The software development industry has evolved immensely over the past few years. And, now as we are standing on the verge of the end of 2018, there are several speculations going around in the air regarding key development trends to watch out in 2019.
But we have come up with the crux of all these discussions and present you the five crucial software development trends that are expected to propel innovation in the coming new year. Let’s take a look at these trends one at a time.
1. Increased Adoption Of Shift-Right Testing Approach
Professionals associated with software development domain have to adapt themselves to the changing trends irrespective of which stream they are catering to be it development or testing. According to the experts, software testers will gradually embrace shift-right testing approach in 2019.
The main reason behind this is that testers are under pressure to speed up the entire process because of DevOps and Agile methodologies. But they have to focus equally on crafting an exceptional experience for the customers.
The primary goal behind the emergence of new software testing trends is to enhance the quality and velocity of the produced code. As a result, QA professionals are switching to the continuous testing approach. Also, they are expected to embrace shift-right testing more in comparison to the shift-left.
This is because the later begins the testing process right at the starting point of the development phase. But it’s not enough to certify the quality of the end products. This is why the shift-right testing is experiencing a boom.
This is because it starts right from the post-production stage of the software development process where reviews and feedback are given equal importance so that to make the solution capable enough to perform seamlessly in real-world situations.
However, it’s a high-risk venture but in 2019 the majority of enterprises will demand testers to embrace it so that to mitigate the threats involved in continuous deployment by applying all tests to the software in production. Also, the advanced technologies such as AI will be incorporated in the testing process so that to perk up risk analysis methods.
2. A Huge Demand For Project Managers Who Are Blessed With Adaptability, Flexibility, & The Ability To Make Quick As Well As Reliable Decisions
The job of scrum masters and project managers will be two of the most challenging and responsibility-laden jobs in 2019. This is because the new year will bring along new opportunities for these professionals in an Agile development environment to organize projects efficiently in small pieces and take the best out of their teams.
They should prepare themselves for being more adaptable and flexible. Also, they should nurture the use of prototyping tools and the capacity to make quick but reliable decisions and pursue them throughout the product development lifecycle. They will be held responsible for daily management of the workforce, handling issues, complications, changes, etc.
3. Enhancement Of Tools That Automated Security Testing
2019 is anticipated to experience new vulnerabilities in the domain of security of software products and solutions. This is the main reason why QA teams and testers will look ways to automate security testing against such attacks.
They will be accountable to spot vulnerabilities in the development phase itself and precisely evaluate their consequences. This will call for the need for the automation of software testing and increasing demand for incorporating security analysis into an integrated development setting.
Overall, QA teams will be identifying the category of potential problems and threats and discover ways to streamline tests for it. Also, adoption of automated approach in testing will allow professionals to have sufficient space for running and performing other types of creative security and penetration tests in order to build a bug-free product.
4. Extensive Evolution In The Role Of Programmers
Earlier, developers were needed to specialize in a particular domain such as front-end or back-end development. But 2019 will experience a huge demand for full-stack programmers who are proficient in front-end, back-end, as well as version control. Check out this guide to common interview questions to not get stumped in the interview.
In addition to the expansion of specialized development expertise, developers will be needed to be efficient with any speciality skill such as programming for blockchain apps, DevOps, working with big data, etc.
Along with the need for programmers to be well-versed with these advanced skills, they will require cross-training and keep learning new concepts and ideas to stay ahead of the curve and be exceptional performers.
5. Emergence Of Comprehensive IoT Development Frameworks
IoT is a technology that makes the entire process of software development and testing a complete breeze for the developers. The majority of available IoT tools are primarily traffic analyzers that demand programmes to have a command over particular devices or systems.
But in 2019 the three major cloud service providers will be the major driving forces behind the advent of IoT development frameworks. These providers are Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google.
Both Google and Amazon currently require heavy lifting for accomplishing the integration but are expected to make their voice agents more scalable to the IoT elements so that to fix the concerned issue. In addition, Microsoft will also look for accelerating its integration in 2019 and coming up with an exclusive IoT and facility control addition of its own.
All these platforms will lead to the creation of unified IoT frameworks for seamless development, testing, and deployment in the cloud. These frameworks will provide the development teams with all the essential tools for managing their workflow.
These are the five major software development trends to look for in the next year. All these trends demand leveraging advanced technologies for streamlining the software development and testing processes and building feature-rich, valuable products for catering to a global customer base.
Anubhuti Shrivastava is a content crafter at Arkenea, a custom software development company helping entrepreneurs and businesses build successful web and mobile apps. She is passionate about writing articles on topics related to design and the software development industry.