Google Cloud has acquired AppSheet. Do I care? At first I thought, “Not really, it’s just interesting news.”
I guess that I do care in the sense that I want to be valued as a programmer, and no-code development feels like programmers are being thrown away in favor of something else. The driving force behind this is development costs. Even if an independent programmer only charged $5 dollars an hour, in two hours the customer would have paid $10 dollars, which is twice as much money as the $5 a month AppSheet plan.
It was recently announced that Google has acquired AppSheet a low-code platform for business users that lets you build applications that can integrate into a variety of sources including Google Sheets. This has resulted in an interesting thread on the Google Apps Script Community Google Group linked to from the source link at the end of this post, in particular, impact on Apps Script developers. On the one hand you can argue that products like AppSheet, with there low/no code environments remove the need for developers. However, the general consensus on the thread is rather than removing developer opportunities it may in fact create them with opportunities to extend the basic functionality of AppSheets. This comment from Alan Wells in particular caught my eye:
What AppsSheet does, is increase the number of apps and code being created, as opposed to lots of business creating no apps at all. It’s kind of like, you need a lot more mechanics if everyone can afford a car. If only the rich can afford a car, then there aren’t going to be many car mechanic jobs. So, I think that AppSheet is filling a need, which increases the number of apps. Some of those apps will crash, and they’ll need the equivalent of an auto body technician to repair the damage. This is part of the evolution of the computing industry.
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