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Challenges and Improvement in Next Generation Software Development
Parimal 14 Aug 2019

Next Generation Software Development

Next gen-software are going to revolutionize the way we operate across the board, Artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), progressive web applications (PWAs), evolving mixed reality, blockchain and microservices are making a lot of buzz in the software development arena.

Progressive web applications or PWAs provide the feel of a native mobile application to the users. PWAs do not need to be downloaded and come with the capabilities, information and features of a conventional mobile app with cross-channel accessibility. PWAs use progressive web stack (JS, HTML, CSS) to reproduce the mobile experience across browsers and improve user engagement. A 2017 Gartner report has predicted PWAs to be the biggest software development services trend in next couple of years. Hotel booking website Trivago has been able to see a surge of 50% in mobile sessions and 150% jump in user engagement with the introduction of PWA in its software environment.

Artificial intelligence – need of the hour

Artificial intelligence introduction has brought to us voice-activated virtual assistants and sea change in big data analysis.AI driven products and services are changing value proposition for the customers. Moving forward from the chatbots doing mundane tasks, AI now can interpret and respond to natural language patterns and trained to contextualize output

Microservices adoption

Microservices adoption is a must-have strategy for software developers. We are soon going to have apps featuring microservices architectures that improve a developer’s ability to design, debug and leverage third party code. Enterprises are embracing hybrid and serverless cloud architectures to support a variety of application and to lower their operational costs. Cloud service providers such as AWS and Microsoft Azure are promoting serverless paradigm for computing.

Continuous integration and testing to check software health  

Frequent, high-quality releases allow the companies to meet customer demands, and continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) makes it possible. This DevOps process allows for more automated testing, saving the drain of resources for an enterprise on manual testing. Testers should be involved in the early stages of software design and development to agree on testable features and test criteria. The QA teams need to run CI every day to ensure that there is a solid feedback loop with the developers and everyone feels like being the part of the same endeavor. As developers continuously add new code features and fix bugs, CI allows checking the health of software by continuously running builds.

Functions as a service

Serverless or Faas (Functions-as-a-service) development allows the developers to be more productive since they can focus to serve business problems rather than server problems, such as load-balancing. Serverless approach allows the developers to focus even on higher level of abstraction with fewer responsibilities. The platform patches more of the stack, such as security vulnerability in an application framework dependency.

So, it’s important to break complex software development tasks into smaller doable tasks. During Sprint planning, tasks are assigned to the employees that they can complete in a day. Sharing information in enough details is important, brief instructions should be avoided as not everyone can understand the instructions that are not well defined.

Shift left for automated security testing

Shift Left, or catching and fixing the security issues early by embedding continuous security from the beginning of development process is important. At the heart of shift left is automated security testing, allowing for more secure code by removing human error and effort.

Low code development

Programming languages such as Python, JavaScript  and Ruby can do with as little as one-third code to implement similar functionalities. For most developers, software equals code, but that isn’t reality as there are many ways to build software. The latest trend is low code system development tools that are mostly web and mobile based and are often hosted platforms in the cloud. Low code software development allows for managing complexity by simplifying the development process. It is important for the developers to deliver value to an enterprise through a working software with custom functionalities, and at Flexsin, our developers are apt at doing just that.

Software architecture by experts

Architecture of a software system consists of several programs whose relations are precisely defined and organized at different layers of the system architecture for accurate information flow. Building software that makes a customer happy requires a paradigm shift to outcome driven development. We need experts who are experts at handing these latest software.

Get in touch with Flexsin for your application software roadmap development to get the most business value from your custom software.

Parimal
He has over 16 years of experience working on various Microsoft Technologies projects. He has hands on expertise of developing and delivering some of the most challenging Microsoft Technologies assignments with professional acumen. Being a seasoned professional, Parimal has deep understanding of the domain and delivers customized solutions to the clients to meet their project and business objectives.
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