2017 Software Industry Trends
The software industry is accelerating like never before! Never has there been a time where staying up to date with the latest trends has been so essential! Being able to utilise technology as a strategic advantage for your company is an essential component for any Software company. The following are the top 3 recent software market trends that you should have your eye on!
The world of front end development evolves at a rapid pace. React.js is currently dominating the space. Developed by Facebook, it enables developers to build user interfaces as components. Each component manages it's own state, meaning that when a component's data is updated only that component will update, avoiding full page refreshes.
When deciding what open source libraries to use for your project, a good indicator is how many contributions are being made to the project and how heavily invested the community are in it. Check out the commit activity for react for example, constant improvements being made to the code and documentation are a good sign that it can be used in your project and the support is out there if you need it.
Progressive Web Applications
When building mobile applications traditionally you would build separate iOS and Android applications in their native frameworks, or use a "write once deploy many" tool like Xamarin. However with new web APIs, it is now possible to offer similar functionality with a web app, avoiding the need to deploy to app stores, pass approval processes etc.
Modern web capabilities enable developers to add features like push notifications, offline support and background task processing to web apps. These features plus the ability to add web sites as "app icons" on iOS and Android, give the impression of a native app without the development overheads. Are progressive web apps going to replace native app development? Not any time soon, but for simpler content consuming apps, perhaps it could be an option.
Serverless architecture is a cloud based architecture that enables developers to run their code in a container that is fully managed by the cloud provider. The most popular offering is AWS Lambda. The term "serverless" comes from the fact that the developer doesn't need to manage any aspect of the server for their code, they simply provide the code that needs executed. This has a few benefits:
- Cost - You only pay when your code is executed, so no need to pay for a 24/7 server.
- Faster Deployment - You can deploy your code much faster as you don't need to worry about setting up a server.
- Faster Development - You don't need to worry about multithreading or handling HTTP requests, focus on solving the problem instead.
However there are a few downsides:
- Performance - If your code isn't triggered regularly there might be a delay while the cloud provider spins up your instance. Also the programming language you choose can impact performance, for example choosing Java means you have to wait for the JVM to start every time the function is triggered.
- Flexibility - depending on the problem you are trying to solve, serverless might not be the correct solution. You might need to look at a combination of server and serverless solutions.
Let us know, what are the key trends you will be implementing or keeping an eye on in the software world this year? Comment below and let us know!