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Top Software Development Trends for the Future

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Posted May 24, 2019

There are significant changes underway when it comes to software development.  Seven key trends are emerging that are changing the way apps and software are being developed:

1. Progressive Web Apps

2. DevOps

3. Cyber Security (SecDevOps)

4. Low-Code Development

5. Blockchain

6. AI

7. AR + VR

Let’s talk about each of these trends in more detail.

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Progressive Web Apps (PWA) Are Replacing Traditional Apps

The advent of PWA (Progressive Web Apps) has the potential to shake up the app world.  These are web sites that look and feel like a native app while being built on web platforms.  This eliminates the need for users to download and install apps but still lets developers use tools like push notifications and backgrounds scripts to speed delivery.

It also eliminates the need to create different versions for Android and iOS users, which cuts down on development time and maintenance. It also avoids having to pay third-parties for placement in the App store or developer accounts.

More Low Code Development (LCD)

LCD (Low Code Development) is seeing rapid growth.  Platforms like Appian allow apps to be developed with minimum amounts of code needing to be manually written.  This opens up development to more than just coders.  User-friendly drag and drop interfaces, logic chains, and visual programming allow for non-programmers to envision apps and software while the code is generated automatically in the background.

This speeds custom software developments by eliminating complex coding demands.

DevOps Is Now Mainstream

While the concept has been around for some time now, DevOps strategies have now become the preferred method for most development teams.  Software developers and operations team are working in concert to speed up the process, testing, and using continuous development and delivery cycles for updates and fixes.

Automation has become an important staple for DevOps teams.  For example, universal repository managers, such as JFrog’s Artifactory, allow for secure, NPM registry that is enterprise ready.  Full automation can provide a universal solution for both cloud and on-premises solutions.  This allows for local NPM registries to share NPM packages across your organization.  With a single virtual NMP repository, you can access all your NPM packages from a single URL.

Cyber Security Joins DevOps

It seems that every day we hear about a new security breach.  The increasing number of IoT (Internet of Things) devices, mobile devices, and more workers using personal devices for work, the potential exposure continues to grow.

With today’s emphasis on security, many developers are adding security teams to the mix earlier in the process.  These SecDevOps teams can isolate various builds and inject security at each phase rather than waiting until the end.

Blockchain Continues To Grow

Blockchain is a peer-to-peer network of connected computers.  Because data is stored across multiple devices in a distributed ledger, it is a more secure way to store data and information.  Using a distributed ledger can speed up transactions and reduce transaction fees by cutting out third-party providers and middlemen from the equation.

The global blockchain market is predicted to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 42.8% from now through 2023.  It’s attracting massive investments of cash and engineers to accelerate production of blockchain-enabled technologies.

AI Expand to More Devices

While AI usage has continued to grow in certain industries, IoT or the internet of things may quickly become the largest driver of artificial intelligence both for businesses and consumers.

Artificial intelligence will play an increasing role in IoT applications and deployments.  When merged, the two technologies complement each other, and uncover insights that can be quickly used.  For example, AI can provide machine learning-based analytics that IoT devices can them be used to improve performance. If the AI uncovers patters and anomalies in the data, smart sensors can adapt, change, and improve behaviors.

AR And VR Will Go Mainstream

Many consumers may be familiar with AR (augmented reality) or VR (virtual reality) mostly in the context of video games.  Very quickly, however, these technologies will be applied to other industries including training and teaching. Using the immersive technology, educators will be able to create virtual environments and allow students to practice skills like surgery, construction or even combat without the dangers or real-world training.

Early adopters of AR and VR training include Walmart, Microsoft and even the US Army which will used the technology in military training. More companies will quickly follow this trend as a way to provide powerful, effective and cheaper training than traditional methods.

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