Developers in the age of AI

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Developers in the age of AI

In a webinar hosted during Code Institute’s annual careers fair, Elevate, industry experts Reshmi Goff from Microsoft and Menno Odjix from Mendix, alongside host Peter O’Connell, shed light on the ever-evolving landscape of software development. This enriching conversation covered a spectrum of topics, from emerging skill sets to the impact of AI co-pilots, all while emphasising the imperative of continuous learning and human accountability in the age of artificial intelligence (AI).

Unlocking Creativity through Skill Sets

The discussion began by highlighting the importance of skill sets that fuel creativity. Reshmi, a seasoned professional in the field, then highlighted the enduring significance of business analysis skills. She emphasised that every challenge in software development fundamentally boils down to a people problem, stressing, “Put the human being at the centre of it.”

Reshmi shared her transformative journey, showcasing the power of business analysis skills across diverse industries. She underscored the timeless nature of these skills, emphasising that understanding business processes remains critical for success.

“Fundamentally, everything we solve for is a people problem. It’s a human problem,” Reshmi articulated, driving home the point that, irrespective of technological advancements, the human touch is irreplaceable.

The Evolution of Development Workflow

As the conversation progressed, the experts explored the impact of low-code platforms on the traditional development workflow, with a focus on Microsoft’s offerings. “What low code excels at is concatenating all the discrete activities that you have to do to get an application from somebody’s mind and an idea into an application that runs somewhere,” highlighted Menno from Mendix. The efficiency gains brought by low-code platforms were acknowledged, allowing developers to expedite the development process.

However, a note of caution was sounded – despite the power of low-code platforms, mastering the entirety of the technology involved is a challenge. The need for specialists with deep technical understanding, especially in areas like cloud deployment, was underscored.

Human Accountability in the Age of AI

The discussion seamlessly transitioned to the integration of AI into development processes, with the notable mention of tools like GitHub Copilot as a significant leap forward. Reshmi and Menno emphasised that these tools, powerful as they are, still require human validation.

”It is a copilot. It is not a pilot. It still requires human validation,” emphasised Microsoft’s Reshmi Goff. The overarching message was clear – the ethical responsibility of developers and stakeholders is paramount. Blind reliance on machine-generated code could pose risks, and human accountability remains a cornerstone.

Continuous Learning: Key to the Future

Throughout the webinar, the significance of continuous learning was subtly underscored, with specific allusions to the essential role of coding in an AI-driven future. While acknowledging the efficiency gains offered by low-code platforms, Menno and Reshmi emphasised adherence to best practices and a solid understanding of coding fundamentals as prerequisites for success.

“Utilise what’s available. Do not reinvent the wheel,” cautioned one expert. The underlying message was clear – while low code and AI present exciting possibilities, a strong foundation in coding principles remains invaluable.

Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities

The webinar concluded on a positive note, acknowledging the exciting evolution of the software development landscape. Reshmi Goff, Menno Odjix, and Peter O’Connell expressed optimism about the future. They emphasised the need for collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning to shape a responsible and innovative future in software development.

In the fast-paced world of technology, the webinar provided a compass for aspiring developers and industry professionals alike. As we navigate towards an AI and low-code-driven future, the importance of learning how to code, human skills, continuous learning, and ethical responsibility, as highlighted by Reshmi Goff and Menno Odjix, stands tall, promising a dynamic and promising journey ahead.

Embrace the journey of continuous learning and position yourself as a key player in the exciting realm of artificial intelligence. The future is AI, and with the right skills, you’re not just a spectator – you’re a driving force. Download our latest ebook on the importance of software developers in an AI-driven future through the form below. 

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