Should Citizens be allowed to Code? If so, what will this mean for the future of programming, we need your vote

Both of these questions come up often when talking about the emerging trend of no-code application development and the impact on programmers. We all tend to get worried to a point of jumping to conclusions when entirely new disruptive ideas are proposed — like — no code application development and promises of creating programs without having to learn code syntax.

The truth is programmers will always be needed — especially those with deep full stack development expertise and any programmer with highly specialized coding experience. The more we explore the impact of this no-code trend, we see how programmers will benefit from increased opportunities to work with less experienced programmers using no-code development platforms.

This present conundrum is why we have proposed a SXSW 2017 panel “Should Citizens be allowed to Code”. Interested? We’d greatly appreciate your Thumbs up on the topic and leave a comment — we are looking for all viewpoints.

With software development tools becoming more sophisticated and easier to use by removing the need to learn code syntax, people can think about problem-solving from a higher level of abstraction. Programmers share or sell their existing code libraries with non-coders who will use those unique libraries as a configurator in a no-code development environment. We see this being the way of the future, and it means that, everyone benefits.

People who have deep technical expertise in a specific business area or industry can work hand-in-hand with experienced programmers to do even more complex projects. Coders drive the key development of the more complex underlying framework of new tools and more advanced applications. Non-coders as configurators can work their way toward ever more complex problem solving. This way experienced coders can spend more time doing what they love, solving complex problems that are the core of any application’s value.

At this point in the article I imagine the reader has formed one opinion or another. I’ve presented the topic enough times over the last 18 months to realize how polarizing it quickly becomes in conversation. I have noticed posts in about no-code programming with many stridently worded comments to authors warning them of being overly idealistic about the future. There are people who feel adamant about the world of programming code being difficult if not sacred. The promise of a no-code approach for creating applications is often a point that is argued versus discussed. We would all benefit from more discussion given the advancement of the trend.

On the other side we have people who are intrigued by the idea of not having to learn code syntax in order to create web applications. They have technical depth in various engineering, science or business processes and they just want to create applications themselves.

We believe there is an approach that encompasses both the experienced and the less experienced programmers. This is what we’ll be talking about at our SXSW 2017 panel with Mark Magnuson CTO of Concepture and Julie Shannan Director of and the plan is provide answers to these questions:

1. What are the opinions and truths about the no-code application development trend?
2. Who benefits from building applications with tools that do not require writing lines of code, and how does this impact business growth?
3. If no-code programming continues to grow and evolve, what might be possible for a wider range of social, economic, and gender perspectives?

Give us a visit and a thumbs up or a thumbs down. You get to vote on the panel until the end of August. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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