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Is software now everybody’s job? The implications of low-code and no-code for developers

What are the implications of the growing low-code/no-code movement to professional developers and their business counterparts?


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Some industry experts argue that the time has come for business users to be able to steer their own destinies when it comes to application development. That’s the message conveyed at a recent conference focused on this very topic, sponsored and hosted by Ninox. (I was a participant and moderator at the event.) The Covid-19 crisis illustrated the advantages low-code and no-code are bringing to the world. “Some IT organizations are faring better if they already have low-code platforms in their tool belts,” according to John Bratincevic, analyst with Forrester. “They have more agile ways of development, and the scale of having many businesspeople on a platform.” 

If there is one silver lining that came out of the crisis, it is an acceleration toward user-driven application development and deployment, agreed

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Microsoft: VS Code update gets new features with programming language TypeScript 4.0

Microsoft has released the latest update to its open-source cross-platform code editor Visual Studio Code, bringing changes to formatting, Notebook UX updates, improvements to Source Control views and IntelliSense improvements from TypeScript 4.0.

VS Code version 1.49 works to remove unnecessarily large pull requests by only formatting text that’s been modified via a new command, ‘Format Modified Lines’, and a new setting, ‘editor.formatOnSaveMode’, which restricts Format on Save to modified lines.

The Notebook UX changes aim to improve the cell execution order label to make it easier to discover. Previously, users couldn’t see the execution order label (#) while executing a cell. So the VS Code team has shifted the table below the execute button. 

VS Code users can also now use two new settings to customize how the cell looks with respect to the location of the tool bar and whether or not the Status bar should be visible. 

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Spotify Original Podcast Dissects Donald Glover’s ‘Because The Internet’

From late February to early April 2020, internet use skyrocketed. The New York Times reported that, in the month-long time frame, use increased 27 percent, Houseparty use increased 79 percent, and remote-work services like Zoom and Google Classroom were used more than ever before. Everything — from our ability to socialize, to many people’s ability to continue education and white-collar work — is Because the Internet

For reasons associated with our increasingly-virtual lives, among many others, the Spotify Original podcast Dissect is devoting its seventh season to Childish Gambino’s 2013 concept album Because the Internet. The first episode of the season premiered September 8, and episodes will release weekly on Tuesdays. 

Dissect is a serialized music podcast that examines a single album per season

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