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Those low-code tools devs love so much? They'll grow 20% in 2023, says Gartner

yetanotheraoc Silver badge

We must have missed that memo

"It's probably the biggest misconception that low code is going for the jobs of developers. It's not about replacing en masse all these different jobs but rescaling and retraining your employees."

I call BS. That's not the biggest *mis*conception. That's the biggest *correct* conception.

Here at $bigcorp, there is a huge push for low code and automation, but the business users are only allowed to push the buttons. To _create_ the buttons you need to send a request to an external team of new hires who have been "trained" on the low code tool. It's the worst of all possible worlds. Whereas before you had to send your request to a dev team that didn't know anything about the business but at least knew their trade, now you send your request to a dev team that doesn't know anything about the business and doesn't have a prayer of getting the stupid tool to do anything beyond the basics.

The article mentioned Apex. We had Apex when it was the new shiny, but it was the same issue. It may be low code compared to a from-scratch custom db application, but with a corporate-mandated development model divorced from the end users it went nowhere. They built a few things with Apex, there were two types. (1) An insanely complex thing that shouldn't have been built in Apex, where the devs spent all their time fighting with Apex to get it to fulfill the business requirements. (2) A trivial app that was completely suitable for Apex, *however* once running you could never get any changes made: "It's working now, we have no time for change requests because we are spending all our time on (1)."

I got all excited when they recently showed us an Apex-alike "low code" tool, backed by a database (not Oracle, so much the better). That would have so many uses in my line of business. Then they explained that the end users only get to push buttons, there is a team that does the development. Worse, they are only interested in doing "big" applications. Same mistake they made with Apex, taking on type-1 anti-solutions. Oh well, at least they learned from Apex that they won't have time for the type-2 solutions, so they are just saying "no" up-front.

Long story short, despite the rhetoric there is no interest in empowering the business user with accessible tools. Quite the opposite, the business user is mandated to be a passive _consumer_ of tech. The low code push is all about saving money by not having to pay skilled devs to use complex tools.

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