What major trends are occurring in software development ? What capabilities do you expect to see in future packages?
Major trends are toward easy-to-use, general-purpose application packages and toward natural languages. Expect powerful, multi-purpose, expert-assisted software packages with natural language and graphics-based user interfaces have fast become the norm. Future software packages will no doubt incorporate more voice activated features than we have previously seen. General purpose software packages will probably not incorporate many new features; however the software industry will continue to strive towards ensuring that their new releases are better written, and easier to use.
Many trends are occurring in software. Like at first, the computers were very hard to maintain. But nowadays software has made it very easy to maintain computers. The major trends or changes occurring in software are: Have too much of flexibility , now used for daily communication, are used for security systems, and are also used for robbing(hacking).
Flexibility has become one of the major attributes of modern software’s in the sense that, now developed software are becoming more easier to use .It does not really acquire tutorials or have to be thought before one can use a software on the market these days. This is due to cues and depicting of naturalness in software making it meaningful for users to see and use without haven to be explained before use. For example early versions of Microsoft Office were that uneasy to use but with current versions of this Application software (That is in 2007-2010), the organization is more simple therefore becoming more flexible because you can easily manipulate around with it.
Enables Multitasking: One major trend occurring in software’s these days includes its Multitasking supportiveness. Multitasking refers to the ability of a system specifically CPU/COMPUTER SYSTEM to run more than one task simultaneously. Software’s these days has the ability to support Multitasking. Typical example is, The Microsoft XP PACK versions were able to support multitasking but not more effective as in Windows 7 which can carry more than 4 tasks at a time. It could copy, delete, install at the same time which shows how software evolving these days are Multitasking supported.
In the future, it is hard to say what to expect from software packages. I’m sure they will be even faster and more user friendly than they already are. Prices will more than likely continue to drop, since more research and development will play a role in economies of scale. More and more software programs will probably be used over the World Wide Web. Using the World Wide Web saves space on computers.
HE 5 BIGGEST SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TRENDS OF 2015
Whether you realize it or not, your computer, your cell phone, and any other connected devices you have, rely on open source software. Though open source can hardly be called a new trend in 2015, the growing popularity of sites like GitHub, that allow users to openly share and collaborate on code, has opened the doors for amateurs and professionals alike to make better software faster.
Just a few of the most commonly used open source tools include communication channels (ever use IM or IRC?), revision control systems, bug and task trackers, and package management systems. Beyond open source tools, the communities behind each programming language and project have made it possible to write, refactor, and deploy new software faster than ever before, though crowdsourcing and collaboration.
Better Revision Control
In the same way that the proliferation of open source tools and communities has made it possible for people around the world to collaborate on code easily, the rise of freely available revision control systems has closed the gaps between distributed teams. From the early days of the Concurrent Versions System, and Rational (now IBM) ClearCase, version control systems have transformed in recent years from arcane command line tools into user-friendly interfaces for easily reviewing and commenting on the work of others.
Today, Git is the developer’s version control tool of choice. Its decentralized architecture means that developers can download or “fork” any repository they have access to, work on it locally, and “push” back the new code. Such an agile design, along with good security features and a variety of open source and proprietary GUI flavors, have made it a staple among freelancers and the enterprise system of tomorrow.
Open source code and revision control systems have not only had an impact on the way teams work internally, but have opened the doors for freelancers and contractors to easily contribute to software development projects without a learning curve.
Because most software development teams now use tools like Apache Subversion and Git, an administrator can simply grant repository access to a new user and they can begin contributing immediately.
Likewise, the availability of online classes and educational resources in computer science have made it possible for anyone with internet access to learn virtually any language or framework, making it easier for businesses to find developers who will work on a contract basis.
Big Data, Even for the Small Stuff
While Big Data still has a lot of growing to do*, its early adopters have proven that there’s no job too small for Hadoop. Though Big Data can be used for targeted purposes like monitoring credit card fraud or oil pipeline pressure, it can also be used as a powerful analytics tool to reveal hidden patterns.
The idea of a “data lake” is to collect data on everything without a purpose in mind, then use the data to either recognize patterns or perform analysis as questions arise in the future. Most enterprise software today already offers either built-in analytics tracking, or integration with analytics tools, and it’s a trend that will only continue as the price of data storage continues to fall.
Perhaps the most noticeable upshot of the trend toward analytics is that software isn’t a one way street anymore. In the past, a user downloaded a program (or app) and used it. End of story. Today, especially on mobile platforms, software tracks the user’s behavior and preferences to provide a targeted experience.
Targeted features of software could be anything from offering coupons on your favorite items in a shopping app to serving different search engine results based on semantic analysis of your history. This trend is one that extends beyond software development, and is symptomatic of a larger cultural trend toward personalization.
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