Programming Trends For 2017

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The world is getting techno-savvy, thanks to recent technological development. Programming techniques have grown tremendously, surpassing normal growth standards. There are new trends with better capabilities flooding the tech landscape. A software development company checks if a program is advanced, easy to use, and has enhanced customization before embracing it. Such companies have to be up to date with the latest tactics of programming, and endeavor to learn new languages. Any programming language or technology stack will only last a short time unless it is reinvented or updated with new features. There are many surprise frameworks and programming languages that will reign in 2017.

Most customers in the millennial age will go digital. Though they want to surf the internet, they still want to spend time on their smartphone. As a business owner, you should make sure you make your presence felt on the web by looking for an enticing brand image. How about making a state-of-the-art website? Or better still, make an app that keeps you close to your clients? Before you go for it, consider the programming trends that will guide most IT outsourcing companies. Read on to have a glimpse of the top trends in 2017.

1. The rise of JavaScript

JavaScript has been a prominent programming language for close to two decades. It is the reigning platform that software development companies use to develop solutions in their businesses. Over seven billion devices use JavaScript, and another 9 million companies actively work on it. JavaScript is expected to control the technology world since many apps rely on it to be powered. More Android apps will soon rely on JavaScript. Research by Redmonk indicates that JavaScript will continue to be the best beyond 2017. With the upcoming React Fibre, newly created Angular 4, Node.js that has numerous features, and the rapidly growing Vue.js and many other libraries and frameworks, JavaScript is expanding fast, and many companies are ready to learn it. Also, the rise of JavaScript MV makes it easier to design complex apps using fewer lines of code, and taking a shorter time.

Such web apps are easy to turn into mobile platform apps through the help of Xamarin, PhoneGap, and other tools which will help you work fast and independently. Java 8.0 has a significant market share of over 22 percent, and has maintained its legacy for years. Though its popularity has reduced by a meager 1.1 percent, Java 8.0 is still a force to reckon with since it is faster than before, and builds rich applications using fewer lines of code. Its latest version hit the market in 2014, and it has since helped many businesses save on the cost of operations. The Java 9 community is still trying to develop the implementation details of Project Jigsaw, the new module system. Since Java 8 performs better and cleaner lines of code than Java 9, developers do not think Java 9 will receive a warm reception. It is challenging to adopt a module, especially frameworks and libraries. It is for this reason that many people will remain on Java 8.

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2. The Language Podium

If you ask developers whether they will continue to use their current languages, the answers you receive will amaze you. Any language that allows its users to satisfy their mission in a pleasant and efficient manner will certainly receive a better score. Rust tops the list for the second consecutive year. It began under the tutelage of Mozilla, and it has a satisfaction rating of 73 percent. Though the satisfaction rate has decreased from the previous 79 percent, Rust remains a reliable language. Smalltalk or squeak follows closely, making a startling comeback. Third in the line is TypeScript, a Microsoft production, with Swift coming in fourth. Swift is the preferred language in Apple.

The other languages are Go, from Google, Scala, Python, Clojure, C#, and Elixir. Other languages whose impact was minimal are Erlang, Groovy, Dart, and Common Lisp. Though there are programmers who vowed never to use certain programming languages, some are unavoidable, and they will continue beyond 2017 even though their rating is low. Most of the programmers want to learn Python, but very few are interested in Perl.

3. Golang (Go) will feature as a prominent language

Richard Eng, Smalltalk Renaissance’s campaign director, has been researching the ranking of programming languages for several years. Richard has even made a private ranking index for programming languages, fondly referred to as the Eng Language Index. Everyone should look out for Go, the brainchild of Google. It will continue ascending to reach the level of top-tier programming languages. Richard notes that Go is already featuring as one of the best languages on several sites. Many start-ups prefer Ruby and Node.js, but Go is taking the place of Node.js for critical applications. Since the IT industry is moving towards concurrent and multicore processing, Go and other similar languages will have a vital role to play.

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4. The next big thing for Android is Kotlin

The interest towards Kotlin is increasing by the day due to its heightened use in Android development. Kotlin, a creation of JetBrains, is a superb language that is easy to use. Since Kotlin is interoperable in Java, a user can Kotlin-ify programs with a single click. Therefore, Kotlin users write less code, while being more readable and compact than JavaScript, making it perfect for people with strict deadlines. Though its syntax is different, Kotlin is built on Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Not everyone loves JavaScript, even though it is the primary Android language. Critics of Java often point towards its verbosity. Kotlin, on the contrary, is a pragmatic and succinct language. Andrew Orobator, an American Express developer, believes that Kotlin will be more prominent in 2017. He predicts that more developers will use Kotlin to write production code since it has a null safety feature. Programmers will not compile any potential reference errors hence doing away with the NullPointerExceptions.

5. Improved usage of PHP

There will be increased usage of PHP in the development of websites. It will be a trending platform for developers to use since it has wide capabilities. Since PHP is exceptionally simple, accepts diverse platforms, and works uniquely, it has been applied in the design of numerous websites across the globe. It is an incredible programming language that is powerful, flexible, and scalable to provide an incredible performance.

6. Ruby on the Rails Programming

Ruby on the Rails is a web application framework designed in Ruby programing. It started building pace in 2016, and it is a programming trend to watch in 2017. It has classical features such as effective content management, customization, simplicity, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and increased web processing. Such features make Ruby on the Rails a top choice for many developers.

7. The emergence of Dockers

Many software development companies are choosing Containers and Dockers as they seek to develop web and mobile applications. Dockers and Containers augment every application that has been developed in other programming languages with advanced and similar features. As it is small it is simple to deploy, and it functions well. It is a pacesetter in programming.

Android is a prominent platform that smart devices use, and it is rising continuously. Similarly, Android Programming is rising in popularity, and it will reach new heights in 2017. Developers will come up with new languages and trends which will become talking points. Every trend or programming language that arrives will elicit different emotions, but developers need to be on the lookout, especially towards programs for smart devices.

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Dipaparkan 14 November, 2017


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