One of the few things people say nowadays is that software is eating the world. The demand for applications is so high that we simply cannot keep up. The gap between IT departments and the business demands is growing manifolds. The No-Code movement has come in as a blessing in this scenario.
The early digital computers, although not very useful, were far more powerful than the punch card machines that they replaced. Nonetheless, they were very hard to program. Instructions needed to be written in assembly code, which is time-consuming and difficult. In 1950s the development of FORTRAN came in as a miracle, which replaced the assembly language into command statements that combined the lower level code into something that resembled with a language.
Today, similar initiatives are underway to transform codes into a visual interface. The underlying code is still there, but it can be represented more simply. These low/no code platforms are beginning to disrupt how software powers an enterprise.
The Cloud Disruption: In the initial times, developing systems required a substantial amount of investment and expertise. Also, once they were built, they were difficult to modify and upgrade. So systems would go on for years without being upgraded. The entry of cloud and internet disrupted many of these legacy systems by making powerful systems available to just about anyone with an internet connection.
Democratizing Business: In today’s digital and smartphone era, almost anyone can take, produce, and store a limitless number of photos at a negligible cost. This has resulted in the innovation of hundreds of new technologies and business. The power and the ability to take and publish photos are now available to the many and not just a few.
Solving everyday problems without Code: We have already started witnessing this shift towards the code-free future. It requires an understanding of a number of different technologies like web servers, backend databases, and front-end configurations. We can witness this trend in products such as Dexter, WordPress, and Dropbox. These products have created an interface that allows people to have an easy access to the underlying technologies. Everyday jobs such as storing files and building websites can now be achieved with little to no training required.
The irony here is that developers are the doorkeepers to this code-free future. They can produce interfaces that permit more people, without any coding knowledge, to create more value in their products. Thus, there will always be a need for professional programmers. Ultimately, technology would evolve, but the problems will always be there.