What you need to know

Betty Blocks’ vision is that by 2023, anyone can build an application. That’s why we focus on citizen developers: Individuals who can use our platform to contribute business solutions, but who do not have a background in programming.

Although the citizen developer is a key part of our vision, we want to make it clear that we don’t think professional developers and hand-coding are going away any time soon. Nor do we think that citizen developers should replace programmers.

We depend on the collaboration of IT and business, including the support of professional programmers to make citizen development, the platform and its implementation a true success.

We asked developers who made the switch

As a programmer, what do you like most about working with a no-code platform? Here’s what the developers who use Betty Blocks to develop at our partner companies had to say (you can read more about a developer’s perspective on no-code here).

  • “Having a no-code solution takes away the minor things that distract you as a developer.” - Dennis Tel, Elixir Developer at Betty Blocks
  • "The no-code solution makes it possible to sit next to my client and make their vision come to life right in front of their eyes." - Bas van Ginkel, Senior Business Engineer at EsperantoXL
  • "It always gets me when a client says, 'Cool demo. How many weeks would it take to get this production ready?' and I get to answer, 'This is production ready...' and watch the jaws drop." - Daniel Willemse, CTO at Betty Blocks

Other benefits of developing with a no-code platform include better client collaboration and real-time collaboration. Because of the platform’s accessibility, developers can actually co-develop with clients because clients are able to directly give feedback. This way, you avoid the constant back and forth of tangled chains of communication.

Why no-code

The purpose of no-code is to help solve some of today’s big problems in software development: A shortage of developers. The pressure to develop faster and shorten time to market. Reducing IT’s backlog of the small projects that never go into production. The continuous increase of massive amounts of data that we need to structure now and in the future. The need for more collaboration between business needs and IT.

No one is saying that coding is dead or that programmers are going to be out of a job--just that the demand for software is explosive, and we need more types of solutions to be available.

Why Citizen Developers

Programmers are a hot commodity these days, and there are far too few to go around. We need more hands on deck to support the ever-increasing needs for software. Citizen developers are meant to help fill this gap, and lessen the burden on IT department backlogs so that programmers can focus on larger, more complicated projects.