What is no-code?

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.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-code_development_platform

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.

Sample Parabola flow

I personally like the term “visual development” a little bit more than “no-code”.

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Learning about Developer Relations: articles from past year

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.

How to measure Developer Relations – DevRel meetup recap

Why developers have influence today?

How many developers did we help?

Make developers awesome

Scaling Developer Relations with an online conference for developers

Developers don’t hate marketing

Developer Relations: content series

Applying the Fogg Behavior Model to Developer Relations

Share outcomes and results, not features

SF DevRel meetup at MuleSoft – what I learned and notes

Interesting content ideas you may consider

Where to publish content?

Notes from DevRelCon SF 2019

Notes 📝, Pictures 📷 and More💡from Developer Relations Conference 🥑

Using online meetups to scale your Developer Relations program

Active developers vs. awareness events, an approach we are trying

Why Developer Advocacy programs should consider working with partners

How content creates content

How to measure Developer Relations – DevRel meetup recap

This week I attend the first DevRel San Francisco meetup in 2020: How to Measure Developer Relations with Amir Shevat. This blog post is a short recap, notes and pictures from the event.

The topic of the event was how to measure success in Developer Relations. Amir is a great speaker and used examples from his experience running Developer Relations at Google, Slack, and Twitch.

Speaker picture
Amir Shevat
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Why developers have influence today?

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.

To help better understand what we do I tell them that we work with developers where our mission is to provide developer education, help developers be successful, help developers solve their problems, and make developers super heroes. Most folks wonder why we have to do that. I tell them that developers today have a lot of influence and some are even making purchasing decisions.

Evans Data Developer Relations Conference: Over 95% of developers have some role in purchasing
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Kubernetes with OpenShift, data wrangling with Pandas – watch December 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

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.
  • Creating OpenShift projects
  • Creating OpenShift Applications
  • Managing OpenShift Applications

Watch two different recordings:

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A year of blogging every week

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.

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What we accomplished in 2019

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.

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How many developers did we help?

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).

I listened to a great Under the hood of Developer Marketing podcast with Jesse Davis:

where Jesse shared that a metric we should care about is how to help the developer next.

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Watson Voice Agents, Neural Networks and Serverless for Mobile – watch November 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

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.

Watch the recording 📺

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No Code/Visual Development links – November 26, 2019

News

📖 Microsoft wants anyone to be a developer, whether they code or not – Microsoft shares plans to make anyone a builder and creator

📖 ‘Low-Code’ Becomes High Priority as Automation Demands Soar – CIOs are embracing the use of No Code and Low Code tools to allow noncoders to build applications

📖 Low-Code Platform Adoption Gets a Boost from Digital Transformation – use of low-code platforms has increased and will continue to do so in the near future despite negative feelings according to a survey

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