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Low-Code/No-Code: Democratizing Software Development

Learn how low-code/no-code platforms are revolutionizing software development and empowering organizations.

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It’s no secret software development is no easy task; writing good code is a skill that takes years to master and is a continual learning experience. Coding demands a highly advanced and in-depth understanding of programming languages and development protocols, especially considering the complexity of enterprise applications. It’s certainly not something the average Joe can just pick up and learn.

Demand Vs Supply: The Global Developer Shortage

As more and more processes are automated, this creates a need for new applications, and the bottom-line is there’s a global shortage of skilled developers to meet these application demands.

We’ve reached a point where there are far too many vacancies and not enough highly skilled developers available — despite numerous layoffs — and this shortage is only expected to get worse.

Organizations need to change their approach to combating this shortage. Instead of waiting for a skilled developer to turn up, the focus must shift to simplifying software development, enabling anyone to participate in the development process even without formal training. Enter citizen development.

Citizen development is an approach to software development that revolves around enabling non-IT-trained individuals in an organization to develop software, workflows, and automations without having to rely on skilled coders.

Software Development Doesn’t Need To Be Complicated

Due to ease of use, low-code/no-code (LC/NC) development platforms are leading the citizen development charge. These platforms make software development accessible and fairly easy to pick up due to the straightforward and intuitive interfaces they feature.

With LC/NC platforms, the development process can be as simple as dragging and dropping software elements and linking them to create workflows. The underlying code governing the behavior of these elements is prewritten and designed to help them work together. Thanks to these platforms, developers no longer have to write each line of code individually, freeing them up to focus on more pressing tasks. These platforms also enable those without formal software development training and experience to develop simple applications or software functions. This can significantly shorten development times, enabling rapid delivery.

More and more organizations are beginning to adopt LC/NC platforms into their development process; Gartner predicts that “by 2025, 70% of new applications developed by organizations will use low-code or no-code technologies“.

It’s Not All Smooth Sailing, However..

Yes, LC/NC platforms can greatly speed up the software development process, but they lack the scalability and control traditional coding offers since you’re relying on the functionality of a completely distinct development platform. And while nowhere near as steep as pro-code development, LC/NC platforms do still have a learning curve, especially when you’re someone with limited or zero software development experience. This means training costs will also have to come into the equation when an organization aims to equip a team of citizen developers.

When dealing with citizen developers and their relatively limited skillsets, experts still have an important role to play in the development process. Someone needs to test the applications developed by citizen developers to make sure everything is working as it should, and who better to handle testing than the experts? And it’s not just testing; they can even make optimizations when necessary.

A Future Where Skilled Coders And Citizen Developers Can Work Together

The increasing adoption rates of LC/NC platforms aren’t a threat to developer jobs. These platforms aren’t going to replace them; rather, they can free the experts up to actually focus on critical development tasks instead of repetitive and simple processes.

If anything, the increased adoption rates of LC/NC platforms will drive up the stock of expert coders because we’re looking at a future where anyone can develop software but only a few can code.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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