Where Will Software Be 1 Year from Now?

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Where Will Software Be 1 Year from Now?

Developers around the world always try to stay one step ahead. They try to make guesses about the future and set their skills accordingly. This can really help them in selecting the right area to expand their skills.

With so much going on in the software world, it is hard to guess its ultimate destination. However, if you follow the trends and look into it carefully, you can predict its future. In this article, we will try to discuss where will software be 1 year from now.

Cloud is the Future

The last year was a great success for Cloud vendors and the trend will continue in the coming year. From startups to big companies, everyone has started using the cloud. Even governments and the banking sector that had security concerns are finally moving towards it.

Developers who haven’t tried working on the cloud should follow the trend. Now is the perfect time to get started. Most of the cloud companies including Google, Amazon, etc provide free credits to experience the latest platform. Google is offering three hundred dollars credit for a year.

Although, Amazon AWS is the first cloud provider and leading the world, other companies will catch up soon. Keeping this in mind, you can create your plan for next year.

 Microservice Architecture

Google trends show that the shift towards microservice continued last year and the trend will follow in upcoming years. When companies adopt Cloud technology in the next year, you will notice the dominance of microservice architecture. The major reason behind its success is that it matches perfectly with Cloud and fast software development. It is expected that we may see developers going back to Monolithic Software Architecture.

Python Will Dominate the Programming World

Python

Python is everywhere regardless of whether it is is web development, images of Blackhole, software development, data processing, machine learning, enterprise software, or data analytics.

The most famous website for ranking programming languages, TIOBE, currently ranks Python as the 3rd most famous language on the planet. The interesting element behind this ranking is that Python has increased its popularity from five percent to ten percent in only the last year.

Arguably, you will see a rise in Python’s popularity in the upcoming years. Unfortunately, JavaScript language is losing its popularity. The trend says that it will go further down in the next few years. If you haven’t tried your hand at Python, now is the best time to start practicing it. New developers and data scientists are loving Python as it has decreased barriers to enter into programming.

Java and JVM Will Dominate Enterprise Programming

According to the TIOBE rankings, Java is the most popular programming language in the world. It will continue its reign in the next few years. JVM offers a perfect foundation for Java, which is the reason why many languages like Groovy, Scala, etc use it.

Unfortunately, Oracle has changed the licensing of JVM, which means that any company that will use the language has to pay a handsome subscription charge. However, the OpenJDK initiative will not charge you anything for the JVM. Oracle is taking steps to make Java perfect for serverless computing.

At the moment, no language provides stability and trust like Java. This is the reason why the language will continue to dominate in the years to come.

JVM Enterprise Framework

Java Enterprise Edition and Spring Framework had a huge rivalry in the past. Unfortunately, Oracle has been inactive in Java Enterprise Edition allowing Spring Framework to surpass it easily. Oracle has open-sourced its JavaEE source code at JakartaEE.

Spring Framework has meanwhile continued its excellent support and adopted the latest technologies. They have provided the Cloud-Native support making it the best framework in the JVM ecosystem.

Java: Serverless Computation

Java is not a suitable fit for serverless computing right now. However, there are two initiatives underway to make it simpler and fit in the serverless world. These initiatives include Quarkus and Micronaut. Both frameworks are using GraalVM. It is expected that they will successfully attract the Java community in the next year.

JavaScript Will Reign on the Web

Not long ago, JavaScript was a weak language that required Ruby on Rails, JSF, Laravel, Django like frameworks to develop the frontend. However, the introduction of AngularJS back in 2014 has changed the situation dramatically. Many JavaScript Web frameworks have appeared making JavaScript as the leading web development framework. With so much creativity in JavaScript frameworks, it will continue to rise in upcoming years. The current trends suggest that JavaScript will rule the frontend development.

Conclusion

In the software world, so much is guesswork. With so many languages and so many new things happening, one new initiative can change the entire scenario. However, we have made some predictions on current trends. We don’t have a crystal ball to predict the future but our “Human Learning” suggests that these predictions will be true.

Emad Ibrahim

Emad is a software developer, architect, CTO, entrepreneur, and passionate technologist. He has created several SAAS products and is an open source contributor. He has worked in positions of leaderships with several consulting and software development companies large and small including Accenture, Frontpoint Security and Optimal Solutions. Emad is also a published author of ASP.NET MVC and Test Driven Development.

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