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Discussion on: The UX of coding is broken

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Jason Leow ~ golifelog.com Author

I think the future is already here, just not evenly distributed yet. Beginning to see drag and drop, templates website builders for specific frontend framework, like React. Drag drop, design in an entirely visual way without code, then export in React. Perfect.

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sheriffderek

If you see drag and drop as the future, then we've already been in the future since 1997. I built things with Dreamweaver in Highschool / and Flash in college - and thought "HTML is over" - and well, I was super wrong. And that's OK.

I see the surface level of that type of stuff as only 1/10th of the design process. If your goal is to learn web development the not professional way - or to become a data entry specialist, then this will be great for those people. If it's just dragging a few boxes around to make the same 7 layout compoents that 99% of sites use, then they wont even need that type of designer anymore. Hubspot and 30 other companies already have that system. Just pick a few out, change the words - and you have another innefective langing page to throw on the pile.

It's OK to dissagree.

But, you're right. Most websites - aren't large long-lived design systems. They can just get dragged around and it's not really going to matter if they are good or bad. Most of them are just there. I'm more interested in serious projects / with big ideas. Funny story: I once made a website for a pretty big animation studio. They were terrible clients. Months and months went by and they couldn't really figure out how to sign off on what we where showing them. They cound't figure out how to sign in. The boss was just having their assistant deal with it - so, instead of asking for the password - she just build them a website in Tumblr. Free! Even though they sill paid us 20k for our time. It was 1/10th as "cool" and robust... but - it seems to work just fine for them.

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Jason Leow ~ golifelog.com Author

Yep. I think the sooner we devs realise that not everyone wants or cares about whether it's done in a professional way according to best practices that only devs care about, the sooner we can add value to businesses.