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Empowering users to prototype what they need

Jon Udell, A virtuous cycle for analytics:

We recognize this software pattern in the way application programmers who push a system to its limits induce systems programmers to respond with APIs that expand those limits. I suppose it’s harder to see when the application environment is Metabase and the systems environment is Postgres. But it’s the same pattern, and it is powerful.

See also scientists and engineers who can program well enough to validate that their ideas work and then hand them off to developers to scale them.

I’m making a distinction between using Metabase, in Jon’s post, and learning programming because in many cases, scientific and engineering questions can’t be answered (sadly) with SQL queries and a nice friendly UI like Metabase’s.