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Jon Kolko's post code is material: why designers must learn to code got me thinking, and predicting:
Designers don't need to learn to code. The code will come to them.My Programming Arc
I wrote my Hello World in FORTRAN at the University of Minnesota in the early 1980s. But I started programming in earnest as a Civil Engineering undergraduate in the mid 1980s in the days when fast was turbo.
Thankfully I never had to program in machine code. One great programming leap was the advent of commonly used computer languages like FORTRAN that abstracted the complexities of machine code.
Another Great Leap
|Alan Cooper in his office|
at Cooper in San Francisco
Visual Basic derived from a form generator prototype developed by Alan Cooper and his company called Tripod.
Alan Cooper put the "visual" in Visual BasicThe visual nature of the new Visual Basic paradigm abstracted the software maker from the underlying sausage.
The Visual Basic leap for occurred after the 1991 COMDEX/Windows trade show. There have been no equivalent leaps since. We're overdue.
The Next Great Leap - A Future for Creatives
Returning to my assertion that
Designers don't need to learn to code. The code will come to them.I suspect there will be a bright future for creative types. All that's needed is another revolutionary leap in development tooling that will enable designers to do what programmers do without having to know how to code. Someone will abstract the complexity.
Today's rich client frameworks and persistence schemes have lots of hoop-jumping complications.
Too much sausage meat!Take heart, I think tooling will be invented that will put the sausage back in the case.
It is laudable to know the your work environment and the materials you work with through and through. But in the case of making applications, simplification by abstraction is what frees us to be creative.
Already tools are appearing that enable applications to be built without the gratuitous and frustrating hair balls that require the services of a programmer.
So I think the code will come to the designers. Application development will be made visual, gestural, instinctual and intuitive.