Over the history of software programming and app development, I’ve observed that the the number of developers and/or technologies/APIs and/or costs and/or education required to build an app will decrease by 2x every 2 years.
No-one can be sure just how many apps exist in the marketplace. One of the primary issues is that there’s graveyard code that exists not-in-the cloud that is not open source. There exists commercializable code that sits on dead or private repos.
Websites that once took years to build can be cloned with fewer more robust technologies with less experienced developers who have been educated in less time.
HIPAA Compliant App
5 years ago: Building a HIPAA compliant websites used to take several thousand dollars a year and take a few months to put together.
Today: It takes less than 20 minutes to build a HIPAA compliant web app with TypeForm with zero coding skills.
To scrape a website, one was required to have a full on technical team.
Today, scraping can be done visually with a non-technical person at the helm with technologies like import.io and kimonolabs.
Software is Eating the World
All these things contribute to a world in which the coding bootcamp industry grew from 0 to 150M in 3 years flat. (2015 being the end year)
A world in which there are over 100 healthcare APIs.
A world in which there are entire SAAs companies that have close to zero humans but get hundreds of millions of impressions/user interactions.
A world in which you don’t even have to know how to do environment setup and can begin coding. Vida & Nitrous.