Are Web Dev GUIs Going to Replace Us?


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By Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski - Full Stack JavaScript Web Developers. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about web dev GUIs — what are they, are they going to replace developers, are they good or bad, and more!

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Show Notes

1:30 - What is “codeless”?

  • The codeless movement is coming in with a force. Are they just selling something? Or is it a real concern?
  • All types of jobs are being replaced by computers
    • Truckers
    • Cashiers
    • Lawnmowers
    • Doctors
    • Why not web developers?

7:22 - First experience building sites with a GUI?

10:18 - Entire website builders:

13:17 - When are GUIs useful?

  • Brochure site
  • Basic e-commerce

20:26 - Is a GUI/Codeless always better?

  • It depends what you’re capable of doing

25:21 - Levels of hell GUI assistance in builders

  • CMS - Just modifying content and basic markup
  • Access to code, drag blocks into place
  • No or minimal access to code
  • No modification outside of options

31:36 - Are there GUIs for making applications?

36:54 - Are jobs at risk?

  • Yes

    • I think a lot of WordPress tinkering has already been replaced
    • The guy who knows what buttons to push is at risk?
    • Webmaster jobs where the roll was just occasionally updating HTML and text
  • No

    • Government
    • Educational institutions
    • Major corporations that can’t have their content stored via a service

39:55 - Our favorite GUIs to help development

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