GitLab 내에 낮은 코드 도구의 역할

Source: GitLab Blog | Author: Valerie Silverthorne

소프트웨어가 세계를 먹고 있고 세계적으로 소프트웨어 개발자가 부족하다면 기업들이 어떻게 살아남을 수 있을까?

정답은 시민 개발자(citizen developer)입니다. 시민 개발자는 공식적인 개발자 배경 없이 코드를 작성할 수 있습니다. 두 가지 유형의 도구는 이것이 가능하도록 합니다. 낮은 코드 옵션들은 시민 개발자들이 코딩 기술 중에서 가장 초보적인 것만을 사용해도 앱을 구축할 수 있게 하는 반면, 코드 없는 솔루션은 일반적으로 다른 개발자가 사전 조립한 코드 부분을 사용하여 앱 또는 앱의 일부를 구축할 수 있는 WYSIWYG입니다.

Low-code and no-code tools have been available for a long time – 4GL, computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) and rapid application development (RAD) tools were all precursors – and according to IDC, today their use is on the rise. In fact out of 23.4 million developers worldwide in 2019, IDC said 1.76 million of them are low-coders, representing 7.5% of the total. There were also 810,000 no-code developers worldwide last year, according to IDC’s Market Perspective: Low-Code and No-Code Developer Census, 2019: Growth Begins in Earnest report.

Given the growing popularity, it’s not surprising the GitLab development team is taking a hard look at how to leverage and/or integrate low-code functionality into our tool. Recently CEO Sid Sijbrandij sat down with senior product marketing manager Parker Ennis to talk about the role low-code solutions can and should play at Gitlab.

“So what I like about low code is the potential to have more people programming,” Sid tells Parker. And Parker is definitely enthusiastic as well. “What interests me in low code is providing the ease of getting into something like coding,” he explains. “There’s a high barrier of entry when it comes to programming. I found that first hand when I was an undergrad trying to learn Ruby on Rails. It was an intimidating, tough experience but for other people it’s something innate inside them. One of the really cool benefits of low code is you can have people starting to learn how to code without the intimidating factor.”

Also there’s no question there are simply not enough people with coding skills to fill the demand for software, Parker says, pointing to data from industry analyst and blogger James Governor who says the world will need around 100 million developers in 10 years. Remember, we’re at just one quarter of that today.

Parker is particularly excited about the potential of low code tools to get kids interested in programming at an early age. “How can we educate the next generation in how to solve the problems we are creating today?” he asks. “Low code is a viable option.”

Meanwhile today at GitLab we’re looking at ways we can make it easier to integrate low code tools into our workflow, Parker says. We might go further than that if a viable open source low-code tool arrives on the market.

Cover image by Anas Alshanti on Unsplash

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