Recently, we came a across a fascinating article in Inc. Magazine about designers who are also able to code titled "The Value of the Designer Who Codes." The premise of the article is that one of the most valuable employees or group of employees in a company today are those with both design and development skills. This belief is summed up well with the following quote:
"It's no mistake that this is very much the sort of thing that is most valued within the most effective software teams in Silicon Valley. Let's call it "the designer who codes." This is the sort of person can build exactly what he knows people need, with an aesthetic that compliments its use, with no back-and-forth. "This article resonated with us at Alpha, because the key goal of Alpha Anywhere is to empower or equip a broad base of talented professionals (including designers) with a development capability that allows them to focus on the functionality and the visual appeal of the business applications that they want to build, while lowering the "coding" requirement. So we think that a better way of thinking about the problem is "designers who can develop (with the option of writing code only if they want to!)"