Can you believe that there was a time where only on a good day did developers have enough money to hire someone to toggle all the switches to input their code for them?
It reminds me of the days back when iPhone first came out and it did not have the ability to video yet…
You might have had a smartphone, but if you wanted to capture that video of your baby’s first steps, you would still need a video recorder.
That seems almost taboo, right?
Well, the thing about technology is that it is always evolving…
And, what was once something we would have never even considered a possibility suddenly becomes the center of an everyday norm.
So, when it comes to software development, it is no different…
Instead of developers having to hope they can afford someone to input their code into the machine, they now work with teams spread across multiple continents consisting of people speaking several different languages.
And, to make things even better, there are several new and evolving technologies that are transforming the industry of software development:
- Smarter languages
Originally, computer languages were designed to make it easy to do just about anything with a computer…
But, now, they are designed to make it hard to do anything but the right thing.
Over the years, technology and smarter languages have allowed programmers to help keep programs safe from people making detrimental mistakes. For example, they have created a specific class of variables that don’t change.
Very little programming actually begins from scratch these days – thanks to all the new technologies…
Framework, for example, provides the literal framework needed for the program. Then, it allows the programmer to just tweak it a little bit rather than completely writing the code from scratch. This saves a ton of time and hassle!
- Virtual machines
Do you remember the days when you had to write code for real chunks of silicon?
Well, those days are mostly gone. Now, most code written simply runs on virtual machines that will translate your instruction for you onto something already understood by the chip.
Once upon a time, people wrote software for servers, for devices, and for desktops. Each individual one had its own way of communicating.
But, now, everything simply goes through the browser which will work across several platforms.
- Better databases
With time, the databases have continued to make things easier for users…
Today’s databases shoulder things like storing images, tracking locations, and maintaining social networks.
- Social media portals
Before social media, you had to build your own site and hope that somebody out there would find it somehow. And, when they finally did, you had to cross your fingers that your URL was cool enough for them to remember.
But, thanks to social media portals like Facebook, you can build an app that you can integrate with their platform to a point.
- Performance monitoring
Of course, monitoring your success is a vital part to understanding your business…
In the beginning, you had to print out the time when the code began and when it ended to track the power of it.
But, now, there are modern tools that will simply track it for you and help you better understand what is right and what is wrong.
As a close cousin to framework, a library is a collection of routines that coders can no longer live without. This ranges in everything from Allegro to Corona.
- Continuous integration
Once you checked in code to a repository, you used to find yourself with an ample amount of time to kill.
However, now, code repositories are tightly linked to continuous build systems – this automatically recompiles your code. Within just a few minutes, you will be notified of any potential errors.
Despite the fact that you might think they are more like robots, programmers are indeed humans, too. Deciding which language to use can be quite difficult – with one programmer choosing language A, while another will only use language B or D, but never A.
However, thanks to transpilers, a program that is written in one language are simply sucked out and turn into language that can run on another program – it is like a translator for the software development industry.
Just like most things in life, technology is always changing. And, with those changes comes a lot of noise from other software and systems around us which can make managing your software difficult.
But, thankfully, with the updates in technology, also comes things that transform industries like software development – improving how we design, read, and manage things like code.
What technology do you think has transformed software development the most? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Google+