In the timeless words of Taylor Swift, “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” These words could not be more applicable to the world of modern software development. As we move into the second quarter of the year, which programming languages are trending up and to the right?
Finally, here’s a look at some of the specific trends Hacker Noon writers have noticed since the beginning of the year:
Mobile Application Development
Hybrid Application development is ruling the Mobile Application development industry rather than Native Development from a couple of years onwards. Business needs are changing from day to day because of an increase in growth and demand. One of the most popular frameworks that became a friend for most of the mobile application developers since 2015 is React Native. The introduction of Flutter as a major development platform in 2017 could shake up the status quo for mobile application development. Will Flutter take over as a preferred platform?
“Cross-platform” as a term and a development tool is not held in high regard these days, largely because the apps that purport to provide cross-platform support have never really done the job effectively. The arguments in favor of cross-platform development are the same as they’ve always been (D.R.Y., Risk Mitigation and Feature Parity). Is Native really the future of Mobile Application Development?
Server Side Development
Rails were created in 2003 by David Heinemeier Hansson, while working on the code base for Basecamp, a project management tool, by 37signals. Ruby on Rails is one of the juggernauts and highly valued skills in the startup ecosystem. The Rails framework is based on the principles of Convention over Configuration. But what does the future look like for this popular tool?
In today’s disruptive tech world, Python and PHP are the two most-popular server-side languages in use. In many aspects, Python and PHP closely compete with each other because of its almost identical features. Their open-source benefits and productive features attract a majority of the businesses and developers to choose Python or PHP for app development.
Client Side Development
With the massive growth in the importance of Big Data, machine learning, and data science in the software industry or software service companies, two languages have emerged as the most favorable ones for the developers. R and Python have become the two most popular and favorite languages for the data scientists and data analysts. Both of these are similar, yet, different in their ways which makes it difficult for the developers to pick one out of the two. Which language is the best for your next project?
Systems Level Development
Rust is a modern systems-level programming language designed with safety in mind. It provides zero-cost abstractions, generics, functional features, and plenty more. Many developers are picking up Rust because of it’s faster compiling times, and it’s gentle learning curve. However, Rust could also make a big impact in areas of gaming, data science, systems engineering, as well as others within the next 5 years. What is the good, bad and ugly of Rust?
ML and AI are undeniably growing to be significant elements in software testing and QA as well. And all this is for good reason. AI will advance accuracy, give enhanced revenue and lower costs for all QA processes. Henceforth, it improves competitive positioning and customer experience. Most importantly, AI helps identify bugs quicker and faster. The testers can stop worrying about losing their jobs and start focusing on making better policies. There is no reason to fear AI, instead, we should think of possible ways to incorporate it in our work.
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