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Do-it-yourself applications development is on the rise as business users increasingly turn to codeless programming tools to create applications. "We also have a whole new wave of business users that are not intimidated by the notion of application development," says Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri. Consultant Kevin Smith says applications and tools such as Coghead, a Web application for code-free development of other Web applications, makes him wonder how traditional developers who have to go through the process of coding from scratch stay in business. "It's such a game changer," Smith says. "I think it turns developers from wizards who read the magic book and know the syntax into business analysts who understand the processes and goals of what they're trying to achieve." Coghead, Caspio, Zoho, Wufoo, and other programs make it easier for nonprogrammers to create applications. Coghead CEO Paul McNamara says cloud computing tools could increase the number of potential software builders in the world tenfold. Codeless software development makes a lot of sense for business applications that have multiple records, business logic, notification, and other straightforward features. Gualtieri cautions that codeless software development is not as easy as some would suggest, and says that nonprogrammers should expect to confront a variety of challenges.

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