Software Development Trends To Keep An Eye On In 2019
Software development has been around for decades and will always be a crucial part of our world, impacting pretty much everything around us. However, the technological progress means that software development also moves forward. Let’s take a look at some software development trends that will likely dominate this year.
There’s been a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence. We’ve seen progress made by Tesla, Uber, Yandex and others for autonomous cars. Companies are employing AI-based solutions to streamline their operations and automate certain tasks.
AI has even entered our smartphones, with some makers employing AI software for their cameras. Through machine learning, smartphones are taught to recognize the images and adjust camera settings to take better snapshots.
However, what we’ve seen so far, is only a small fraction of the AI’s full capabilities. At one point in the near future it will become mainstream. In the meantime, AI will be among the main software development trends not just in 2019 but in the following years too.
Moreover, Gartner estimates that the global business value obtained from Artificial Intelligence will reach $3.9 billion in 2022. In 2018, the AI generated a revenue of $1.2 trillion, which represented a growth of 70% over the previous year.
AI will actually have implications on other software development trends. One is Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. You may be familiar with these terms. Virtual Reality involves emerging people into a complete computer-simulated environment. On the other hand, Augmented Reality involves overlaying images in the physical space around us.
In this way, AI helps VR and AR technology better understand what users are seeing and display the information accordingly. Going forward, we can expect the VR and AR solutions and products to become more sophisticated.
We can expect to see advancements in voice control for VR and AR systems, as AI-enabled machine learning will have better voice recognition.
In addition, VR and AR is on path to go mainstream and enter our households. A number of companies, such as Oculus, have released VR headsets, although the devices still have certain limitations. Microsoft is also on path to release the second version of its AR device, Hololens this year.
In 2017, blockchain was the talk of the town mainly because of the rapid growth of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for which blockchain serves as the underlying technology.
In 2018 the talks subsided slightly, but the work on blockchain projects did not stop at all. IBM has made huge progress on its blockchain projects for the banking industry, shipping, and supply-chain tracking. We’ve also seen blockchain solutions being developed for almost every industry out there.
Moreover, other tech giants are working on their blockchain solutions. Given the advantages that the technology provides, such as tight security, low transaction costs and seamless data transfers, we should expect more demand for blockchain applications in 2019.
Progressive Web Apps
Progressive Web Apps appeared only a couple of years ago. They work by taking advantage of the capabilities of modern browsers. More specifically, Progressive Web Apps are web pages that have app-like functionality. They can work offline and are faster than traditional web pages.
In addition, Progressive Web Apps are installable. However, the installation does not require an app store. At the same time, because they work through a browser, it’s easier to develop them for multiple platforms, particularly in the mobile space. Instead of developing a mobile app for both Android and iOS, a Progressive Web App can be a more elegant solution.
What makes us think that Progressive Web Apps are among the software development trends of 2019 is that in October Google released a new version of Chrome. The new Chrome provided support for Progressive Web Apps on Microsoft’s Windows platform.
On its end, Microsoft provided a lot of support for Progressive Web Apps as well. On Windows 10, Progressive Web Apps behave like traditional apps. They support Live Tiles and a user can add them to their Start menu or taskbar.
In the last several years, there have been a number of major data breaches. Last year alone, we saw Facebook involved in a major scandal after the revelations that data-collecting firm Cambridge Analytica illegally obtained users’ info without their permission.
There were other data breaches and hacks as well, involving companies and platforms like Panera, Quora, Under Armour, and Starwood.
That’s why in 2019 cybersecurity will continue to be a major issue for businesses. In a search for solutions, they will likely turn to software developers to either add additional security layers on the software they use or develop standalone solutions.
To sum up, the software development trends of 2019, we can see that there are many opportunities for developers. In addition, businesses can take advantage of the evolving technologies to improve their business and enhance their customer experience.