The latest trends in software development from the Computer Weekly Application Developer Network.
First, there was code.
Then, the Earth cooled… and then there was low-code.
Sometime after, there was also no-code and ultimately we saw that sometimes the two toolsets collided in a whirl of abstracted tooling… and so we got low-code/no-code,
Then, climate change happened and a whole host of other things ensued until eventually, we also got low-code/no-code business process solutions.
This skew or sub-genre (marcoms fluffs would say ‘specialism’) of low-code/no-code is made by the grunge-fans at Seattle-based Webcon, which has just come forward with its Designer Desk process modeling software. 
Users can use this tool to turn application ideas into functional, interactive, fully documented examples ready for IT to validate and complete. 
The company calls it a way to addresses a critical gap in process automation – initial requirements definition – allowing organisations to take citizen-collected business needs into ready-to-use application prototypes.
Known as citizen-assisted development, this is where business stakeholders and professional application builders collaborate on software. It is a web-based no-code tool optimized to help business users gather requirements, create an application prototype, take that prototype for a test run, collect feedback, refine in real time and forward on to development to turn into a complete production-ready solution. 
With one click, Designer Desk generates actionable documentation, automatically translating the prototype into complete specification requirements for IT.
“Designer Desk is different from other tools in that it doesn’t ask you to build the entire application. Instead, you visually and interactively build an example of one,” said Mike Fitzmaurice, chief evangelist and VP of North America for Webcon.
“It’s a web-based, no-code, drag-and-drop solution optimized for business users, IT departments, integrators, analysts – everyone. Since determining requirements often takes as long as actual development, this is a true game changer for building business process solutions,” he added.
Designer Desk allows users to define and model the workflow, form layout, data and reports the prototype will need, as well as desired roles and privileges. 
Instead of configuring every possible option, business users can annotate what they want in terms of business rules, connections to other data sources and applications, automation actions, etc. Professional solution builders translate those annotations into application features.
Designer Desk is available to test (with no time limit) for free.

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