There’ve been citizen developers as long as there’ve been computers.

Back at the start of my career, I wrote a filter modelling tool in QuickBasic after filing up sheets of paper with the math I needed for only one project.
If I’d been doing that a few years later, it’d have been an Excel spreadsheet.
If today, well, I’d have a huge choice of tools.Microsoft’s long been aware of the demand for programming tools for power users. You only have to look at how powerful Excel’s macros are and how Microsoft has tried to bring back modern-day versions of those early Basic development tools.

Even Access has continued to change and adapt, most recently adding tools to quickly build and deploy simple web apps on an intranet.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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