Whether or not it is appropriate, trending in software industry is the term or notion of “Low code” Platforms. And more specific, in board rooms at clients office it is hot! With just a few clicks, one can build software, apps and IT infrastructures faster, more efficient, cheaper, and as an additional advantage: without those awkward developers. Is that really true? Sales and marketing of these low code providers would like to make you believe that, and give you the illusion you can just pick a “citizen developer” from any street corner and they will fix your application.
Despite marketing, it seems harder than it looks. Without a thorough IT background working with low-code is a tricky road, and will sometimes create more problems, not solve them. Alternatively shouldn’t you just let a trusted, educated, experienced software developer be the user of such a platform? They know how IT works! But experience shows they tend to look down on “low code”. After all, what is more fun and satisfying than programming in java or python yourself? It will give you way more flexibility and you can do anything low code won’t even let you do. In short, most developers do not like to be in some modelling dashboard and will try to work around it.
In this session we will give you a brief history lesson on low code, will show you a very powerfull promise, yet on a dangerous road towards it. We will be doing some experiments with the audience in order to find out for whom low code platforms and modelling dashboards are really made for.
This session combines a philosophical contemplation with hands-on science, as Emily is on a research project at Luminis Technologies, about “Differences in mental models of expert and citizen developers in DaaS services”.