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One Software Engineer Warns His Peers: “You Are Not Paid To Write Code”

A recent DZone article by Tyler Treat, a backend engineer at Workiva, warns developers:
“We’re not paid to write code, we’re paid to add value (or reduce cost) to the business.”

He explains that software engineers “should understand that they are not defined by their tools but rather by the problems that they solve and ultimately the value they add.” 

Treat advises DevOps teams not to wait for other teams to finish their components or for resources to become available, but instead to adopt a more agile development process.

It’s solid advice for developers to keep in mind as they strain to keep up with the backlog of business application requests.

Read how with Alpha Anywhere we’re helping developers get routine parts of projects out of the way through Alpha's declarative (non coding) approach, so the developer  can focus on solving high-value custom activities through custom codding the front-end and back-end .

Developers who are using Alpha Anywhere have told us that they really appreciate that they can use Alpha's declarative approach (wizards/genies) to deliver the speed of development that their managers require, while at the same time, Alpha's declarative approach frees up the developer's time which they then are able to use for writing custom front-end and back-end code to solve the unique/interesting parts of the app.

This scenario should be contrasted to a scenario that would exist (if Alpha Anywhere was not being used,) where all, or the vast majority of the app has to be coded. In this case, the developer is simply not left with enough time that lets them craft great code to produce an elegant solution to the unique/interesting parts of the app.

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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.