Software development refers to the process of conceiving, designing, programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing involved in creating and maintaining applications, frameworks, or other software components. It is a planned and structured process that involves writing and maintaining the source code using one or more specific programming languages to build the software from the ground up, but in a wider sense, it is a process that begins with the conception of software and ends when that software is successfully manifested. Research, development, prototyping, modification, reuse, re-engineering, and maintenance are also involved in the software development process.
The history of software development began in England in 1948 when computer scientist Tom Kilburn developed the Manchester small-scale experimental machine, which ran the world’s first computer program on June 21, 1948. The sophistication of programming in the following years helped in the evolution of languages such as Fortran, BASIC and C. However, software development would come into its own with the release of Apple’s groundbreaking Apple II System and directly competing with it, VisiCalc- introducing Personal Computers that brought spreadsheet software to the masses for the first time. Slowly but surely, code-based software development took over the entire world.
Today, in the world of self-driving cars and full automation, we tend to focus less on the development and maintenance of archaic machines and more on the data and the software that runs them. Information stored in a digitized manner not only saves space but also makes it easily available & accessible around the world for anyone who might need it. Efficient storage of data also helps businesses provide consistent performance for those who utilize this data. Also, the data collected from day-to-day tasks, when paired with the right software, helps businesses keep a record of their client base and the trends associated with them, known as Data Analysis. Software development also helps improve client’s experiences and assists organizations to bring more feature-rich and innovative products to the market. Hence, we can say that software development is essential for businesses as it increases the competitive spirit and helps them stand out.
Even with all the perks of basic software development that the traditional approach offered, the modern approach to software development introduced No-Code Development platforms. A no-code development platform is a tool for building software applications without needing to write a code. It is a popular and promising alternative to traditional software development, which helps even non-technical business users develop their own software according to their needs, without the hassle of entering multiple lines of code. No-code platforms promote the idea of employees becoming citizen developers, who build their own basic productivity apps for consumption by themselves or others, using approved technology and required IT support. They move the power of innovation into the hands of your entire organization.
No Code Platforms use declarative programming, and is concerned with the what, as opposed to the how- you tell the system what you want, and build it accordingly. Traditional software development platforms use the line of code as instructions that convey to the platforms how to implement the desired functionality. Meanwhile, with no-code development platforms, the app creator defines what the app does, rather than how it does it.
A no-code development platform is easy to operate. It basically provides the user with an interface builder. The user can drag-and-drop certain pre-built elements that have been coded already onto the UI, and instantly see a visual model according to the display screens of a laptop, mobile or a tablet. This allows the user to manage data easily and without much hassle. This drag-and-drop interface helps build complex applications a lot faster, & even the testing is automated, which further reduces the development time. Also, no-code platforms eliminate the need to hire developers, thereby taking away a lot of overhead that comes along having a team of skilled software developers on the payroll. It also increases productivity, as the apps are built at a much faster pace than before. If a certain app took weeks and months to build using code, the same could be built using no-code platforms in a matter of hours or days. Moreover, with the thousands of lines of code in traditionally coded applications, you can’t change a functionality or feature at the drop of a hat. But with no-code platforms, you simply implement new logic and can have the change ready in a matter of hours.
Now, with all those advantages that no-code platforms hold over the traditional coding, does it mean no-code will put software developers out of work? The answer is no. I believe that software developers don’t need to worry, as due to the rising demand and addition of new jobs, there is a massive shortage of software engineers currently. No Code platforms can only replace application development into the hands of the application users, but that’s not all the work that a software developer or an IT team inside a business organization does. No Code development addresses the worldwide shortage of software developers so that they can be put to more critical IT tasks. Moreover, even no-code platforms can’t emerge out of thin air. They will need to be developed using good old-fashioned coding. Since a no code platform is also developed using traditional coding and programming languages, for its maintenance and update, we still need software developers. Also provided they reduce human effort, but no-code platforms and AI-based tools can’t replace human ingenuity and values like leadership, planning and creativity.
But you can’t deny the fact that no-code platforms are the future of software development. Surely, software developers will still be needed for various reasons, but even they should be ready and willing to adapt these new circumstances. They should ensure to constantly advance their skillsets and acquire new skills. They should also push themselves to become leaders in their respective fields. They should try to learn how to use the new development tools and incorporate them into their own career development, continuing to grow and develop as a professional.
I’ll conclude with the fact that software developers will most certainly not be replaced by no-code development platforms, but with the growing trend of no-code technology, they will need to learn to thrive along in that future.