It’s no secret that the IT and digital world as a whole is blowing up and seeing a tremendous amount of growth. According to Gartner, worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.8 trillion in 2019. Full-stack developers are working furiously to keep up with the industry’s growth, meet demands, and advance by sticking with the following trends.

Language – Still Javascript

When it comes to language preference, Javascript still wins due to its power and flexibility- it’s the Iron Man of languages. According to HackRank’s 2019 edition of its Developer Skills Report that surveyed over 71,000 software developers from more than 100 countries, Seventy-three percent of developers said they knew Javascript in 2018, up from 66 percent in 2017 and was the most well-known language. That being said, developers who participated in the same report indicated that they’re eager to learn languages including Go, Kotlin, and Python this year.

IoT applications

Yes, that magic concept “Internet of Things (IoT).” It’s been a buzzword in the industry lately, although the concept has been around for quite a long time. Many industry professionals have their own definition of what IoT is, but in a nutshell, it’s the concept of uniting and connecting technologies. According to PWC estimates, more than 90% of cars will be IoT enabled by 2020. This high degree of connectivity and control is expected to provide greater efficiency in the fields of transportation, logistics and supply chains. IoT is the most realistic new technology with this increasing connectivity. Sure, this could be scary, but from a consumer to an industrial level, with one simple app we can pay for our morning latte with our phone or run diagnostics on a multi-million-dollar piece of machinery. The technology is everywhere and solutions are in higher demand now more than ever. Developers have their hands full with the IoT marketplace. With so many IoT devices coming online, the network and software to help secure everything will keep developers very busy, not to mention how integrated an IoT framework functions. Developers need to enhance their business intelligence to keep up to speed with how to truly build an IoT solution for the business. This is a trend that is definitely not going to be settling down anytime soon.

Artificial Intelligence

In the area of artificial intelligence, enterprise implementations will likely continue to increase in the coming year. In Deloitte’s 2018 AI Survey, 58 percent of respondents claimed they had undertaken six or more full AI implementations—up from 32 percent the previous year. That being said, there is a high demand for AI-enabled communication, automation and analytics solutions. Think of Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana- these AI bots are perfect examples of how AI is trending and how developers are working with it to completely transform how brands communicate with customers. More industries are also working with AI capabilities to make smarter and faster business decisions. According to a report by PWC and CB Insights, funding for US based AI companies was close to $2.3 billion in 2018. AI tech is rapidly increasing. For instance, robots can now be programmed to organize and take inventory of warehouses and transport items. These initiatives mean increased efficiencies at a lesser cost for many businesses.

Enhanced Web Experience

There’s a lot developers are doing right now with websites to enhance the look, feel, and performance. First let’s define “Motion UI.” Motion UI includes all of those fancy graphics, transitions, and animations on a website that makes the user interface more exciting and interactive. The trend of Motion UI really accommodates for a user’s demand for a more interactive web experience. Does anyone really enjoy looking at a boring, static web page? Also trending right now is the need for websites to perform well on mobile devices. These days, developers are thinking about a progressive web app, a native app, or responsive website. Is your business 0 out of those three? You’re doing it wrong. According to Statista, in 2018, approximately 52 percent of all website traffic worldwide was generated through mobile phones. That’s huge! In short, developers are working furiously to make websites really pretty and interactive, fast, informative, and top-ranking to not only appease end user demands, but to also accommodate for the bottom line. It’s a big investment to redesign an entire website for a large business and if it’s not getting a lot of traffic, that could mean lost revenue. For example, statistics show that 38 percent of visitors will stop engaging with a website if the copy/layout is flat-out ugly. That’s it! If the homepage looks like it was designed with Microsoft FrontPage, well…that could mean money is flying out the door.

 

Minimizing code development

In a world where many companies are knee-deep in a digital transformation, it’s to a company’s advantage to work with low-code development. However, it’s important to know when you should use it, and when to steer clear of it. Low-code development platforms make it easier for anyone to write software quickly in order to do their jobs more effectively. Low-code development really allows someone to develop an application with pre-built functions. This obviously saves a lot of time from the developer’s perspective, and also allows the not-so-advanced programmer to do more with less advanced skills. The low-code market is estimated to grow by $27 billion by 2022, according to MarketsandMarkets. Low-code development is ideal for businesses that need to build many applications that need to function across many devices. As previously mentioned, there’s a high demand for application development and it makes sense that businesses are embracing this trend to meet that demand. Low-code development means your developers can focus on more complex issues and deliver more creative solutions.

These trends are impacting businesses in a huge way. Developers now more than ever are collaborating with members within the organization to make decisions based on how their applications will impact the business, not just the end user experience. Since full-stack developers look at both the front and back-end of an application, they are the ones who need to step out and look at the whole picture on how their decisions will make that money move.

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