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No-Code Software: Is the Future of Coding “No Coding at All?”

Developers are coding less and lessAs I’ve often written, low-code/no-code development platforms are the future. There’s good reason for that.

Tremendous Investment in No-Code and Low-Code Software

A study by 451 Research found low-code/no-code platforms can increase developers’ efficiency by between 50% and 90%. John Rymer, VP and Principal Analyst of Forrester says low-code development can speed up software development by a factor of ten.

As a result, Gartner forecasts that the market for low-code platforms will grow by 21 percent this year. It also says low-code development platforms will be responsible for more than 65 percent of all application development by 2023.

App Builders Will Code Less

No-code and low-code software: the future of coding is no coding at allIf that’s not enough, consider this: Chris Wanstrath, co-founder and former CEO of the world’s most influential code repository, GitHub, says “The future of coding is no coding at all." This, from a man who oversaw a business that as far back as 2017 had 67 million repositories, 53 million monthly visitors, 1.5 million teams, 100 million pull requests, 1.5 billion commits a year, and approximately half a Petabyte of code.

At GitHub’s annual Universe conference several years ago, Wanstrath outlined why he thinks low-code/no-code is the future. He noted, “Software is a means to an end, and the more people we can invite into that, the easier we can make it to get to that end, the better the world will be for all of us, the more powerful software will be and the brighter the future will be.”

He added, “The real meat of software development isn't the coding, it isn't the typing, it isn't the compilers. At the end of the day it's what you're building and the effect it has on the person you're building it for. Writing code is an amazing act, it's challenging, but in some ways, it can be a barrier. And what we're interested in is the future of coding being less about coding.

“Coding is not the main event anymore. Building software is the main event. Coding is just one small part of it. We think the future of coding is no coding at all...Eventually there's going to be zero code. Not for everything, but for some projects you're not going to have to code at all.”

The Best No-Code/Low-Code Platform for You

Alpha Anywhere no-code and low-code app makersAlpha Software understands that the industry is moving away from time-consuming native coding. We've built two powerful app makers built for two different types of users: developers and non-developers.

The Alpha TransForm no-code app builder helps business users who can code. This mobile app builder crafts online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Learn more about Alpha TransForm and try it free for 30 days.

Alpha Anywhere low code app development software helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. You can build apps for  If you need to take apps further, Alpha Anywhere low-code development software has the unique ability to rapidly create mobile-optimized forms and field apps that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. You can build apps for free with Alpha Anywhere Community Edition.

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About Author

Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.

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