3 low-code and no-code trends in the year ahead

Over the years and even decades, there have been many efforts to make the lives of professional developers easier, with low-code (or at least lower-code) solutions from fourth-generation languages to CASE tools to mashups to serverless computing. Lately, there have been renewed efforts and solutions to broadened this concept, to put some form of abstracted development tools in the hands of non-technical users. How’s that going?

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The prospects for low-code and no-code software development over the coming year are mixed, according to chief technology officers participating in a recent roundtable organized by The Software House. As reported by Dennis de Vriesin in Silicon Canals. “I don’t believe that everyone can suddenly create software,” says Bastiaan de Ruiter, CTO of Blanco. “Putting low-code platforms in the hands of everyone will create problems with governance.” 

Lately, vendors have been pushing forward with low-code and no-code solutions, recognizing

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I looked at all the ways Microsoft Teams tracks users and my head is spinning

This is your fifteenth Zoom meeting of the day. And you’re still smiling. Please contact HR.

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My head is recovering from something of a pivot.

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You see, a couple of weeks ago Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella declared, in an interview with the Financial Times, that Teams could soon be a digital platform as important as the internet browser. Yes, Microsoft Teams.

This startled me a touch. The world seems to have moved rather quickly of late.

I thought of all those working-from-home employees, real people who have been thrust onto Teams. I wondered if they like it. I also wondered just how much it records what they do.

You see, this became an especially poignant issue when Microsoft slipped into a puddle of controversy with its 365 Productivity Score feature — since modified — one that seemed to rate individual employees for their alleged

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A critique of Canada's tech startup ecosystem, whose growth is being held back by the mindset of angel investors, the government's SR&ED tax credits, and more (Alex Danco)

Alex Danco:

A critique of Canada’s tech startup ecosystem, whose growth is being held back by the mindset of angel investors, the government’s SR&ED tax credits, and more  —  Toronto is not the next great startup scene.  Neither is Waterloo, or Vancouver, or anywhere in Canada.  —  I’m sorry that I have to write this.… Read More