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A change in development

Tweet It seems, or would seem that there is a shift beginning in the development community. How many times have you read a story about some great online success where the actual idea has come from someone with almost no coding experience or ability? These people are often forced to find someone else to create [...]

It seems, or would seem that there is a shift beginning in the development community. How many times have you read a story about some great online success where the actual idea has come from someone with almost no coding experience or ability? These people are often forced to find someone else to create the solution for them, costing a reasonable chunk of money up front.

Frameworks have increasingly lowered that entry barrier to full application (web suite) development. You can now grab a framework that does a huge chunk of the work for you. We’ve all seen the videos for building a blog in 10 minutes but even these require some development. If you want to build something reasonably full on you need to know code, or at the very minimum learn some HTML and CSS.

Now a new change is coming, introduced today at “Future of Web Apps” in Miami, 280Atlas is a solution that allows you rapidly develop web based applications with little to no code required. It’s a beautifully designed system that runs on top of the Cappuccino web framework, and gives you point and click control over many aspects of your application development.

Sure, if you want to get technical and start doing more complex things, then yes, you are still going to need code, but for those who want to throw together a proof of concept, build and interface that consumes existing data, create mash-ups, etc, 280Atlas is going to take the entry barrier and smash it to bits.

Take a look at the video below that shows 208Atlas in use. The video walks through the basic premise and then in the last handful of minutes, builds a fully functioning RSS reader – requiring 0 code, 0 html and 0 css skills.

I am going to guess that 280Atlas will allow you (if not at launch then very soon after) to render your project as an Adobe Air (or Mozilla Prisim or …) type desktop application, heck possibly even as a Web Snippet for pseudo iPhone and Android applications.

The next step in the future of web interface, web application development is just around the corner, and I think it’s called 280Atlas – note, it’s still hidden, not in beta yet!

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One Response

02.25.09

It reminds me of http://sproutbuilder.com/(which I love and have used in a commercial app). And flex builder layout view. I think Sure all these apps ca get you going quickly but when you start to customize and build working apps I have found these type of sudo programming apps limited.

But with out doubt this is one to keep and eye on and I cant wait to see where they take it.