From Retail to Building Apps

How the Jetveo Low-code Apps Builder Creates a Promising Career

Jakub Ráček enjoyed an exciting, yet unsettled, life not unlike many contemporary young people. He graduated from an advanced high school and got a place in a specialized university program for furniture design.

Then, things went sideways.

But, at every step, he had a nagging feeling that he still wanted to design, to create, to make something.

He feared that it was too late, that the programming door had been closed.

Technology

Out of curiosity, Ráček looked into a programming future. He delved into Swift Playgrounds to learn app programming for Apple products. Later, he installed Unity, a game engine, to play with writing game-logic in C#.

“I was into computers all of my life,” Ráček said. “I was playing games a lot and I made websites for fun in html. They were just really simple and nothing complicated; I just did it for myself. I always wanted to make games. I didn’t want to learn programming because I thought programming was a big wall that I couldn’t get over. I thought it was too late.”

Facebook posts. Reddit threads. Discord discussion groups. The internet was teeming with information about programming. Ráček found online courses. He had previously delved into Swift Playgrounds to learn app programming for Apple products; Unity, a game engine, enabled him to write game-logic in C#; and he took some C# courses on Udemy.

“I saw that it was possible to learn programming even if you are older than most, or even if you are just a young kid,” Ráček said. “You can always start from scratch.”

Employment

Of course, having a skill is just a detail at the bottom of the CV. The key is to have the job experience of using that skill in a way that helps a company make money.

Eventually, Ráček saw a Facebook post about a position for a full-time developer with a start-up company, Alfaveo.cz, s.r.o., which develops business solutions on the Jetveo App Builder.

“I wrote that I wasn’t a developer and that I had never had a tech job, but that I was learning and it might be interesting for them to grow someone from scratch,” Ráček said.

That, in effect, is what Ráček has done since the end of April 2021 as a full-time developer. He has helped with many apps, led the development process for several more and provided important feedback to enhance the low-code Jetveo App Builder so that both senior programmers and other novice programmers will be able to quickly develop business solutions.

Since his hiring, he has helped with apps that manage a national network of pre-schools, helped with the warehouse inventory for an international organic diaper producer, and developed a meter-reading app for the utilities of a municipality by simplifying a routine process and saving many manhours.

More impressively, Ráček is the main developer for three apps for the National Theatre of Prague. One details the regulations for the hundreds of people who work for the theatre and for the public. The second handles the process of decommissioning assets, replacing Excel spreadsheets, Word documents and signatures with an app-based workflow, online documents and electronic approvals. And, because the first two were successful, a third app was requested for the commissioning of new assets so that, when someone needs a holiday decoration for a performance of the Nutcracker, the automated process alerts accounting and management to get the ball rolling.

If you are looking to start (or continue) a career in programming, take a look at the Jetveo App Builder. Go to Jetveo.io.

If you are look for an app, go to Alfaveo.cz.

Originally published at https://jetveo.io on January 3, 2022.

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