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The Top Coding Trends Developers Should Watch for in 2020

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It’s that time of year again – the top coding trends for the year. The time when many companies take a look back at the market forces which influenced their industry segment over the past year, and start looking ahead and planning for the year ahead. The rapid pace of change in application development constantly introduces developers to shiny new objects which promise to disrupt coding as we know it. Instead of dumping a truckload of tech tidbits on your browser, we’ve gathered five of the top trends we feel coders will care most about in the year ahead.

Top Coding Trends for 2020:

1. Microservices Will Go Mainstream

2. Containerization and Container Orchestration

3. The Rise of .NET Core

4. DevOps and DevSecOps Adoption Will Continue to Grow

5. AI, Machine Learning, and Codeless Development



1.Microservices Will Go Mainstream

Over the past seven years or so, microservices architecture and development methodologies have steadily grown in popularity. Agile teams have embraced microservices as a way to:

  • Speed up their development into shorter, concurrent sprints
  • Make applications more scalable
  • Taking a modular approach to their applications, and leverage APIs and SDKs where possible 
  • Shorten release cycles and support continuous deployment and integration (CD and CI)
  • Minimize dependencies and enable the testing and delivery of independent services without risking knocking out others

Many development teams have already adopted microservices architectures and methodologies, and many of the trends which follow support its growth and popularity. If you are planning to shift your coding strategies towards microservices, we have a four-part series of articles on best practices. 


2. Containerization and Container Orchestration

The last few years have seen rapid growth in the use of containers by developers. In the past four or five years, developers have been leveraging containers to accelerate the development of new applications and iterative upgrades. 

Docker and Kubernetes are both expected to grow, diversify, and empower developers to achieve greater:

  • Development velocity, to continually ship updates without downtime
  • Scalability, to scale workloads up or down as needed
  • Resilience, as far as being able to enable developers to replace unhealthy containers and pods as needed to eliminate slow performance or downtime. 
  • Agility, to introduce new applications and functionality into production without compromising performance or security.

Gartner predicts by 2022, 75% of global businesses will use containerized applications, compared to the approximately 30% that have been in 2019. Microservices development methodology is ideal for businesses running containers. 


3. The Rise of .NET Core

Like many application development teams, Accusoft coders have taken the opportunity to develop SDKs for .NET Core. It is simply faster and more secure for cloud-native applications. Businesses are adopting and running multiple cloud platforms like Azure, AWS, Google, and IBM. 

Cloud-native applications built on frameworks like .NET Core enables greater cloud flexibility. It even gives developers the freedom to code on devices like Mac and platforms like Linux. Developers will be able to focus more on what they are building than what they are building it on, as they can call up resources and middleware as they need them. Python development enthusiasm can’t be overlooked in the Java world and should continue to make waves in 2020.


4. DevOps and DevSecOps Adoption Will Continue to Grow

All of the trends identified above generally dovetail with DevOps practices and trends. In 2020, the focus will increase on the importance of strategic approaches to making data and cloud security across the organization. High-profile data security breaches at Capital One, Fortnite, and Facebook prove that hackers are exploiting every vulnerability they can find. 

DevSecOps emphasizes how application security is just as important in the application development lifecycle as functionality. Cloud applications are providing users with greater flexibility to where they can access corporate data, and the devices they can use to access it from. Every employee and executive must take data and document security seriously and take precautions to safeguard corporate information assets. 


5. AI, Machine Learning, and Codeless Development

Over the past few years, developers have worked with serverless and stateless architectures and network connections, but are they prepared for codeless development? The influence of artificial intelligence and machine learning is enabling low-code and no-code development practices. 

Though codeless applications have been met with scepticism, there is no questioning the influence of machine learning and process automation into the app development and workflow configuration arenas. As we gaze into the laptop-shaped crystal balls on our desks, these are the 2020 software development trends we are seeing at Accusoft. Follow us on Linkedin or Facebook to stay up-to-date on our industry trends and innovations we’re working on.