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Haven't we seen this future evolve for decades? FORTRAN used to be the tool of choice for any work that involved crunching numbers. Then VisiCalc came along in the late 70s / early 80s building on good ideas that originated in the 60s and took (aside from macros) the programming work out of number crunching for most laypeople. Those who still needed more under-the-hood capability got tools like MATLab.

Software loaders / installers started as byte loaders and moved along to what we have today which is often specified using config style files that don't involve a lot of programming, but stand on the shoulders of general-purpose installers that programmers wrote.

The trend is to take routine things, generalize them, and create tools to provide those generalized capabilities to people who then don't have to write code. So the trend is toward codeless software.

However, there's always a leading edge to all of this; some next new thing that needs to be created, that often stands on top of all of the generalized automations that we no longer have to write, leaving us time to think about the new good ideas. We can pull together tremendous amounts of functionality as we build out containers, but we still need to commit some code. IFTTT is a great example of automations being built without writing software, but someone wrote IFTTT, exposing its generalized tool to the masses in a way that non-programmers could automate routine tasks.

Yes, there's a future for codeless software, and hopefully we're writing it. But there's also a future for code pushing the boundaries.


In reply to Re: Is there a future for codeless software? by davido
in thread Is there a future for codeless software? by pollsters

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