Code is the foundation of the most advanced technologies that fascinate us and have embedded deep into our lives. Not long ago, programming was seen as a new kind of art which involved learning complex machine languages and writing code was perceived as a never-ending laborious task. Now it has become a profession that offers a diverse job market and makes a lot of money. Even though technology has become way more complicated, the role of a developer has become further convenient – credit goes to all the code libraries available online.
Writing code from scratch is still a thing, but there are tools to speed things up and minimize the need of typing everything out. Once upon a time, the computer was an object that only a person knowing computer language could operate. Today, even a 5 year old can access the internet and pretend to be a 45 year old on Facebook.
Visual programming has emerged, which relies entirely on automation and artificial intelligence. It has become possible for anyone to create their own website without having any knowledge of computer languages. All they need are some powerful yet simple tools, which have been created by developers themselves. This scenario resembles a lot to building blocks, which in this case are chunks of ready-made code. With a few basic guidelines, the requirement for an actual IT expert naturally disappears. It’s a win-win situation for many startups as it will save them a lot of time and money associated with hiring or outsourcing.
The question that comes to mind is that are tech geeks bringing upon their own demise? In order to make work easier, are they willing to let robots replace them?
The codeless agenda is not limited to the development of simple web pages, but is gradually extending towards complex applications as well. Platforms like “Zeroqode” and “Bubble” allow you to make customized clones of many popular apps in the market. Suppose you want to create an application that is similar in function to “Uber” to facilitate transportation in your region – that can be achieved without any hassle and for less than a quarter of what a real programmer might charge you.
Currently, the job market for developers/programmers looks good and the number of people learning to code is increasing steadily. In fact the demand for skilled programmers is so high that the supply sometimes falls short. However, with impressive advancements in codeless technology, the future of manual code looks risky. Compared to humans, AI completes tasks in a mechanical way. It builds from information that already exists and therefore true innovation cannot be expected. On the other hand, it gets the job done faster and is free of making errors. If given an option, very few businesses will opt for a real person because he/she requires greater investment in terms of time, emotion and money.
Despite everything, it is illogical to say that coding will become obsolete. It will always remain at the base of all these visual programming platforms. The only thing replaced will be manpower because coding will become automated. Partial manual coding will be preserved for constructing a product that is unique or never seen before. Apart from that the codeless agenda is likely to prevail the IT industry.
Programming without code is certainly a blessing for the common man. It is a means of giving people a power to ‘invent’ stuff with little or no prior experience. This platform can also be seen as a gateway to infinite creativity as people of all professions get a chance to contribute. This does not mean that everyone will stop hiring developers. Most large scale and prominent organizations will prefer to hand over their projects to professionals.
Creating apps or web pages via codeless platforms still requires some effort; your non-IT staff may not be willing to take up the responsibility (at least not for free). Your product will ultimately represent your brand and pave the road to success. Putting your trust in an amateur + an automated system might not seem good enough just for the sake of saving a few bucks. When a machine fails you, you can only cry. When a person fails you, there’s someone to blame and usually that’s enough to comfort yourself.