Mind the Gap - A mid-level development manifesto
Thu 19 Mar 2020, 10:06 AM
by Ben Langhinrichs
Low-Code and Pro-Code Advances
HCL has done a great job building up the infrastructure for Domino 11, and has made good progress toward a micro-services architecture, basic Node.js support, and other goodies for pro coders. Simultaneously, they've been adding value for low coders/citizen developers with HCL Volt. But as they have acknowledged many times, there is too much of a gap between the two. It is difficult to make the leap from citizen developer to pro coder. If anything, the gap is widening, and HCL doesn't seem to have particularly good answers for how to fill that gap. They have plans, but not the grand vision required.
The need is great and urgent
This is a problem. As governments and companies grapple with the increasingly long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on their need for running distributed enterprises, they will need developers who are closer to the business end than the tech end, or the very mid-level developers who are left out or marginalized by recent app dev efforts. There is no time to waste, and plenty of other companies trying to meet the needs with solutions and technologies no where near as mature or complete as Domino.
Defining what is needed
We need APIs and technologies to bridge the gap. They need to be powerful, yet simple. They need to be intuitive enough that somebody who didn't study software in college can pick it up, but still flexible enough that somebody who did study software in college can use it. We need APIs that focus on Domino-specific functionality, not simply general web or business tech. We need APIs that allow dynamic design, rapid evolution, and a pathway from day one to forever.
If HCL doesn't meet the need, we must
The world is in chaos and will be for a long time. For the sake of our customers, our companies, and ourselves, we need to make this work. At Genii Software, we have a long history of building for the mid-level developer, and helping the citizen developer become a mid-level developer, and eventually a pro-coder. We cannot and will not wait to see if HCL can meet this need all by itself. Keeping businesses intact, functioning and moving forward is our primary goal, and Notes/Domino is the best platform for accomplishing that, but only if we can tap into its strengths. Creative, new applications built around collaboration and distributed, secure enterprises are needed now, today, perhaps even yesterday. Of course, Genii Software isn't the only ISV developing solutions in this area. If you are aware of others, please mention them in the comments so people know. Let's do this!
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