The Latest Trends in Software Development and Programming Languages
With the fast rise of AI necessitated by technologies such as OpenAI’s CHATGPT-4 and DALL-E, the world of software development had recent shakeups that brought about some feelings of paranoia at the time and even looming thoughts of joblessness. But it was from this situation that software developers found ways to work in tandem with AI and bring about enhanced capabilities and craft into their fields.
The incorporation of this technology into software development has brought about faster software debugging, documentation, and development. GitHub Copilot X, an AI program that helps developers write, debug and develop code faster and with less work, was announced a month ago with revamped features and capabilities. From context-aware conversations, to on-demand documentation and learning, all within the software developer’s programming environment. Another program is Adobe Airfly, a creative generative AI product that has an infinite range of tools needed to generate ethical images. Microsoft users will also be able to use the Copilot throughout Office to draft, generate, and edit documents on the fly.
Python has seen a huge spike in usage purported to be because of its mobile, web, and enterprise development capabilities. The versatility the language brings can be seen and appreciated in a lot of fields from data analysis to machine learning to neural network building to complex mathematical operations. The language is praised for its extendability, that is, how lower-level languages such as C and C++ can be used to add low-level modules that extend the capabilities of Python and make it compile faster. Its library will only keep on increasing because of the open-source nature of the language, and how welcoming the community is to adopt changes in the kernel/codebase.
No-code development is not a new concept, with already existing technologies such as FlutterFlow and Appypie, but have been considered niche due to their accessibility. 2023 will see such tools more widely rolled out to the public with greater accessibility.
Blockchain is a word that quietens a room when uttered just because of how misunderstood and obscure it is. Because of its past association to only cryptocurrency in the past, it was not illogical to think that only tech-savvy people knew about it. As time has progressed, it has become one of the key trends in the software development space. Experts are noting a substantial growth and incorporation of the technology into various fields such as accounting, electronic voting systems, logistics, and much more. The decentralization rudiments of blockchain make it especially suited for jobs that involve parallelisation. With Zambia currently performing regulation tests on cryptocurrency up until June, the country is in a great position to incorporate the technology into its economy.
Passwords are an exhausting byproduct of internet life – one must be set for each service used, remembered, and protected from everyone else’s view. Because of this, passkeys were created. These are simply safer and easier replacements for passwords that allow users to sign into applications and websites using a biometric sensor (such as a fingerprint or facial recognition), PIN, or pattern, thereby helping reduce the need to remember and manage passwords. The passkeys have the ability to replace the password and 2-step authentication in a single step. They can be created within the application after signing in using the existing sign-in method. Google and Dashlane have been vocal about the effectiveness of passkeys and are on cue to roll out the features before the end of the year.
Edge computing is a new technology that enables organisations to reduce latency and performance overhead by distributing the computing framework that processes the data close to the source location. Doing it this way reduces the need to send data back and forth for processing and to get a response. When computation or processing of this data takes place near the source location, it reduces latency greatly. This technology would be greatly beneficial in the cloud gaming space by providing gaming content to the user from an edge server thereby reducing latency and providing a greater library of videogames.
Software development is a constantly evolving field. While some tools and technologies are emerging, others are becoming outdated. To remain competitive in this digitalised world, businesses should keep up with the latest trends and integrate new technologies into their processes.