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Praveen Seshadri
 |  January 08, 2017


2017 is poised to be the year of the "no-code" citizen developer. This is not just some cottage industry or niche movement. While we are still at the early stages, "no-code" is a global transition that will transform the landscape of computing. For the very first time in the four decades of popular computing, the huge gap between creators and consumers of software will shrink and in fact potentially disappear. At AppSheet we're at the forefront of this change. 

As members of the AppSheet team, we are privileged to have a ringside view of the sweeping changes this mobile movement brings. Our customers are experiencing this change, and we learn a tremendous amount daily from our interactions with them. It is all inspiring and  perhaps this is the right time to definitively declare the five tenets of the no-code app creation

1. Anyone

No pre-required level of skill, education, training, or technical sophisitication will be necessary to build apps. Instead, the requirements will be a sound understanding of the problem domain, an inquisitive mind, an innovative spirit, and a willingness to experiment. 

2. Any problem

No specific scenario or problem will be automatically "too hard" for the no-code citizen developer. Of course, certain no-code platforms may focus on specific domains (eg: AppSheet currently focuses on business apps whereas another platform might focus on game development). 

3. Anywhere

Geographic contraints will not limit the no-code citizen developer. Likewise, the minimal resources needed for No-code development will minimize the effects of resource disparities between residents of different countries. This levels the playing field and allows anyone in any country to create apps.

4. Any form factor

There is an explosion of form factors for apps. Desktop, browser, mobile devices, chatbots, IoT devices, watches, cars...the list grows every year. Very soon, all of the physical objects we interact with will become app hosts, and apps will also run in the network that connects and integrates these devices. Any of these apps on any of these form factors will be created by the no-code citizen developer.

5. Any data

If there is one single crucial component of any app, it is the data that the app collects, displays and interacts with. Most of the data in the world is moving to the cloud. Any cloud data will be accessible to the no-code citizen developer.

Of course, no single no-code platform will satisfy all these factors immediately or easily, and certainly not in the span of a year. However this year, it will become clear that these are all achievable goals and in fact that they are goals that will transform the next decade of innovation in the software industry.

AppSheet is excited to introduce several changes this year that will make it even easier for anyone to create an app in new ways. Here's to a 2017 full of innovation and mobile transitions!

Our newest white papers, Empowering Citizen Developers: A Guide, walks you through everything you need to know about empowering employees to create powerful no-code apps that benefit the whole organization.

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Praveen Seshadri

Praveen is CEO of AppSheet and full-time coder. Over his career, he has pursued the "dream" of declarative end-user programming in various incarnations. In a previous life, he was a CS professor at Cornell University. And in another previous life, he was a partner engineering manager at Microsoft in the SQLServer and Bing teams.

[No-Code, Mobile Trends]