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What is Visual Programming, and How will it Matter in 2022?

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DhiWise

January 18, 2022
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High-level programming languages are great but do they always make sense to humans? Not exactly, as while textual computer code is purely executable, they aren’t understandable to standard users interested in viewing the process up close.

As programmers, we are undoubtedly at ease with executable code. But, how often do we think about those human demands that do beyond a machine’s perception and abilities? Not enough! 

And that is exactly why we shall now discuss Visual Programming at length, to embark on a new era of application and software development. 

For the uninitiated, Visual Programming is a more illustrative form of programming, allowing the programmer to be more humane. Coming to the more concrete version, a Visual Programming language is all about ensuring that developers can explain their toils, logic, and excerpts to humans.

How is Visual Programming Implemented?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of visual programming, let us understand how developers approach it in the modern era. While some consider visual programming as an illustrative language, it is mostly deployed via exclusive tools. And the intuitiveness of the tool determines the transitional gap between traditional and visual programming.

‘Better the tool, lesser the gap.’

As a developer, migrating to visual programming, when needed, shouldn’t be an assault on your senses. And if the gap is minimal, it becomes easy to sketch out the app or software as a well-defined flow of core activities. The tool rendering visual programming support eventually uses the flow and built-in resources to convert the skeleton into functional software.

Features of a Visual Programming Tool

Some call it a tool, while some regard it as a software module! Regardless of what the definition is, here are some of the key traits that make Visual Programming stand out:

  • No regard for ‘Cases’ that are usually relevant to high-level, Object-Oriented languages like Java
  • Comprises GUI elements like figures, objects, drop-downs, and more
  • VPL (Visual Programming Language) makes way for spatial textual layouts, images, and hardwired actions that can be visually realized and illustrated
  • A better illustration of actions, inputs, connections, and even output
  • Optional traditional code view
  • Better and quicker API integrations and responses
  • Code formatting is automated
  • Improved memory management via automatic garbage collection
  • Proper referencing via connections to libraries and repositories
  • Easy to use and implement generics, including interfaces, classes, models, etc.
  • Easy to deploy attributes within the visual components (no need for parentheses)
  • Pre-existing templates that take care of the app UI
  • Logic builders are ingrained within the tool

Benefits of relying on Visual Programming in 2022

Visual programming simplifies app and software development, period. And as a programmer, you are always better off with humans understanding the modus operandi of app building.

Human-Friendly

First of all, an effective Visual Programming platform doesn’t necessarily chalk out a new language per se. Instead, it promises a more interactive version of the existing front-end, back-end, and cross-platform languages or frameworks to make them more understandable to humans. And as a developer, even you can get a more granular perspective regarding the app with a Visual programming platform by your side.

Coming to the specifics, a VP tool offers a more interactive and responsive layout, led by interface components, forms, and GUI essentials.

Shorter Learning Curve

As an aspiring developer, you can hardly go wrong with Visual Programming. With development bits easier to pick up than usual, courtesy of a more illustrative interface, a Visual Programming tool or software model even lets non-technical users pitch in.

Built-in Functions

Traditional programming needs you to declare functions using text-based codes and inputs. However, a VPL-based tool lets you use built-in API integrations, actions, built-in AUTH modules, navigation routes, validators, field changes, and other resources.

Easy Code Attachement

If you are an experienced programmer who cannot do without boilerplate exposure, a Visual programming tool lets you link or extract code relevant to each interface component. And you can always export the code to do that geeky coding stuff.

Easy UI Building

Traditional app-building needs you to approach design and development separately. However, the VPL route lets you design the UI quicker, courtesy of pre-existing templates, screen libraries, and design imports. And you can even set navigations, reposition components, and set layout-specific functions with ease.

Visual Programming = Graphic Programming?

Yes, you guessed that right! Visual programming can be used interchangeably with graphic programming as both offer GUI-based resources. And either of these allows you to create 2D and even 3D applications with multiple layers within a standard programming environment.

And contrary to popular belief that Visual Programming aims at replacing standard software code, a good VPL-powered tool complements traditional code writing. VPL makes use of a graphical user interface that is powerful and useful on its own but can be recreated as multiple lines of boilerplate code.

VPL in the Era of ProCode: With DhiWise

As much as we adore traditional programming, it isn’t always decipherable, sustainable, and useful for non-technical users. Therefore, before ProCode became popular, all thanks to DhiWise, developing an application used to be hard work. 

Multiple lines of repetitive code, hours of whining about the logic, fixing syntax, debugging extensively, and checking the entire boilerplate for that single runtime error were prevalent. Cross-platform apps weren’t mainstream as developers had to follow different routes to launch apps on Android and iOS platforms.

An while the advent of Visual programming made things easier, Low-code and No-Code resources were never able to solve some pressing real-world programming issues like scalability and incremental inclusions. However, this lack of adaptability relevant to modern-day VPL resources is steadily getting fixed by DhiWise, the world's first 100% developer-centric ProCode platform.

DhiWise aims to keep the nuances of conventional programming languages intact by presenting them in an illustrative format for improved accessibility. And if you are a professional who still prefers boilerplate access, the detailed code view is still accessible.

DhiWise, as a ProCode platform, brings you the best of both worlds by bridging Visual and Traditional programming into a top-shelf offering.

Why Use DhiWise for New-Gen Visual Programming?

If you want to explore accessible app development, DhiWise might just be a useful ally, courtesy of the following resources:

  • No Upfront Coding
  • Expansive tech stack
  • Support for mobile and web apps
  • Code view of the app for the professionals

, and more

To wrap things up, DhiWise takes the best bits from NoCode and Low-Code VPL evangelists and buffs them up with the mentioned features. And what matters is that any app built using Visual Programming on DhiWise can be deployed, managed, scaled, and monitored at will, all while keeping the security safeguards intact