In this blog post you will learn about the no-code space, its history as well as some of its advantages and disadvantages.
What is no-code?
Okey, so what is no-code? No-code is using any tools that allow you to build software applications without coding, usually using visual and drag-and-drop tools. The following definition form Wikipedia describes this space nicely:
No-code development platform (NCDPs) allows programmers and non-programmers to create application software through graphical user interfaces and configuration instead of traditional computer programming.
Instead of writing code you can use graphical user interfaces, configuration and wizards to build software applications. For example, an integration no-code tool Parabola allows to build app logic using a graphical flow instead of traditional programming. You wire and connect various components such as API calls, mappings into a flow which is then executed.
I personally like the term “visual development” a little bit more than “no-code”.
I learned a lot about Developer Relations in 2019 and in the process I have been sharing my experience here. The following is a collection of articles I published in the past year. I hope some of the content is valuable and helps you build and grow your program. I of course continue to learn. I’d love to hear what you think and what other topics I should cover.
When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m in Developer Advocacy/Relations space. Most people look at me confused and say: what? Even folks who are in a software space usually don’t know what this role is.
The following online meetups we hosted in December 2019 with links to watch the recordings. I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.
📹 Kubernetes with OpenShift (December 11 & 17, 2019)
In this hands-on online meetup with Dave Nugent developers learned:
What is OpenShift, and how does it compare to and improve Kubernetes
Provision an OpenShift cluster for you on IBM Cloud, so that you can complete two interactive workshops.
Last January I set a goal for myself to publish a blog post every week that offer some value, even if small (I actually started in February 2019). I couldn’t miss even a single week, no excuses. I had to publish something. Now, not every blog post was a long-form, in fact most blog posts were short and cover something very small/specific. Nevertheless, the goal was not to miss a single week. For me it was important to get into the habit and stay consistent and once the habit was established it became easier to come up with content ideas and write every week. If this also works for you — that’s great. You should come up with your own approach to keep going.
If you think it will be hard to come up new ideas every week that go beyond the standard tutorial, article or how-to, I shared a blog post on interesting content ideas you can try. The blog post covers the following ideas:
Notes or summary from a conference, meetup
Event in 10 pictures
Links to series of articles
Links to previous month video recordings
Since I published that blog post, here are some additional ideas to help you.
IBM Developer NA West team had a great 2019, the team accomplished a lot. A big thank you to the team 💙. I want to share some of the highlights of what the team did in 2019. You can also check out the cool infographic below.
Measuring success in Developer Relations is always one of the most interesting questions or challenges. Every organization does it differently – from measuring how many stickers were handed out, how many Twitter followers one has, to how many people attended a conference talk, to how many API calls were made. There are many more things you can measure. Every approach has its pros and cons and every organization will use an approach that helps reach their business goal(s).
The following online meetups we hosted in November 2019 with links to watch the recordings. I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.
📹 Build Watson-Enhanced Voice Agents on IBM Cloud with Nexmo (November 6, 2019)
In this online meetup with Dave Nugent developers learned how through the IBM Voice Gateway and Nexmo platform integration, you can direct voice interactions with a cognitive self-service agent—IBM Voice Agent with Watson—or access real-time transcriptions of a phone call between two people.