I'm a little unclear on the stance that's being taken in the article...? It goes back and forth between, "developers will one day become obsolete" and "no, there will always be a place for developers, maybe...depending on the type of development it is."
I can't say I strongly disagree with anything in the article, but it takes such a broad viewpoint, there really isn't that much to disagree with.
At the end of the day, sure, the development practices of today will one day be obsolete. In the same way that there is less demand for any technology of later years. One thing to bring up though, is people always put this burden on developers, but it applies to designers as well. Just as technology is changing allowing us to build functionality easier, the ability to create "experiences" is also becoming more standardized as well. Color scheme generators, animation libraries, UI frameworks, stock photography websites -- all tools of recent that facilitate the "design process."
At the end of the day every industry evolves and everyone needs to be aware that their in-demand skills will at some point fade away. If you don't want to continue to learn and evolve with your skills as the industry demands, either be very good at what you do know, or don't be shocked when your skill are less desirable.
Thank you so much for joining the discussion. I agree with your additions to the article.
The purpose of the article is to observe a trend and find out what it means for our industry. For designers, but especially for developers. In the article I don't try to take a stance, at least not when it comes to future predictions. As they might turn out be untrue. I do think that advancements with these code machines will greatly influence the career of developers. But it's not entirely clear when, but for some (small website shops) it's already the case. It depends on the industry your in if this is a risk on the short or longer term. I think it's important to observe these trends to be able to decide in what direction you or your business will go. That's my main point: don't get intimidated by these code machines, but don't be surprised by them either.
For designers it's an interesting trend. Designers will be able to do more themselves, and without the need of a developer.
I agree with your observation that at the same time this trend of standardization also applies to design. The article that inspired me to write this post about code, Design Machines does a great job in describing this and finding solutions to keep designers relevant.