How to Attract New Programming Talent to the MultiValue Marketplace

Young professionals entering the creative world of computer programming get excited about developing apps (programs) for the digital economy. Little thought is given to the database.

Gen Z (born 1996 – 2015) and Millennials (Gen Y – born 1977 – 1995) have lived with mobile devices most of their lives; it is part of their DNA. Most of Generation X (Born 1965 – 1976) cannot live without their mobile phones and tablets. How about those baby-boomers?

How do we attract new programming talent to the MultiValue marketplace? Tell them how great a “non-SQL” database named MultiValue sometimes called Pick is. Show them how many of the largest companies run on it. Tell them that more than 50% of new car dealers and Home Depot and Blue Cross/Blue Shield and government agencies rely on it. Let them know they can leverage Microsoft Visual Studio, C#, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5 and most standardized technologies to integrate with MultiValue to create apps for the digital economy. Tell them that they can easily learn tools from the fastest growing software development marketplace called “low-code/no-code” to speed their development work.

Pick’s database is extraordinary and has lasted 50 years. According to Wikipedia – “The Pick operating system consists of a database, dictionary, query language, procedural language (PROC), peripheral management, multi-user management, and a compiled BASIC Programming language”; add Python, others. However, the inability of all the stuff supporting the MultiValue database itself including the programming languages and surrounding tools has a major disadvantage; they cannot create digital experiences!  

Everything we do in our personal life relates to the digital economy and mobile devices. Everything we do in our professional life is moving in that direction. Sadly, much of the user and MultiValue development community is stuck in the late 1900s, early 2000s.

We are aware of the aging of our MultiValue talent pool. Companies are losing programming talent to retirement and worse. Those remaining have great knowledge of the MultiValue system and almost no knowledge of how to leverage it for modern world apps. Enter low-code/no-code development.

A major benefits of low-code/no-code development is its ability to allow almost anyone with a working knowledge of computer applications to create apps for the digital economy. The introduction of the low-code/no-code platform, Evoke from BlueFinity seamlessly integrates Microsoft development with MultiValue databases and business logic. Evoke supports other databases such as Oracle, SQL Server as well.

Did I mention development time to create an app is anywhere for 4 to 10 times faster than long-hand coding making MV programmers, new talent and citizen developers more productive than they have ever been? The cost of developing and maintaining an app for the digital economy is significantly less than creating a new application based upon DataBasic and/or Python for the desktop!

The MultiValue database and program code can be combined with industry standard technologies supported by Microsoft. That means programmers that know MultiValue can leverage Visual Studio, C#, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, Python, etc. and be productive in creating apps as well as modernizing legacy applications for the digital economy. It also means that programmers that know Visual Studio, C#, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, Python, etc. as well as citizen developers can leverage MultiValue and be productive in creating apps for the digital economy; the one caveat is that there is the need for help from a MV administrator or programmer! The apps will run as native and/or web on mobile and desktop devices for Android, iOS and Windows environments.

How do we attract new programming talent to MultiValue? We give them the opportunity to use modern technologies to create apps for the digital economy incorporating a database that just happens to be the MultiValue model.