On “missing” values, null and undefined aren’t the same as an empty string. For example, if there’s an object for a person’s name that has a middle name field, does empty string mean 1) “we know that this person has no middle name”, 2) “we don’t know” or 3) we haven’t yet been asked or tried to input this”? Another example is when you want an undefined attribute to inherit from some delegate. Empty string can’t serve this purpose because it may mean “we know this value is an empty string” instead of “we want this value to be inherited”.
2 years ago
Would you attend FoC Demo Day at Strange Loop in Cleveland in October?
@Ben Wheeler do you work with Christopher Willis-Ford ?
2 years ago
A lot of the demos I see for novel programming environments run on laptops, which all programmers own. But most people right now are on smartphones or tablets, which are severely underpowered from a programmability perspective. This makes me think that the potential impact for these kinds of projects is actually much bigger on smartphones than on laptops(I concede that on the scale of decades though, these hardware trends may be less meaningful). So I’m curious if anyone here is working on programming for smartphones or tablets, and what your thoughts are on the limitations and potential there.
As we discussed earlier, the secret is now out: from Airtable to UIPath to Retool, thenew darlings of"NoCode" have caught the attention of young founders who want to build empires. The scene has become popular, and commensurate with that the quality has gone down. As of today (January 2019), we see a half dozen pitches a week for automation software. Most lack deep insights onthemarket. Theyjustwanttojointheparty.
What used to be a signal of originality is now a signal of conformity.
Another space to look at is EdTech. Many programming platforms for education are trying to be no-code-esque. I saw a talk from PolyUp (https://www.polyup.com/) where the founder repeatedly emphasized “students don’t write code, they write MATH!”