Zero Code Revisited

  • May 6, 2015
  • Scott

With bpmNEXT behind us, why not revisit the Zero Code Hypothesis yet again.  This time, the excuse is a thoughtful post by Peter Hilton, that turns the zero-code myth on its edge and looks at it from a different perspective.

Declaring that using point-and-click or drag-and-drop environments is also programming misses the point: it’s also different. To continue the previous Keith Swenson quote:

“You have not eliminated coding, you just disguised it.”

In practice, it turns out that disguising programming has an advantage. The important difference between disguised programming and normal programming is not the typing but who gives it a try. Non-programmers – often business analysts – are often quite willing to have a go at the disguised version…

The concept of “socially-acceptable programming” is then discussed.  But it also makes me wonder if, in the future, it will be necessary to disguise the coding with dialog boxes when more than half of all Stanford undergrads are taking a computer science class, and nearly a quarter are majoring in Computer Science.  Maybe it will just be more socially acceptable to write code.  Time will tell.


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