What are your nontechnical staffers working on T

first_imgWhat are your non-technical staffers working on? The Intuit-sponsored 2015 “State of Citizen Development Report” found workers are creating their own apps to gain efficiency, to get it done more quickly, and actually consider creating apps as part of their jobs.“True citizen development is here now,” said Jeff Prus, director of product management for Intuit QuickBase. “The way people work is changing. Gone are the days where employees will sit back and wait for IT to help them develop a solution. Instead, they want to do it themselves. What that means is individuals without any formal coding skills are actively building apps on their own. According to the research, 68% of respondents consider developing apps part of their day job, yet only 8% of respondents have a traditional coding skill set.”Citizen development often scares developers, though, because they fear work—and perhaps their jobs—will be taken away from them. Prus dismissed this. “That’s not to say IT is left out of the picture. In fact, we found that 75% of IT builders developed the foundation of their company’s apps, leaving the last mile of the apps to the citizen developers,” said Prus. “This allows each person to play to their strengths. IT serves as a strategic advisor for the business to ensure the apps created are scalable, secure and compliant, while business users can focus on solving the challenges at hand and customizing the app to fit their business processes exactly.”Citizen Development transcends simply utilizing a platform to create Web and mobile apps to save time. It’s about inviting non-coders outside of IT to take a bit of the work off your shoulders—especially the last mile where challenges and requirements are unique to their jobs and skills.last_img read more

Salesforce has announced Lightning Web Components

first_imgSalesforce has announced Lightning Web Components, which is a programming model for the Lightning Platform. According to Salesforce, the model will give developers reusable building blocks for creating Lightning apps and experiences.“We are constantly working and looking for ways to help our customers build faster, innovate and deliver new products to their customers and employees,” said Mike Rosenbaum, EVP of Product, Salesforce. “With Lightning Web Components, we are giving developers a standards-driven JavaScript model for building enterprise apps on Lightning. Every time we release a new platform capability we see an acceleration of innovation in our 150,000 customer base, and we are excited to see what our community of developers will do with Lightning Web Components.”EdgeX Foundry releases an updated version of Delhi codeEdgeX Foundry has released the third major code release of Delhi code, providing management features, additional security features, new SDKs, and an updated user interface. Users will also now be able to connect to a wider range of databases and use EdgeX in lightweight devices.“The Delhi release includes the initial system management capability, the next wave of security features, and offers the opportunity to select the database of choice,” said Keith Steele, EdgeX Foundry chair of the technical steering committee and CEO of IOTech. “It saves the developer time and resources and now offers the opportunity for them to use EdgeX in lightweight devices.” MariaDB releases a Connector for Node.jsMariaDB has released a Connector for Node.js. According to the company, this will provide developers with a streamlined way of building Node.js applications on top of MariaDB’s database.The Connector will enable improved application performance, reduced network traffic, and asynchronous processing of database queries from Node.js apps.GitHub announces Content Attachments API betaGitHub has announced a beta for the Content Attachments API as well as four new projects that use the API. Content attachments enable GitHub Apps to provide more information for URLs linking to registered domains, the company explained.According to GitHub, the new projects will allow developers to better communicate visually, file bugs, plan out projects, and document systems. The four new projects include RunKit, LeanBoard, CloudApp, and Lucidchart.last_img read more