Not even a decade ago, learning to code was an entirely different process than it is today. Large text books, pregnant with technical symbols and languages, dominated the bookshelves, desks and mind of budding programmers. Coding was a relatively unique experience, offered to those willing to plough through the mountains of programming languages; able to make sense of what us mere mortals consider an inexplicably daunting and complex topic. However, programming in recent times has transformed, and the future of code is set to ultimately define a new wave of programmers: the citizen developer.
The future of code is the future of work
In 2011, there were less than 40,000 computer science degrees earned across every college and university in the USA. In contrast, four years later, more than 20,000 people graduated from ‘learn to code’ bootcamps alone.
Now, in England, over 500,000 public school children take compulsory computer science courses and millions of people are now learning to code, both in academic settings and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), such as Codeacademy every day.
Since launching in 2011, Codeacademy has helped more than 25 million people learn to code. One of its founders, Ryan Bubinski – a self-taught programmer – has described the change in people learning to code ‘fascinating’, commenting at an SXSW event:
The future of code is really the future of work… coding is more and more not just a job, but a required basic skill.
Despite the transformation in how people are learning to code – as well as the influx in how many people are learning – there is an increasing skills gap mounting on a global level; the demand for programmers is now outstripping the available supply.
The future of code: bridging the skills gap
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, by 2020, there will be one million unfilled coding jobs in America, with the global skills gap expected to be much larger.
Todays’ methods of teaching young people to code has transformed; moving beyond the textbook and finding its place in a multitude of new ways. Entertainment and gaming platforms, such as Minecraft and YouTube are providing visually engaging ways or young people to learn to code. What’s more, MIT’s cartoon language, Scratch, enables users to control their character with colourful blocks – which are actually procedural logic steps.
While this means of teaching young people how to code is supporting the future of code, bridging the current skills gap cannot wait for a new generation of programmers.
What’s more, it is somewhat unrealistic to expect swathes of baby boomers – nearing retirement – and millennials to pursue a new career in software development or learning how to programme on top of their current roles. In order to support software development teams and IT departments, a different solution needs to be found – and the solution lies in redefining what it means to code.
The rise of the citizen developer
In recent years, there has been a rise in low code and no code app development platforms to provide highly-driven problem solvers within an organisation the opportunity to create enterprise apps. In a 2017 report by Kintone, the rise of the empowered citizen developer, revealed that 76% of businesses surveyed stated that at least some of their apps are created outside of their IT departments, with 20% saying that all of their apps were created outside of their software development teams.
While low code platforms can provide benefits for organisations, they do still require an element of programming knowledge and software development team input, which negates the active effort to reduce the programming skills gap, unlike a no code platform, for example. No code app development platforms empower citizen developers, alleviates the IT backlog and transforms innovation – no code platforms support the future of code right now.
The future of code in a Nutshell
With developers in mind, the Nutshell Apps platform was created as a means to bridge the gap between smartphone and tablet innovation and software development backlogs. Once used as a rapid app development platform for our friends at OnTrac, the Nutshell Apps platform spread its wing and settled comfortably in the no code, drag and drop app development platform sector, offering budding citizen developers the opportunity to create streamlined smartphone and tablet enterprise apps, by dragging and dropping components into an easy to use web-based platform.
By using Nutshell Apps, our customers are able to equip everyone in their team with the tools to create smartphone and tablet apps, unburdening IT departments and minimising time between identifying the need for a new app, and its actual completion time. Anyone within an organisation can control an app lifecycle from proof of concept, to deployment, to ongoing maintenance, without requiring them to write a single line of code or have any in depth technical knowledge.
What’s more, while Nutshell is incredibly easy for non-developers to use, it has also been created with native development teams in mind too. By enabling anyone within a team to rapidly prototype apps and ideas, before passing them on to programmers to build in-house, the Nutshell App platform forms a vital part of an IT department’s software cycle.
The future of code is looking increasingly inclusive; seeing the complexities once associated with coding and programmers becoming less prevalent. An increased focus on collaboration is now seeing entire teams working together on solutions to internal issues, which bridges the programming skills gap and unburdens IT departments.
Nutshell Apps is proud to be a part of the future of code and the future of work. If you’re interested in fuelling innovation within your team, and finding out how a no code, drag and drop app building platform could transform your workforce, get in touch with a member of our team today.
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