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Development Trends 2024

For 2024, we have listed the trends in software development based on last year’s changes. Last year saw the launch and rise of ChatGPT. This has demonstrated enormous potential and offers numerous functionally interesting applications. We cannot yet properly estimate what the effects will be on intellectual property and privacy, let alone the government’s response. An investment therefore offers many opportunities, but of course also has risks.  We have summarized the trends that are emerging or have been around for a some time:

1. Continued rise of AI and machine learning

Machine learning models and AI-driven development are increasingly integrated into everyday software, expanding capabilities in data analytics, automation, and predictive systems. Tools like GitHub Copilot, which uses OpenAI’s Codex model, could become more sophisticated and more widely used in writing and reviewing code.

2. More focus on DevSecOps

Integrating security into the DevOps process (DevSecOps) is becoming a standard practice. With the increasing number of cyber threats, it becomes critical to integrate security into the software development lifecycle from the start.

3. Demand for Full Stack Developers

Full Stack developers remain in high demand as companies look for versatile talent who can work across the layers of the stack.

4. Growth of low-code/no-code platforms

These platforms are becoming increasingly sophisticated, allowing individuals without a traditional programming background to create and deploy applications. This democratization of development can accelerate digital transformation.

5. Adoption of serverless architecture

Serverless computing, which leaves server management and infrastructure decisions to cloud providers, is expected to grow as it allows developers to focus on the code and business logic while reducing costs and overhead.

6. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)

PWAs are becoming increasingly popular because they provide a middle ground between traditional web applications and native applications, offering offline capabilities, push notifications, and improved performance.

7. Expansion of Edge Computing

As IoT devices become more popular, there is an increasing need to process data closer to the source rather than in a centralized data center. This reduces latency and can lead to performance improvements.

8. Sustainable and green coding

Due to climate change concerns, there is a growing movement toward writing more energy-efficient code, optimizing resource use, and considering the environmental impacts of software development and deployment.

9. Remote development environments

Cloud-based development environments such as GitHub Codespaces or Gitpod may become more popular because they allow developers to work from anywhere without having to maintain a local development setup.

10. Cross-platform development tools

The popularity of cross-platform frameworks (such as Flutter and React Native) for mobile and desktop applications could continue to rise, allowing developers to write code once and deploy it across multiple platforms.

11. Quantum Computing Integration

As quantum computing technology matures, we may see more software development tools and languages aimed at making quantum algorithm development more accessible to programmers.

12. Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrency

The use of blockchain for secure, decentralized applications beyond cryptocurrency, such as in supply chain management, identity verification and secure transactions, could see an increase.

13. Ethics in AI

With the increasing role of AI in society, ethical considerations and governance regarding bias, privacy and transparency in AI systems are becoming a central theme in software development.

14. Continued growth of APIs

APIs remain essential for integrating different systems and services, with a trend toward API-first design in software development.

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