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Low-Code and Automation of Software Development

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Thomas Hansen

4 months ago | 3 min read
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Disclaimer; I am obviously biased due to being the CEO of a company who's sole purpose it is to automate the process of developing software.

Automation is one of those fancy words we as software developers have been throwing around us for decades, forcing unto others in the process. However, ignoring CI, unit testing, and minor local automation constructs, we've arguably “gone clear” ourselves of its consequences. That's about to change these days. According to Gartner No-Code and Low-Code, often referred to as NCLC, had a market cap in 2021 of 48 billion US dollars, and it seems to be increasing by 25% each year.

At the same time research done by DZone amongst others in the subject shows how 2 digits percentage of software developer have been trying No-Code and Low-Code frameworks the last couple of years. Their top arguments being “faster delivery, better quality, and less work”.

Something is about to change …

When I started out with automation of software development it didn't even have a word. This was back in 2009 for the record, and only in 2016 the concepts of “No-Code” and “Low-Code” were “invented”. Although “invented” sometimes feels like an insult may I add. Back in these days everybody thought I was crazy of course, and going as far as inventing my own programming language called “Hyperlambda” to pull it off, was seen as pure madness.

Last summer I signed a VC deal. It wasn't huge, but it was good enough to hire a handful of devs and keep these guys on my payroll for some 2 to 3 years before I have to start making a profit and turn my startup into a sustainable company. Psst, people are no longer referring to me as crazy, but using words such as “brilliant”, “marvellous” and “revolutionary” as they speak about my tools. People are offering me to write books about my stuff, and I get to frequent famous pod casts every now and then. Even Microsoft allowed me to write about my weird programming language some few years ago due to my persistence. Of course they had to add a “may be bat sh*t crazy disclaimer”, which I didn't mind back then, since to be quite frank I wasn't entirely sure about my sanity myself in regards to the subject at hand back then. For the record; The above article became the 5th most read article of MSDN's 35+ years of existence, publishing thousands of articles, including articles announcing the release of .Net Framework and other classics. Let me repeat my conclusion once more in case you missed it.

Something is about to change …

Today we're 4 developers in Aista, including me. We've got an office, and I've got a company seal to prove to myself that "things are real" - Which I have to repeat to myself every now and then to be honest with you, after having wandered alone in the desert for more than a decade with these ideas. So what is the idea you might ask at this point? Well, a video says more than a billion words. And yes, it's a cheesy video, created by myself in a couple of hours, using an iMovie template to help me out in the parts where I wasn't able to perform on pair with Steven Spielberg. But the choreography of the video isn't really the most important parts. Besides, that's kind of the point, as in “to use computer tools to help us become better”, right …?

And in case you're wondering, yup, the thing is 100% Open Source and free of charge to use 😇

Anyways, I was asked to contribute to this website by Shubhangi on LinkedIn, being a part of DZone's core team, with 1.5 million page views of my articles at DZone, and of course having Magic's NuGet packages now counting at roughly 2.7 million downloads I presume. To go full circle, I'll ask as you a question, which is as follows …

We're about to go public with a hosted solution of what you're watching above in roughly 5 months, with a business plan similar to WordPress. And in order to succeed with my little company, I need my stuff to be 100% perfectly free from bugs and issues. If you want to help me out ensuring this becomes possible, I would appreciate it if you downloaded Magic, played around with it, and helped me weed out bugs in it.

In a weird way I think you owe me that … ;)

Because, as I've said 3 times already so far in this article …

Something has changed! ;)

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