For years now, I’ve been getting pitches from companies that promised to make application development as easy as finger painting. Instead of lines of code that mean very little to anyone other than a few pointy heads, these platforms all take some kind of stab at a drag-and-click, point-and-shoot tool to create web applications.

Sadly, the reality has generally not lived up to the promise, and increasingly that has been the case. It was always difficult to deliver a high-fidelity development platform for the web age, but in this modern, mobile-first environment where the devices we carry include a plethora of different sensors and the best user experience is a result of a deep tie between code and the device, this democratized development idea seems even further from the truth.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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