The No Code Deception

Anybody in web development knows the large corporations are pushing a nocode movement.

But what is the real purpose behind this craze?  

Will nocode platforms make it easier for an aspiring developer to bring an idea to fruition, or will it only prolong their inevitable move to code in order to truly build something unique and valuable.

Finally, is the true motive of the people behind the no code movement more sinister than they lead the industry to believe?

When I began my journey towards becoming a developer, I tried just about every nocode platform out there. I actually began with a mobile IDE called Sketchware, which, to this day, I will praise as the most valuable nocode tool out there — because it was not designed and built for the purpose of enslaving developers into a framework, but rather to teach code itself in a visual way. 

There is a reason the book about the founding of the internet is called Where Wizards Stay Up Late, because coding is, in and of itself, a type of wizardry; and like the early scientists and alchemists of the middle-ages, wizards are still feared by the authorities in power.

After the rise of Facebook and the creation of React.js, a group of very powerful people met to devise a plan to limit the average person’s ability to build something as powerful as the network built by Facebook.

The way Facebook rose to one of the most powerful companies in the world in such a short time was the last straw for these people, the first straw being Google.

During this meeting, a plan was set in motion to make the knowledge of codes less available to the general public.  One of the many ways they planned to accomplish this was by investing a large amount of seed money into various nocode platforms. 

A second tactic was to sponsor the development of numerous open-source libraries which would rely on existing frameworks in order to complicate, confuse, and frustrate multiple processes and native APIs in order make the underlying code and lower machine-level programming languages much more difficult to learn. 

And while it may seem all the universities and online schools are trying to encourage people to learn to code, what they are actually trying to do is harness the curiosity and the skills of potential developers to lead and guide them in a dumbed-down version of development. 

Over the last few years, there has been a great shift in ownership of many of the well-known open-source troves of coding knowledge. From Stack Overflow and GitHub, open-source platforms and libraries are steadily being acquired by a few very powerful organizations.

Microsoft acquired GitHub in 2018 for $7.5 billion, an unusually inflated price for subscription based software. CNBC

In June 2021, Prosus, a Netherlands-based subsidiary of South African media company Naspers, announced a deal to acquire Stack Overflow for $1.8 billion, making it a sister company of Tencent, a Chinese multinational technology conglomerate holding company.

In early May 2019, an update was deployed to Stack Overflow’s development version. It contained a bug which allowed an attacker to grant themselves privileges in accessing the production version of the site. Stack Overflow published on their blog that approximately 250 public network users were affected by this breach, which “could have returned IP address, names, or emails”. Wikipedia

Careful research will reveal it is these same organizations who are seeding the few companies behind the current nocode movement.

What these nocode platforms actually do is hide the code from developers and allow you to only create what they want you to create, while charging you expensive fees for creating and maintaining an app which would be almost free if it were built and launched independently.

And while they claim their platforms make development easier and smoother for the developer and non-technical person alike, this, too, is false. In almost every case, the nocode platforms are nothing but fancy user-interfaces which make even the simplest tasks much more complicated than a few lines of code.

It is time for all developers and euntraprenuers who believe in free and open-source markets to boycott these nocode platforms.  If we allow them to implement their plans, there will come a time when you will not be able to find anything you wish to know about code anywhere on the internet.  Every search result will point you to a nocode platform seeking to charge you for everything you learn or build.

And while we are preserving the knowledge of code for many generations to come, let us also work towards building a new, user-owned internet.

We here at Wikacy will make you this sure promise.  

We will never sell out. 

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