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3 top trends impacting software developers today

More than eight years ago, we all heard that software was eating the world for the first time. Fast-forward to today, and this statement has become a bona fide reality.

Indeed, software is at the heart of everything—from transportation, hospitality, and education to healthcare, financial services, and e-commerce. Despite the profound impact software has already had on the lives of billions of people around the world, I believe that we’re just getting started.

In celebration of National Coding Week, let’s explore three trends we see impacting software developers today—and helping them build better software solutions in less time.

1. Code is moving from the back end to the front end

Historically, much of coding was done on the back end of an application—i.e., the “under-the-hood” server-side stuff that end users can’t really see, like infrastructure and the database layer.

As we move further into the future, more and more coding will move to the front end—or the client-side part of the application that users interact with.

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The reason for this shift is simple: In the age of seemingly unlimited substitutes, the user experience is perhaps more important than ever. In order to support multiple platforms and deliver consistently strong experiences across devices, engineering teams need to bring the logic and complexity to the front end where it’s closer to the users.

2. AI will continue to be used more and more in software development

In today’s fast-paced world, speed is more important than ever before. You need to get products to market as quickly as possible, and you need to be able to rapidly respond to incidents to bring applications back online when something invariably goes wrong. Otherwise, the user experience crumbles—and lots of money can be left on the table.

To this end, more and more leading engineering teams are integrating AI into their DevOps workflows to speed up the development lifecycle. Which developer wouldn’t use tools that eliminate busywork and automate repetitive tasks?

3. Open source tools are becoming increasingly important to development teams

Years ago, some developers might have been wary of using open source tools to build software.

Since then, that sentiment has almost disappeared as a seemingly endless amount of open source tools have emerged in recent years to make software development more efficient.

In many cases, developers don’t just rely on one or two open source tools; they use several. For example, a developer’s toolkit might include Cassandra as the database layer; Elasticsearch for search; Docker for containerization; Kubernetes for container orchestration; Prometheus for monitoring; Grafana for visualization; Mattermost for DevOps collaboration; Jenkins for automation; and GitLab for build management—all of which are open source tools.

Open source tools are extensible by design. As such, they integrate with the other proprietary tools developers use every day. Because of the flexibility they provide, more and more engineering teams will rely on open source tools as time goes on.

The software world is changing rapidly, and these three trends are already helping companies build incredible platforms that improve the lives of countless people around the world while delivering exemplary user experiences along the way.

Development teams that ignore these trends do so at their own peril. Failure to adapt to a changing engineering ecosystem will make it that much harder to keep pace with competitors.

This National Coding Week, I encourage you to take a look at your development toolkit and workflows to see whether it’s time to make a change.

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