The Dr. Dobb's news desk is understandably wary every time we see a no coding required style story offered up for consumption. Should we encourage so-called citizen developers and bring more of the business function into the realm of the software application development professional? Or should we keep "the customer" at a sensible arms length?
Make your own mind up, but the truth is that these tools do exist and AppsFreedom is one of a newer bunch promising a no-coding tool for building business apps. Version 4.0 of the company's product is the latest release and a free demo version with one-on-one support from the AppsFreedom staff is available.
Founder and CEO Vaidy Iyer says that modern app development in the enterprise is optimized when the organization can harness the knowledge and creativity of "every team member" — and so it is important to bring in the non-programming workforce to accelerate delivery of apps.
AppsFreedom is supposed to be able to give "Line of Business" users the problem-solving orientation of a programmer, which may arguably sound scary to many programmers.
In terms of usage, Iyer claims that firms using AppsFreedom are seeing "tangible savings and productivity increases" because IT departments start to feel unburdened.