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  • Writer's pictureSiddharth Wadehra

The Future of Code: Trends that Will Shape the Software Engineering Landscape of 2024

Updated: Dec 21, 2023



The software engineering landscape is constantly evolving, driven by technological advancements, evolving user needs, and the ever-changing global landscape. We at BlastAsia, a company that has been at the forefront of software product engineering for over two decades now, have never been more excited with all the breakthrough innovation that engulfs the industry and the potential heading into the future.  

 

The software engineering landscape is no longer a static canvas. In 2024, the lines between humans and machines will further blur as AI ascends the coding throne, dictating not just suggestions but entire symphonies of code. We are preparing to witness an era where no code and low code application development platforms would mushroom the growth of citizen developers empowering business users to create and launch applications in no time. From the cloud's dynamic reign to edge computing offering real-time processing prowess to the relentless focus on developer experience, this year has the potential to rewrite the very fundamentals on which the industry has been built.  

 

As we stand at the precipice of an exciting 2024, let’s explore the trends that will shape the way we build software in the coming year, through this post. Our agenda here is to help you kickstart conversations with your leadership teams as you navigate the challenges around digital transformation to be prepared for an uncertain future.  

 

In this blog post, we'll delve into five key trends that are poised to revolutionize the software engineering world: 

 

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Software Engineering


Artificial intelligence is already playing a key role in software development with a report from IDC suggesting that 72% of software development teams are already using AI in their development process. A study from Grand View Research suggests that this trend is expected to grow even further the global AI in software development market is expected to reach $43.24 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 32.4% from 2021 to 2026. 


In 2024, we'll see an increased focus on: 


  • AI-powered development tools: Imagine coding assistants that suggest optimal code snippets, debug complex issues, and even write entire sections of code based on your intent. A report from Tabnine suggests that AI-powered code completion tools can save developers up to 20% of their time. 

  • AI-driven testing and automation: Repetitive testing tasks will be increasingly automated by AI, freeing up developers to focus on more strategic initiatives. AI-powered testing tools can analyze code, identify potential bugs, and even generate test cases, significantly improving software quality and efficiency. AI-powered bug detection tools can identify up to 70% of bugs in code. 

  • Building AI-powered applications: As AI algorithms become more sophisticated, developers will be tasked with creating applications that leverage their capabilities. This could include chatbots, recommendation engines, and even autonomous systems. Check out Xamun – an AI-powered software development platform that helps companies launch scalable, complex, and enterprise-ready apps at a fraction of the time that it might usually take companies to build.  


While AI is already finding an immense use in the software development industry it is imperative that with technological advancements we can expect to see even more innovative ways to use AI in software engineering in the years to come. 

 

The Democratization of Development: Low-Code (LC)/No-Code (NC) Platforms


The barrier to entry into software development is rapidly decreasing thanks to low-code/no-code platforms. These platforms allow users with minimal coding experience to build applications using visual interfaces and pre-built components. LC/NC platforms can help businesses reduce development time by up to 50% and lower development costs by up to 70%. The impact that they create for enterprises would be immense-- as per Gartner, 75% of enterprises are planning to invest in NC/LC development platforms in the next 24 months.  


This trend will have several implications: 

  • Citizen developers: Businesses will empower non-technical employees to build internal tools and applications, reducing reliance on traditional software development teams. 

  • Faster prototyping and iteration: Low-code/no-code platforms enable rapid development cycles, allowing teams to quickly test and iterate on ideas. 

  • Bridging the skills gap: The democratization of development can help address the growing shortage of software engineers by enabling more people to participate in the field. 

 

The Edge Computing Revolution


As the Internet of Things (IoT) explodes in popularity, the need for distributed computing power closer to the data source is becoming increasingly apparent. This is where edge computing comes in. Edge computing decentralizes processing and storage to the network's edge, closer to the devices generating the data. This trend will bring about: 


  • Reduced latency and improved responsiveness: Edge computing reduces the distance data needs to travel, leading to faster processing and real-time responsiveness, crucial for applications like autonomous vehicles and remote surgery. 

  • Improved security and privacy: By storing and processing data locally, edge computing can enhance data security and privacy, especially for sensitive applications. 

  • Increased efficiency and scalability: Edge computing can offload processing burdens from centralized servers, improving overall system efficiency and scalability.


The Evolution of Blockchain and Web3.0


In the ever-evolving landscape of software engineering, the emergence of Blockchain and Web3 technologies stands as a transformative force with profound implications in 2024. Blockchain, originally known for its association with cryptocurrencies, has evolved beyond its financial roots to revolutionize how software is developed, deployed, and secured. Web3, the decentralized and user-centric evolution of the internet, is reshaping the way we interact with online platforms.  


In 2024, the integration of Blockchain and Web3 technologies is set to redefine data ownership, security, and transparency in software applications. Decentralized applications (DApps) built on Blockchain provide unparalleled security through cryptographic verification, reducing the risk of data breaches and enhancing trust in software systems. The decentralized nature of Web3 not only empowers users by granting them control over their data but also fosters a more open and collaborative digital ecosystem. As Blockchain and Web3 continue to mature, their implications in 2024 extend far beyond the realm of cryptocurrency, influencing how software engineers approach data management, security, and user privacy in an increasingly interconnected and decentralized digital landscape. 


The dominance of React, Go, Kotlin, JavaScript, Swift And TypeScript


Modern programming languages such as React, Go, Kotlin, JavaScript, Swift, and TypeScript are experiencing a surge in popularity. These languages incorporate features like type inference, null safety, and expressiveness, contributing to a more efficient and enjoyable software development experience. JavaScript and TypeScript, in particular, maintain their dominance in the web development sphere, with JavaScript recognized as the most widely used programming language, according to Stack Overflow’s 2021 Developer Survey. Python's continued rise can be attributed to its simplicity and versatility, finding extensive applications in data analysis, machine learning, web development, and automation. React, a JavaScript library for crafting user interfaces, stands out for its flexibility, efficiency, and robust ecosystem, making it a preferred choice for many developers. Meanwhile, Go and Kotlin, though relatively newer, are gaining momentum. Go, developed by Google, is lauded for its simplicity and efficiency, while Kotlin, seamlessly interoperable with Java, has become the language of choice for Android app development. Swift, serving as the successor to Objective-C, has established itself as the standard for iOS app development, renowned for its performance and safety features. 

 

The Continued Cloud Dominance, but Reimagined


Cloud computing has fundamentally transformed software development, and its dominance is expected to continue in 2024. However, we'll see a shift towards: 


  • Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud adoption: Businesses will increasingly adopt multi-cloud or hybrid cloud strategies to leverage the unique strengths of different cloud providers and avoid vendor lock-in. 

  • Focus on serverless computing: Serverless architectures, where developers focus on code without managing infrastructure, will gain traction due to their scalability, cost-efficiency, and ease of development. 

  • Emphasis on edge-cloud integration: As edge computing matures, we'll see closer integration with cloud platforms, enabling seamless data exchange and collaboration between the two. 

 

Prioritizing Developer Experience (DX)


In a competitive talent market, attracting and retaining skilled developers is crucial. Therefore, companies will prioritize developer experience by: 


  • Investing in modern tools and technologies: Providing developers with the latest tools and technologies can significantly improve their productivity and satisfaction. 

  • Fostering a collaborative and supportive culture: Creating a culture that values open communication, feedback, and continuous learning is essential for developer well-being and engagement. 

  • Automating repetitive tasks: Freeing developers from tedious tasks through automation allows them to focus on more creative and strategic work. 

 


BlastAsia: Your Trusted Partner in Software Product Engineering for Over Two Decades


The trends we've explored paint a vivid picture of the software landscape in 2024: artificial intelligence playing a key role in code generation and enhancement, the emergence of low-code and no-code platforms empowering citizen developers and companies looking to build user-centric digital interventions to cater to the evolving customer expectations. At BlastAsia, we're not just observers; we're your partners in navigating this exciting future helping you navigate the choppy waters of digital transformation. We have capabilities in AI, blockchain, IoT, and cloud which we can use in crafting software products for your needs.  

 

Don't just stand on the sidelines of this digital revolution. Reach out to one of our digital transformation evangelists HERE to get started with your journey.  

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