No-Code Platforms Are Creating a New (Maybe Better) Class of Developers
Thanks to no-code platforms, developers can be freed from syntax. Use that to up your logic game.
I’ve rediscovered my love of coding. And I did so without writing a single line of code.
No-code platforms are not a new invention. They’ve actually been around as long as code. The first startup I ever joined was a software development company that pivoted to selling the frameworks we had created to increase the speed and quality of our own development.
And as long as I’m dating myself, the first time I ever wrote a line of code was on a Commodore 64. Since then, I’ve founded, built, and sold companies in which I was the sole developer. But I haven’t touched a programming language in any professional way for a decade. I’ve been content to let real programmers do the actual programming.
Over that decade, languages, stacks and platforms have gone in and out of vogue, and most everything I was proficient in got too old to be of much use any longer (happens to the best of us at some point).
I now look at software code like a foreign language I picked up over a summer. I can hear it and I understand some of it, but I’m afraid to speak it lest I sound like an idiot.
No-code platforms are capitalizing on the fact that this is how most business and product professionals view software development. We get it, we kind of understand it, but if something doesn’t work like it’s supposed to, the syntax to get what we want is way out of our league.
But now, users of no-code platforms don’t need to know anything about syntax. Not a single command. This seems like a small change, but it’s actually a pretty big deal.
No-code platforms have begun producing a new class of software developer. And with all that mental energy being tapped for creativity in the logic instead of wasted on the memorization of syntax, no-code might end up producing a more productive software developer.
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