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Software Development for the Visually Gifted

Because lacking coding skills doesn’t make anyone a dummy. It’s a clear and undisputed fact that customized software makes business run smoother. Having reports automatically generated is faster than requesting them at every turn. A system that prompts users to input important information, tracks users activity and monitors workflow and resources is bound to create useful records and increase efficiency.  Sure, paper files are still necessary but in today’s mostly digital office, software development and customization is of utmost importance.

Have you ever had a passionate conversation with a coder? Their enthusiasm almost makes the world of coding seem beautiful.  Lines of text clearly and concretely declaring that “If this happens then that must happen” it’s all so logical and simple. Ahem… simple?  Maybe it’s simple to someone whose brain enjoys staring at the never-ending series of 1’s and 0’s. The amazing potential of these lines of code aren’t lost on those of us who tend to process and think visually, they’re just ridiculously confusing.

Visual representations of code are nothing new, but code that represents visual input is an entirely different beast. Sometimes making things simple involves first breaking them down into something a little more complicated. In Graphical Representations of Rules in an Object-Oriented Environment, a paper published by the Loyola University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science by authors Kenneth Messa, Bogdan Czejdo and Erick Villabos discuss the difficulty and importance of creating workable prototyes of software programs that can be manipulated graphically. They propose that users can “take significant advantage of rule-based programming” by integrating “the rule-based system with an object-oriented language.”

This idea has been compelling to computer programmers for decades now and with so many non-coders becoming inspired by the plethora of software applications available on the market it’s becoming more and more exciting for students and small businesses to look for approaches and tools that will help them develop software that serves their community, industry and niche.

Contact us if you’re more visually gifted than code-brained and learn more about how easy it is to manipulate programming code using graphics instead of actual code.