What do they look like in 2019?
Software development is an industry that’s forever changing (with a growth of 8.3% forecasted for this year according to Gartner) – blink and you miss it! So how do our developers manage to keep up with all of the surprises that they face every year, and what are the current predictions for 2019?
Trends of 2019
- Artificial Intelligence
Creating software that thinks intelligently, in the same way that humans do, to improve automation of tasks and services to improve efficiency and ultimately reduce cost. We therefore have, and will see, an increasing shift towards AI this year, with companies providing what we call machine learning services and solutions.
Utilising blockchain technology to simplify banking. For example, transferring money by creating a single ledger for different parties to access / use, which ultimately makes it more secure.
- Low Code Development
Providing an environment that developers use to create application software through graphical user interfaces and configuration instead of traditional computer programming. So for example, platforms like Wix or Squarespace, enable the client to build their own website using pre-built software as opposed to having to pay an agency to do it for them. However, there are limitations to this, and when complex and structured solutions are required, a low-code development practice wouldn’t work.
- Code Quality
Fast and furious progress in software development is one thing, but as we all know, if you do something quickly you can often overlook quality. Therefore one of the key trends for this year, is focusing on the quality of the code and the type of coding language used to ensure the best outcomes.
- Language Trends
There are a lot of coding languages in the world, and with any language, they take time to learn and master – a senior full stack developer has normally had at least 5 years experience to earn that title. But whenever you are looking to develop an application, it is vital to choose the correct language to avoid repercussions later on. Check out the stack overflow survey that shows the most used and popular languages which are in trend this year.
- PWA’s (Progressive web applications)
Different from regular mobile apps, they are basically a hybrid of web applications and mobile applications, and combine the flexibility of a web experience with the functionality of a native mobile application (like push notifications and working offline). So the best of both worlds basically!
And because they are also faster to load for the user (improving the experience), and easier to develop and maintain for developers and software houses, this is an upward trend for 2019.
In an increasingly online world there comes the same security considerations we have had to factor in to our every day lives – bullying has become cyber-bullying, stealing someones wallet has become online identity theft, and so on. So the fact that we are becoming increasingly aware of having our personal and business data online, means that data and software loss threats have become a major part of the software development industry, with every developer needing to understand what it takes to put the right preventative measures in place.
The global outsourcing market is increasing every year, with a survey by Statista showing the global market size of outsourcing services – pretty huge right?! It shows that many companies / business owners are preferring to outsourcing developers rather than hire in-house, due to the increasing demand in needing developers to complete projects for both internal and external company use.
- IoT (Internet of Things)
IoT app development is one of the latest trends in software development, and essentially binds all technologies together – extending it beyond our conventional smartphone and computer use, to ‘dumb’, normally non-internet connected devices, like cars, kettles, lights and so on! In fact, research suggests that over 90% of cars will be IoT enabled by 2020.
Check this out for some statistics on growth – over 127 new devices are connected to the internet every second. Which means globally over 23.14 billion devices as of 2018, and an expectation for this to rise up to 26.66 billion by the end of 2019.
- Mixed Reality
When the technologies of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) come together, which is pretty cool right? Both are fascinating to us, and have been incorporated into our every day lives without us even thinking about it – all due to our smartphones.
AR allows us to scan a magazine cover with an app on our phone, and bring it to life with a video, or launch of a website, while VR allows us to pop our smartphone into, for example, a Google headset and launch a game in 3D.
Both have witnessed an incredible amount of growth over the years, and although it has slowed and wavered sometimes, checkout Walmart’s plans to use VR to train its employees in customer service and compliance, or how the US Army is using Microsoft’s HoloLens’s mixed reality for military training purposes!
Quite an amazing line up when you look at it, showing just how constant research and development is within the industry, and that it’s only increasing – we are very excited about it, as holodecks could be just around the corner! 😉