I’m in favor of breaking down artificial barriers that make modifying applications artificially foreboding for non-programmers.

Artisinal coding is a pleasant side effect of the grey areas between user and programmer becoming accessible: low-skill programming positions become deprofessionalized, inflated programmer salaries drop, and dubious industries that cash in on dreams of reaching those inflated salaries (like coding bootcamps) cease to be profitable. The number of programmers increase, simple programming becomes common and even expected among non-programmers, and general software quality increases. Meanwhile, professional programmers have an easier time.

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