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Lightyear: Integration To Infinity And Beyond

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For some, code seems like a foreign language. For others, being forced to use tools with no code can be incredibly frustrating!

Lightyear is the ultimate integration platform. Throughout this article, we will explore the features and benefits of Lightyear, how it works, and its potential impact on the world of programming and design. Whether you’re a developer, business manager, or just love AI, Lightyear offers a range of powerful abilities to streamline your workflow and enhance your productivity. Let’s dive in!



Lightyear is an integration platform designed to simplify the process of connecting different services and applications. It allows users to create custom integrations using code, making it more flexible and powerful than traditional no-code tools. With Lightyear, users can easily integrate services like Slack, OpenAI, Google Sheets, and more, enabling users to accomplish complex tasks quickly and efficiently as an individual or as a company.

To understand what problem Lightyear solves, it is first important to understand the nature of integrations. Integrations can be thought of as conditional, “If this, then that” actions. For example, if someone wants to send an email to Bob every time Jenny posts on X, through an integration platform, the user can set up that conditional action. In such a case, if Jenny posts on X, the user will automatically send an email to Bob. These sort of integrations can be helpful for individuals but also for companies, taking some of the tedious work out of the job.

In the market today, there are a lot of no-code integration tools. These tools attempt to make integration easier for users, but in doing so they limit many opportunities for coders. These no-code platforms can be a very helpful, simple solution for those who are not too technical. If users have experience programming, however, using code might serve as an easier, more straightforward solution to integration. It also allows for more customizable integrations, so the user is not limited to the available integration parameters of the no-code platform they are using. This can include using AI in integrations. For example, users could say, “Every morning, get all the latest company news and summarize it using AI, then and send it on Slack to my team.” In this way, users can seamlessly use AI in ways which they find helpful.


Mark Hendriks, the co-founder of Lightyear, grew up in the Netherlands. Though he was not raised by parents that were particularly technical, he loved working with computers from an early age. Whenever he had an issue fixing a computer problem, he would take it to his uncle, who helped him get unstuck. Finding solutions to problems and fixing issues was something he found both motivating and rewarding.

An aspect of computers Hendriks always enjoyed was design. As he grew older, Hendriks taught himself how to code so he could make his own games and apps, including an advanced weather app. He has also gained experience at a variety of tech startups and has built many companies design components and projects from the ground up, including this new project, Lightyear.


Lightyear is ideal for individuals who have mild programming experience and have encountered difficulties with existing no-code integration tools. If you've ever felt limited by the capabilities of these tools or have struggled to achieve your desired results, Lightyear can provide a solution. It empowers developers and designers to leverage the power of code to create seamless integrations and bring their ideas to life.

Given the current systems, integration is painful for coders and programmers. As Hendriks remarks, Lightyear “is for people that have experienced programming and have gone through the whole painful integration exercise, either they try to do something on their own without any tools or they felt somewhat limited by using no-code tools.” Coders and programmers are writing code all day long, but when they get to the part of integrations, they are currently forced to learn how to use a new, no-code platform. This experience can be incredibly frustrating.

Hendriks himself, as a coder, felt this pain when trying to perform integrations of his own. He started off using no-code platforms and found them helpful for simple tasks. But as he became eager to do more, he found that “what is very easy in code can be very hard in no-code.” He continued, “I thought about how it would be so much easier to write six lines of code instead of trying to piece it together on this UI (user interface) official builder.” In thinking about how some features of more complex integrations could be much easier using code, he decided to develop Lightyear alongside an old business partner.


Lightyear operates by using code to create integrations between different services. Its intuitive interface allows users to write code easily and efficiently, even if they don’t consider themselves expert programmers. Lightyear offers a development environment which runs on the user’s own machine and allows users to write as many integrations as they want.

Lightyear implements abstracted functions for simple integrations. In this way, even though the platform is code-based, the user does not have to write a new integration completely from scratch if the user wants to add a new service (one that Lightyear does not yet support).

Lightyear also utilizes Co-Pilot, which assists in writing the code by providing suggestions and automating certain parts of the process. The Co-Pilot system does this by taking the documentation from the company the user desires to integrate with and throwing in a code editor. From here, Lightyear formats it in a certain way where Co-Pilot starts auto-completing the integration. The user then gets to make decisions based on what they want to include and how they want the integration to work. Hendriks says, “Basically, Co-Pilot does all the boring stuff you don’t want to do, and it saves a lot of time.” Co-Pilot also learns from the way users write code, including recognizing the language being written in and the tendencies of the individual. This makes for a more personalized experience. This collaboration between human creativity and AI assistance gives the user a helping hand in the integration process, making it more seamless and enjoyable.

Another great aspect of Lightyear is that users don’t have to wait around for the platform to add certain services. If users have their own APIs, they can add them to the platform seamlessly and use Lightyear to integrate with them. The whole integration process for these new tools which are not already on Lightyear only takes a short amount of time, and Lightyear’s easy to follow documentation makes the entire process painless. As Hendriks says, “We try to make it so users are not blocked by what we are doing.” This offers a huge leg up for Lightyear over no-code tools which often limit users to the availabilities of the platform.

Although Lightyear is code-based, it’s worth reiterating that users don’t have to be experts in code to use Lightyear. The Lightyear Github page offers a solid amount of examples for every integration on the platform, which can be used as guides or inspire users to create their own.


Lightyear is a paradigmatic example of how AI is revolutionizing the use of code in various industries. For many programmers and coders, Lightyear will serve as a breath of fresh air, allowing them to avoid no-code platforms in favor of more comfortable, customizable code-based integration guidance.

Looking ahead, Lightyear aims to further automate the integration process and reduce the need for extensive coding knowledge, while always allowing for customization in the code. In the future, users may be able to simply provide a prompt, and Lightyear will generate the necessary code for their desired integration. Lightyear also plans to expand its range of integrations, making it a comprehensive solution for developers and designers alike.

Though still in its early stages, Lightyear is a game-changer in the world of integration. With its focus on code and AI collaboration, it empowers developers and designers to create powerful, customized integrations quickly and efficiently. Whether you’re a seasoned programmer or a budding designer, Lightyear offers the tools you need to take your projects to the next level.


Our FryAI team sat down with Lightyear co-founder, Mark Hendriks, to discuss the details of the project. You can view our full conversation here: