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Every company wants to deliver great products with high quality to their customers. At the same time, the company must develop and deliver the product faster without losing quality. Therefore, companies — and especially product managers — always try to optimize the software development process to get faster without losing the quality of the product and get ahead of their competitors.

These four aspects are essential to help you accelerate the speed of your development processes:

1. Have a well-defined product development strategy in place

The basis for every company and software development team must be a product strategy. With the strategy in-place, a team can derive their own necessary steps from the overall strategic framework that will help speed up the product’s development.

As a first step, a company or team must identify the market and the target audience it will develop the product for. If this knowledge is available, it’s much easier to focus on the customers’ needs and get into the details.

Based on the target audience, a development team and especially the product manager, in collaboration with UX/UI colleagues, can start with an early prototyping.

The company can share these early prototypes with target customers to get first insights about the potential of the new product. This early user involvement will help the team again to focus on the features that really matter to the customers.

2. Pursue a lean & agile way of working

If the company strategy is clear, the biggest process improvements can be done within the software development team. If a team uses Agile methodologies such as SCRUM or KANBAN, it can establish a lean way of working, even if the company around the team is not as agile.

The most important thing for a team is to focus. If the development and product focus has a clear vision and mission, a team can achieve amazing things. Here are four ways to become more agile and speed up processes:

  • A first process improvement is to focus more on only things that matter and eliminate useless meetings. Especially bigger companies tend to have the habit of having meetings for everything. Many of the topics handled in meetings can also be solved via eMail or messenger.
  • Second, teams should only have meetings with a clear agenda and a focus on what results should take place. These might be for example, refinement or planning meetings for the team or meetings with external stakeholders to learn more about their needs.
  • The next improvement is to eliminate dependencies, such as relying on other teams or services. This is a challenging job for the product manager, because it’s sometimes not so easy to oversee possible dependencies. In that case it’s important to involve the developers or a software architect in the early product discovery to get the technical perspective to the situation.
  • Once the dependencies are clear, the product manager must prepare the backlog for the team, that the team is able to pick up tasks on their own and get the product features implemented and tested. In the best case, the product backlog is prepared for upcoming sprints or weeks. During that time, the product manager can work ahead of the team to prepare new features or talk to customers to get their feedback. With this working mode a team always has a prepared backlog and can deliver products or features after each iteration.

3. Improve automation

Another thing to improve within a software development team is automation. This is clearly not a product manager’s task. However, a product manager must know the benefits of automation and support the team in investing time in their own infrastructure, which helps the team to build products.

Once automation is in place, whether they’re automated checks to verify code changes or scripts to package the product and distribute it within the organization, it will save the team time. The team can use this saved time to get more involved into the product discovery or work on the overall technical architecture of the product. If done right, automation will significantly speed up the development and delivery process.

However, before a team starts to invest time and money into automation, the team must have a good understanding of what should be automated and what not. For example, if parts of the product will change more frequently in the next weeks, it’s maybe not a good idea to start automating this part too early. On the other side, if there are critical parts of the application that must always be up and running it’s important to cover these parts with automation from the beginning. The decision which part should be automated when and how should be made within the team.

4. Documentation is key. Always.

Every product should be documented, including how the product has been developed. What are the supported features, where are potential problems or what to come in the future? Sounds like an easy task, but most teams did not invest enough time in documenting their own products and services. However, this invested time will help again to speed up the development process in the long run. Especially if a product is growing and is getting older, this kind of information will help the team to remember decisions or the product architecture.

Furthermore, a solid product documentation will help to onboard new colleagues to the team. They can invest some time to read through it and can understand dependencies and the logic of the product much faster. This will help the team to bring new colleagues up to speed faster. Last but not least a well documented product will also help stakeholders to get more knowledge about the product without asking and interrupting the team. Depending on the company IT infrastructure, the product documentation can be made within a ticketing system, a wiki or even in the code itself.

Time to speed up: Are you ready to invest?

Companies should concentrate on reducing the time to market of their products. They must be fast enough to serve the needs of their users and to stay ahead of the competition. However, the development speed doesn’t come for free. A team should invest time to analyze the current way of working. To improve the development process, get answers to the following questions to speed things up:

  • Is the product development strategy clear for everybody in the team?
  • Has the team enough focus and clarity to work independently on their own product?
  • Does the team have the required skills to develop the product?
  • Is the team using the right technologies and is the tech-infrastructure up to date?
  • Is the team enabled to invest time into automation and documentation?

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No one can accurately predict where software development is headed, but we can make some educated guesses using trends and data. Let’s see what 2020 looks like and where we might be headed in terms of remote work, tools, tech, and agile methodologies.

A new report published by CodingSans, a full-stack JavaScript development company, examines the state of software development in 2020. Over 700 people responded to the call, lending their answers about software development, including what challenges they face, wich tools and methodologies they are using, and much more.

No one can accurately predict where software development is headed, but we can make some educated guesses using trends and data. Let’s see what 2020 looks like and where we might be headed from here.

Top tools

According to the responses CodingSans received, here are the most commonly used software development tools, tech, and strategies:

5 Agile methodologies

  1. Scrum meetings
  2. Kanban boards
  3. Agile modeling
  4. Lean software development
  5. Extreme programming (XP)

Top 5 primary programming languages

  1. JavaScript
  2. Java
  3. TypeScript
  4. Python
  5. C#

Testing 5 tools

  1. Jest
  2. Selenium
  3. JUnit
  4. Mocha
  5. Pytest

Project management tools

  1. Jira
  2. Trello
  3. GitHub Projects
  4. GitHub Projects
  5. Azure Boards

Top 5 IDEs

  1. VSCode
  2. Visual Studio
  3. IntelliJ IDEA
  4. Sublime Text
  5. Eclipse

Communication tools

  1. Slack
  2. Email
  3. Jira
  4. MS Teams
  5. Google Hangouts

Top 5 used version control systems

  1. GitHub
  2. BitBucket
  3. GitLab
  4. GitLab self-hosted
  5. GitBucket Server

Facing challenges

Of course, no two software development teams face exactly the same issues, but there are some trends. When asked about software development trends, the most common answer was “capacity”.

The number two most commonly reported issue was “sharing knowledge”. This may be one of the reasons why agile methodology is becoming more popular among developers, as 24% of devs agreed that this is an issue for them. Coding Sans also recommends utilizing pair programming and code reviews to conquer this hurdle.

When it comes to software delivery, the most commonly faced issue is unrealistic expectations between managers and developers. Top-performing developers also struggle with a lack of clearly defined variables when working on a project. Clearer communication and understanding what limitations exist would benefit both developers and managers to arrive at better software development.

Remote work continues to rise

There’s no ignoring the rise in remote work anymore, even without the current social distancing landscape. More and more developers are working remotely, which in turn means it is advisable for companies to offer it in order to attract the best talent.

According to the survey, 76% of companies currently allow remote work. In the next 12 months, 14% said they will allow work from home. Compared to just a few years ago, this number has grown and will likely continue to do so.

Despite this high percentage of companies offering remote work, in-person meetings were still ranked as the number one communication method.

Overall, developers enjoy remote work for a multitude of reasons. Recently, a survey from GitLab asked 3,000 developers who worked remotely about their experience. 90% of remote workers would recommend the experience and 52% saw increased productivity.

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The Software Development Tools Market is the subject of extensive research and analysis in the report to help market participants improve their business tactics and ensure their long-term success. The report’s authors used easy-to-understand language and simple statistical images, but provided detailed information and data on the market for Software Development Tools. The report provides players with useful information and suggests result-oriented ideas to gain a competitive advantage in the Software Development Tools market. It shows how different players in the market are competing for Software Development Tools and discusses the strategies by which they differ from other participants.

The Global Software Development Tools Market is growing at a faster pace with substantial growth rates over the last few years and is estimated that the market will grow significantly in the forecasted period i.e. 2019 to 2026.

In the report, the researchers provided a quantitative and qualitative analysis and an assessment of the opportunities in absolute dollars. The report also offers a Porters Five Forces analysis and a PESTLE analysis for more detailed comparisons and other important studies. Each section of the report offers players something valuable to improve their gross margin, sales and marketing strategy, and profit margins. By using the report as a tool for achieving an insightful market analysis, stakeholders can identify critical changes in their business and improve their business approach. They will also be able to compete with other players in the Software Development Tools market while identifying key growth pockets.

The main players featured in the Software Development Tools market report are: Atom AWS Linx Software GitHub NetBeans Zend Spiralogics CodeLobster Bootstrap Microsoft Kwatee Atlassian CloudForge Axure Codenvy

Each company evaluated in the report is examined based on various factors such as product and application portfolios, market share, growth potential, future plans and recent developments. Readers gain a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the competitive landscape. More importantly, the report highlights the strategies that key players are using to maintain their dominance in the Software Development Tools. It shows how competition in the market will change in the next few years and how players are preparing to be one step ahead.

Software Development Tools Market by Regional Segments:

The chapter on regional segmentation describes the regional aspects of the Software Development Tools market. This chapter explains the regulatory framework that is expected to affect the entire market. It illuminates the political scenario of the market and anticipates its impact on the market for Software Development Tools.

  • Middle East and Africa (GCC countries and Egypt)
  • North America (USA, Mexico and Canada)
  • South America (Brazil, etc.)
  • Europe (Turkey, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, Italy, France, etc.)
  • Asia Pacific (Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Australia)

Analysts who have authored the report have segmented the market for Software Development Tools by product, application and region. All segments are the subject of extensive research, with a focus on CAGR, market size, growth potential, market share and other important factors. The segment study provided in the report will help players focus on the lucrative areas of the Software Development Tools market. The regional analysis will help the actors to strengthen their position in the most important regional markets. It shows unused growth opportunities in regional markets and how they can be used in the forecast period.

Highlights of TOC:

Overview: In addition to an overview of the Software Development Tools market, this section provides an overview of the report to give an idea of ​​the type and content of the study.

Market dynamics: Here the authors of the report discussed in detail the main drivers, restrictions, challenges, trends and opportunities in the market for Software Development Tools.

Product Segments: This part of the report shows the growth of the market for various types of products sold by the largest companies.

Application segments: The analysts who have authored the report have thoroughly evaluated the market potential of the key applications and identified the future opportunities they should create in the Software Development Tools.

Geographic Segments: Each regional market is carefully examined to understand its current and future growth scenarios.

Company Profiles: The top players in the Software Development Tools market are detailed in the report based on their market share, served market, products, applications, regional growth and other factors.

The report also includes specific sections on production and consumption analysis, key results, key suggestions and recommendations, and other issues. Overall, it offers a complete analysis and research study of the Software Development Tools market to help players ensure strong growth in the coming years.

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No modern economy can exist without fundamental information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure because these are the tool for national and economic development.

A key component of ICT is software- a collection of data or computer instructions that tell the computer how to work.As a matter of fact, over the years, software has become an essential input for the operations of virtually all businesses, across all industries and sectors.

Regrettably, most of the software in use in the country are imported, leaving the local developers to wallow in neglect and poverty.Experts believe that Nigeria spends over $400 million annually on foreign software licence renewal without recourse to indigenous software that could perform the same task.

To avoid such huge amount, which they described as waste to the economy, National Software Think Tank (NSOFT) has urged the federal government to endorse and approve of the proposed 5-Year National Software Strategic Plan to accelerate the adoption and patronage of Nigeria developed application software and maximize the opportunities and benefits presented by the Digital promise.

Chris Uwaje, chairman, NSOFT, called for the establishment of a special National Software Strategy as a critical Framework for improving understanding of the challenges and national security risks observed in the software development ecosystem and implications for Nigeria.

“Recognizing the enormity of challenges faced by the Nigerian software ecosystem as critical national infrastructure for the economy and security, there is urgent need for legal protection of the Software Industry”. He said.

But the onus lies on the government. Government must be the unseen hand that weaves the magic wand.This is because conventional wisdom supported by imperial economic studies dictates that market forces alone are incapable of accelerating the development of ICT and indeed the economy.

National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) agreed and explained that the introduction of local vendor policy in the licensing of foreign software in Nigeria will continue to block financial leakages in the country’s software industry, while saving huge sums of money for the federal government and the local information technology (IT) vendors.

Dr. Dan-Azumi Mohammed Ibrahim, director general of NOTAP, who gave the explanation during his welcome reception organised by the National Software Think Tank (NSOFT) in Lagos recently, said there had been stiff opposition to the implementation of the policy.

“We have passion to support the development of home-grown technology. Nigeria was hitherto loosing huge amount of money to foreign countries through licensing fees of foreign software, but we have to change the narrative through the local vendor policy” Ibrahim, said.

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As more industries adapt to the digital age, there has been an increased demand for software development innovations that will help make work easier and meet customer demands. This means plenty of growing work opportunities in the field. Let’s look at some of the trends that anyone interested in a software engineering future should pay attention to. 1. More Generalization In a technological world, having specialized skills will always be valuable. There is, however, a growing need for those with more generalized abilities to join in. Besides tinkering with particular software, there is increased demand for people that can also operate at the front-end, engaging with customers to better outline specifications that can be used in the backend of development. This is why careers in full-stack development have been flourishing in recent years as more companies look to recruit people that are multifaceted in their capabilities. They want someone who can handle multiple programming languages, work from both the front and back end, work on their websites and applications, and more. While their knowledge may be more extensive than intensive, it should be enough that they can perform most coding tasks. Where needed they can sub-contract for more complex projects. 2. Driving Innovation Through Collaboration A common misconception in many fields is that education is the best way to make your mark. There was once a time when employers only paid attention to the educational background of candidates when evaluating them for positions. Now, many organizations are moving away from this approach and considering soft skills like collaborative effort. The ability to interact well and share knowledge with peers has been found to work exceedingly well in driving innovation in the technology world. Discussion and information sharing has proven to be useful in developing new ideas, gauging theories and attracting input and collaboration from peers and experts. This is a very supportive field with many happy to make contributions that will help projects to progress at a faster pace. With this industry being so competitive, the inclination to be collaborative should be sought after and not avoided. 3. Global Outlook The business world has become more global with both product and service providers exploring new territories. They are not only expanding their operations to cater to a diverse range of customers but also tapping into a human resource pool that is just as wide and varied. Thanks to the internet, more organizations can recruit temporary or permanent staff from remote locations, and coordinate them to work on projects. The future of software development is no longer restricted to certain borders. There is plenty of talent to be exploited all over the world and accessing it has been made much easier and affordable through interconnectivity. This trend is expected to keep growing as it becomes necessary to tailor software that can be responsive no matter the region, language, or device that is using it. 4. From Career Ladder to Career Lattice Traditional organizational structures often provided a clearly defined career path for employees to aspire towards. It would usually begin at some entry-level job and in time lead to a managerial post. The goal was typically to work your way up the career ladder. This has however changed in more recent years as more organizations adapt to a much flatter organizational structure that leaves much fewer opportunities for career advancement. As the skills sought by organizations become more generalized, employees can expect to have a more varied movement in their profession. The different roles they take up throughout their career may mean advancement at some point, lateral moves, and even going a step down. This lattice progression is one that many a software engineer future career will look like. To succeed in such an environment, developers will need to continually add to their skills and become adaptable to different situations as they arise. 5. Seeking Creativity and Self-Motivation The work culture for many organizations has been to hire people that can take instruction and perform to set standards. This rather rigid and boring approach to staff evaluations often limited how far businesses could progress. Now, they are looking for innovative minds that can think outside the box and generate ideas that will push companies to the next level. Competition is very high, no matter the type of business you are in. To keep hold of your market share, or grow it, you need people that can see or create opportunities where you can excel. The successful future of software engineering will be pegged on entrepreneurial minds. Businesses of all kinds are realizing the importance of redefining what talent they need. To secure their futures, they are looking to recruit more forward-thinking software development New York expertise that will keep them profitable. Remember that growth and profit-making are at the core of most businesses’ goals.

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Google’s gotten us used to releasing the first Developer Preview of a new Android version in March, but this time around the company has been faster. Android 11/R is now out in the form of Developer Preview 1. As usual, this is not intended to be used by regular consumers because it’s very much a first unpolished draft of what will end up being Android 11 later this year.

Still, the release is useful because we get a glimpse of the changes headed our way when Android 11 becomes final. Note that this may not be the full list, as Google has the habit of unveiling some more new features in May during its I/O developer conference, which is also when the first public beta of the new system is made available for everyone to play with. Additionally, some of these things may not make the cut to the finalized build of Android 11 – we’ve seen many a new feature being removed before.


With all that in mind, let’s dive in. 5G is going to be the buzzword of the year, so clearly Android 11 is riding that, even though technically Android 10 “supports” 5G as well. The new version will bring updated connectivity APIs so developers can take even more advantage of the improved speed and latency that 5G offers. Developers can check whether a connection is unmetered, and if it is, then the app can offer higher-res or quality that may use more data. This helps devs identify which carriers are offering truly unmetered data while connected to 5G.

There’s also a bandwidth estimator API that makes it easy for devs to figure out how much downstream/upstream bandwidth is available, without the app needing to poll itself or compute its own estimate.

Call screening service improvements are baked in too, as well as Wi-Fi suggestion API enhancements, and Passpoint enhancements.

New screens supported

Pinhole and waterfall screens are now supported in Android at the platform level, so companies using these won’t have to do the extra work of adding in support themselves. Apps can manage pinhole and waterfall screens using the existing display cutout APIs.


Notifications get tweaked once again because the running joke that it can’t be a new version of Android without Google in some way messing with that needs to keep running. This time around, there’s going to be a dedicated conversations section in the notification shade, for ongoing convos. Bubbles are a way to keep conversations in view and accessible while you do other stuff on your phone. Think of these as Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads, but for every messaging and chat app on your device (as long as their devs choose to use the new API).

If an app supports image copy and paste, then in Android 11 you will be able to insert images into notification replies, thus needing to jump into the app from the notification even less than before (especially when you combine this new functionality with the aforementioned dedicated conversations section of the shade). In this first Developer Preview, there’s image copy support baked into Chrome, and image paste support through Gboard.

Privacy and permissions

Privacy-wise, we get a new one-time permission for location, as well as for the use of the microphone and camera. This means apps can access the permission until you move away from the app, and then they must ask you again.

Additionally, later this year apps in the Play Store will only be allowed to ask for getting your location data in the background with Google’s permission. As of August 3, all new apps submitted to the Play Store that access background location will need to be approved, and from November 2 all existing apps that request background location will need to be approved by the company or they’ll be gone from the Play Store. This is a huge change because it impacts all versions of Android, not just 11.

Also regarding permissions, Android 11 will “discourage” repeated requests for permissions in a specific permission group. If you tap Deny twice for any specific permission, during the lifetime of an app’s installation on a device, this will be understood by the system to also mean “don’t ask again” and so you won’t ever be nagged from that point on. If you change your mind after this and want to grant that permission for that app, you’ll need to go into Settings and do it manually (or reinstall the app).

The Google Play System Updates (nee Project Mainline) introduced in Android 10 have been expanded to add 12 new updatable modules, including a permissions module that standardizes user and developer access to critical privacy controls.

Screen recording, dark theme enhancements

Screen recording is back (it was included in early versions of Android 10 then dropped), and this time it actually works. You can trigger this with a new Quick Settings tile.

The dark theme will be able to automatically turn on and off based on time of day, be that turning dark when the sun sets and light when the sun rises again, or just any custom interval you like.


There’s also a new Neural Networks API which expands the operations and controls available to developers, as well as a bunch of improvements to security. Developers are getting new processes and tools to minimize the impact of platform updates on their apps. Apps can use a new API to mute vibration from ringtones, alarms, or notifications while a camera capture session is active, and metadata tags allow for bokeh modes on camera capture requests on the devices that support it.

Pixel 4 specific changes

For the Pixel 4 and 4 XL specifically, there’s a new Motion Sense gesture to pause music, as well as an option to increase touch sensitivity when using a screen protector.


If you are a developer or can manually flash buggy pre-release OS versions on a phone that isn’t your daily driver (and take pleasure in doing so), then you can download the Android 11 DP1 full factory images here, and OTA files here. The preview is compatible with all Pixels except the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Do not attempt this if you don’t feel comfortable using Recovery Mode and ADB, or having things randomly not work.

If you want a beta version that you can easily install onto your Pixel, you’ll have to wait until May, according to Google’s preliminary release timeline which you can see above.

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Code is the backbone of most software programs and applications. Each line of code serves as an instruction—a logical, step-by-step mechanism for computers, servers, and other machines to perform an action. To create those instructions, one must know how to write code—a valuable skill that’s sometimes in short supply. 

But what if you could build software without writing a single line of code? That’s the premise behind no-code development, a software development method that has been gathering momentum. With the help of no-code platforms, it’s possible to develop software without writing any underlying code.

“No-code allows people who don’t know how to write code to develop the same applications that a software engineer would,” says Vlad Magdalin, co-founder and CEO of Webflow, a no-code platform for building websites. “It’s the ability to do without code what has traditionally been done with code.”

No-code development could also be regarded as a form of visual programming. Instead of text-based development environments, users manipulate code elements through drag-and-drop user interfaces. A popular example is MIT Media Lab’s Scratch programming language, which uses graphical programming blocks to teach children and adults how to code.

“It’s more like using building blocks that have logic,” says Lacey Kesler, co-founder of the Visual Dev School. “It’s a way to empower people to create for the web without learning how to code.”

No-code programming is a natural progression in the realm of software development. What began as low-level programming using assembly language—which is as close as programmers can get to machine code instructions—evolved into Java, Python, C, JavaScript, and the other programming languages of today. This evolution involved adding layers of abstraction to hide the complexities behind machine code, making programming easier for software developers.

Despite being a product of technological evolution, no-code development isn’t a novel concept. The computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools of the ‘90s predate today’s no-code platforms. But CASE tools, as their name suggests, only aim to aid certain activities in the software development life cycle—and not the actual coding itself. Microsoft Visual Basic and Adobe Dreamweaver—which still require knowledge of code—are considered earlier iterations of no-code tools.

Microsoft’s Visual Basic no-code tool is used here to program a virtual agent.

Today, various platforms exist to enable no-code development. These include Microsoft’s Power Apps and Oracle’s Visual Builder to create mobile and web apps, Oracle’s Application Express to develop business apps, and Salesforce’s Lightning Platform for customer relationship management apps. Even Google is getting in on the action with its recent acquisition of AppSheet, a no-code platform for building mobile apps.

These tools and the applications built with them are gaining traction in the tech world. According to research from Gartner, low-code application development (which also encompasses no-code) will make up more than 65 percent of application development activity by 2024, with three-quarters of large enterprises using at least four low-code development tools.

So what’s behind the growth of programming without code?

“With more powerful computers, more accessible cloud computing services, and better programming languages, you can start building software that allows you to build software,” says Victor Kuppers, vice president of marketing at Betty Blocks, a product that enables no-code assembly of applications from components known as “blocks.”

No-code development is also a solution to a supply-and-demand problem: a rising demand for generating more software, but a limited number of developers who can create that software. “There’s a clear need in the market for more people to create software, and what you can create with code is so valuable,” Magdalin says. “Yet coding is such a difficult skill to learn that the world just can’t catch up. No-code tools are emerging because they’re much easier to learn compared to getting a computer science degree or going through a coding boot camp.”

Aside from this minimal learning curve, no-code platforms allow for faster application development, which could lead to lower costs for businesses. It could also eliminate any issues between a person’s vision of a product and how a software engineer brings that vision to life through code. “Software is designed to meet a certain purpose, solve a particular problem,” Kesler says. “With visual development tools, we’re able to do that without handing the project off to a developer or learning how to code it ourselves. It gives us the ability to solve our own problems.”

But perhaps the most important advantage of no-code over code is making software development more accessible. “We’re moving into a world where people who understand the business situation the best or those who interact with customers the most will be building the product themselves,” says Emmanuel Straschnov, co-founder of no-code platform Bubble. “Given that technology is such a central part of our lives, more people should be able to create it. No-code development takes the power of creating software and spreads it among everyone.”

Programming without code is still not a one-size-fits-all solution, though. It won’t have the same precision and won’t offer as many possibilities as code does. “Because it’s a higher level of abstraction, it will be limiting in some ways. You won’t have the same flexibility as code,” says Straschnov.

Moreover, no-code platforms aren’t meant to replace software developers. “I’m a former software engineer, so I used to have the same fear,” Magdalin says. “Just because coding has been automated doesn’t mean the entire skill is gone. In fact, it may even be more valued now. Every business will have something unique that can’t be addressed by a no-code solution. You still need developers for the exceptions that these visual tools don’t support.”

When it comes to the future of no-code development, Straschnov sees it as becoming a natural part of the software ecosystem, with more companies switching to no-code platforms and software engineers extending these platforms to make them more powerful. 

“I hope the future of no-code is one framed in a positive light because it’s democratizing software development,” Kesler says. “I know how to code—I was solely dedicated to Ruby on Rails, but I realized that’s not how I like to create. Once I found visual development, it changed everything for me. No-code development allows others to create in a way that feels natural to them.

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We asked staff at Jaguar Land Rover in Shannon about the tech roles available at the site and the most important skills for success.

We recently visited the offices of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in Shannon, which – as its general manager and site lead, John Cormican, told us – is a software development centre of excellence for the company.

Cormican said that the focus of the centre is primarily on “things like autonomous driving, automated driving and connectivity solutions”.

“So, connecting our cars to the outside world and making them updatable through software updates over the air, electrification strategy and also on share mobility services,” he explained.

To help the company achieve these goals, the HR team at JLR is currently on the lookout for new joiners. We spoke to one of its representatives, Jessica O’Neill, to learn more.

According to O’Neill, it’s currently a “very exciting time and a brilliant opportunity to join the team” at the Shannon site.

“We’re recruiting for highly skilled and advanced software engineers with opportunities in areas such as cybersecurity, embedded software and validation, to name a few,” she said.

The right mix of skills at JLR

If you’re considering applying for a role at JLR Shannon, what can you expect to find once you join? One of the site’s software developers, Richard Taylor, gave us some insights.

He highlighted the diverse skills – technical and otherwise – that are important for a software developer at JLR.

His work in the advanced driver assistance systems department sees him drawing on what he calls “all the usual stuff”, which includes C++, CPython, Linux and Git, among others.

But it’s important that softer skills are also prioritised by people working at JLR Shannon. “When you’re working on something as advanced as autonomous driving, for example, it requires a lot of interdisciplinary and cross-functional collaboration to achieve,” Taylor added.

“JLR is a British company, so we’ve to work very closely with our colleagues in the UK and throughout the world, as well with bases in Portland and India, too.

“So it’s very important that, alongside the technical skillsets, you also have proficiencies in the likes of teamwork and networking and communication skills as well.”

Overall, Cormican said that the amount of technology continuing to filter into the automotive industry is “hugely exciting and very, very new”. At Shannon, he added, “engineers get to see their actual work in our vehicles, which can be hugely motivating and inspiring”.

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The evolution of software development is not just about timelines, where previously the shortest time you could expect for a software release was nothing less than a whole year. The greatest highlights of evolution are found in the little things. That software development is no longer a computer-only affair rather, development tools are available in a broader range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. That developers are today more friendly and interactive and not as nerdy, geeky, or downrightly unsocial beings that we saw in the past decades. 

In retrospect, a lot has changed and the path to discovery gets more exciting with as many as 24 million developers joining the bandwagon by 2019 and a good number opting to go solo in their venture mostly in consumer web-based and mobile apps development. 

What brought about such transformations? 

  • From just one language in 1956 to the more than 700 programming languages that we have today, enterprises are relying heavily on applications to meet operational and service delivery demands. 
  • Enter virtualization and cloud computing and software development went to a whole new level. The cloud platform, as opposed to in-house servers, offers a more robust and scalable infrastructure for faster, cost-effective, and efficient releases with providers like AZURE and AWS gaining ground ahead of others. Today, applications can be deployed or upgraded within minutes of demand. 
  • Thanks to AI and ML technologies that gave rise to smart and intelligent software and automated processes, software development now has a new face defined by speed, efficiency, and ease of release of applications.  
  • A trend that is fast becoming popular is the adoption of agile development and continuous integration approach as the waterfall model that was previously used ebbs out. The complicated time-consuming models that were there before have today been streamlined to meet the growing demand for faster higher-quality deployments. DevOps technology has played a huge role in this.

Software development has experienced huge milestones, the ones mentioned above are just but a few of them. 

What is software development life cycle? 

The software development life cycle, abbreviated as SDLC, is a framework detailing the phases through which software passes from the time of planning to the time it is delivered to its consumer. Each phase in the life cycle has predefined tasks, objectives, and goals that should be achieved before moving on to the next phase.  

SDLC works by minimizing cost, speeding up deployment to produce high-quality software in line with customer expectations. The framework will clearly lay out the finer details of how to develop, maintain, alter, or replace software and also specify the time and cost within which the project should be done. 

A typical SDLC has the following steps 

  1. Planning

The planning phase defines the scope and the expected results of the project based on the needs of the organization. It outlines a schedule and estimates the cost, timeline, and other resources required for the project. This stage also points out risks and how to minimize these risks. 

  1. Requirements Analysis

Requirements analysis is an important stage in the SDLC. It brings together views from different stakeholders including the customer, sales and marketing department, senior team members responsible for steering the project, and industry experts. 

These views are factored in when defining and documenting the business requirements (broken down into specific functions and operations) that the application should meet to be beneficial to the business. Usually, businesses will use a Software Requirement Specification document to perform requirements analysis. 

  1. Design

This phase consists of two vital activities. 

  • Designing the system’s infrastructure 
  • Designing the system model

Reference is made to the Software Requirement Specification (SRS) document followed by defining desired features of the application in an architectural framework. Usually, more than one framework will be proposed and documented in a Design Document Specification (DDS) document. 

Different stakeholders will then analyze each proposed framework based on factors like feasibility, function, cost, and time and then select one that best fits the project requirements. 

  1. Development 

The development phase marks the first step towards the actual development of the application. It involves the actual infrastructure development and system coding by developers. While the previous phases more of documentation phases, the development phase makes use of the blueprint from these phases as a guideline in carrying out their activities. 

Coding is the longest phase in the SDLC.

  1. Testing 

This is a crucial part of the SDLC. Software Testing is done to evaluate how well the proposed application will meet the requirements intended for it. The purpose of the testing phase is to identify bugs and errors in the system and fix them in the best way possible to achieve the quality defined in the SRS.  

Here, test cases are written and executed usually by a quality assurance professional. 

  1. Deployment 

In this phase, the actual software is released for the end-users to begin their operations. Sometimes, the software may first be released to a few people to further test its functionality. This will, however, depend on the agreement between the developers and the clients. 

  1. Maintenance 

Based on user-feedback, the maintenance phase exists to correct, enhance, or alter the software if need be. From time to time the system is maintained and/or upgraded to keep it functioning at its best. This phase also includes user-support. 

A career in Software Development 

Software development is one of the most promising career fields in software engineering. Computers run on software and businesses today rely heavily on software to run their operations. For this reason, the demand for software developers continues to rise. 

There are different paths that one can pursue a software development career.

  1. Your education background

A software engineer degree, while not absolutely necessary, will help you familiarize yourself well with computers and programming. If starting off your career at this point, consider a degree in computer science. 

  1. Gain hands-on experience 

A degree alone is not enough to equip you for a career in software development. You need practical experience. After attaining your degree, consider a job or an internship where you will build coding, programming, and other technical skills required for this role. 

  1. Technical skills 

A software developer should possess the following technical skills. 

  • programming languages like Java, C++, and Python 
  • Coding 
  • IDE’s (Integrated Development Environments)
  • Operating systems 
  • Databases 
  • Microsoft excel 
  1. Build your soft skills 

Did we mention that today’s software developer is a social being who is part of a team? 

Problem-solving, collaboration, communication, team player, and creativity are skills that go a long way to enhance your career. They help you relate with your teammates, clients, and other stakeholders and having them will certainly accord you a competitive advantage. 

  1. Pursue a specialization 

Given that there are different types of software including systems software, programming software, and application software, the software development field is also broad. You could consider specializing in one or two of the following careers under software development. 

  • Full-stack developer
  • Front-end developer
  • Back-end developer
  • Web-developer
  • Mobile developer 
  • DevOps developer
  • Graphics/games developer
  1. Pursue certifications 

Certifications are proof of a professional’s technical skills and abilities. Different bodies offer different certifications in line with software development. 

  • C++ Institute certifications – C and C++ programming certification in advancing levels from associate, professional, to senior level. Some certifications under this category include: 
  • CLA (C programming Language Certified Association)
  • CLP (Certified Professional Programmer)
  • CLS (Certified Senior Programmer)
  • CPA (C++ Certified Associate Programmer) 
  • (CPP) C++ Certified Professional Programmer 
  • CPS (C++ Certified Senior Programmer (CPS)
  • IEEE Professional Software Developer Certification 
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer 

In Conclusion 

The software development field keeps changing. With new technologies, comes the need for professionals to upgrade their skills. On the other hand, if you haven’t launched your career yet,

you can start off by looking at the various Software Development Courses available in the market. Take advantage of online courses and certifications and once you’ve gained skills, a lot of self-learning and practice will go into building your career. 

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Although its initial release was nearly 30 years ago, Java is still one of the most in-demand and useful programming languages in modern technology. In fact, it holds the rank of number one in 2019 in a study conducted by CodingDojo and took the top spot in the TIOBE Index for February of 2020.

Java came into fruition in 1991 during a time when C++ ruled the world of business application development, which made things rather complicated and platform dependent. In an effort to simplify the process of building applications for businesses, James Gosling and his team at Sun Microsystems created Java to be an object-oriented, interpreted programming language that also supports multi-threading programming.

This helped Java to conquer numerous software fields in the years to follow. Sure, today Java has lost a few of them at the hands of newer programming languages such as JavaScript and Python. However, its dependability, security, stability, and many other benefits continue to make a Java development company and Java developers incredibly valuable resources for creating business applications.

Why learn Java?

Developers may be asking themselves why they should learn a programming language that is nearly three decades old. After all, there are numerous newer languages and platforms to learn. There are numerous reasons why Java continues to be a leader in the world of development and why it is still a language worth learning in 2020.

Although Java’s many benefits and capabilities make it a very diverse language, it is actually fairly easy to learn and master for developers of all skill levels. It is an object-oriented, high-level language, complete with many automated processes for easy use. Garbage collection, for example, frees up memory and does not require triggering by the developer in Java. Its syntax is also similar to English, which makes it less complicated to understand and write when compared with less straightforward programming languages. Additionally, there are many tutorials, forums, and communities available online for programmers to consult when stuck on something. With an estimated 7 million Java developers in the world as of 2019, there is an enormous support community to learn from.

It’s no coincidence that Java has been the number one programming language in the world for years. Java allows developers to do nearly everything required in the world of computing. For example, the development of complete web applications, whether for the internet or intranet, is possible with the Jakarta EE specification within the language. JavaFX was developed by the OpenJFX community as a more modern solution for developing graphical interfaces. Leading service providers in the world of cloud computing, including Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, all support Java for application development as well. What’s more – it is also widely used in the rapidly expanding world of the Internet of Things.

Java is platform-independent, which means that applications only have to be created in one operating system and compiled to bytecode to be able to run on any other platform that supports the Java Virtual Machine. This is the basis of Java’s well-known “Write Once, Run Anywhere” motto.

Under the Oracle Binary Code License, it is free to use Java for non-commercial purposes, meaning developers do not have to pay to develop personal projects with the language. This is great for beginning developers or those just starting to learn the language. When used in a commercial setting, the $2.50 fee per user per month is fairly minimal, especially when accounting for the many offers and discounts available.

For those developers looking to get a high paying job in the professional world, Java is an ideal language to master. As Java use in businesses is widely popular, developers who become experts with the language can expect to reach and exceed the six-figure salary mark in the United States. Entry-level Java developers can still expect to make an average salary of nearly $60,000 per year according to Indeed.

The use cases of Java span from laptops and mobile phones to gaming consoles and business applications. As a platform-independent and incredibly versatile language, developers are able to create applications for a wide array of projects and industries. Huge corporations continue to use it, including Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Spotify, and Airbnb, just to name a few.

Thanks to Oracle’s takeover of Java since Java 9, a faster-paced lifecycle of new releases is active to keep up with the times. This new lifecycle promises a new version of Java every 6 months, complete with new features to help evolve the language faster while responding faster to new technologies or gaps in the world of programming. Oracle has kept up with this pace since September of 2017 and the release of Java 9 and has scheduled the release of Java 14 for March of 2020.

It’s time to learn Java

In 2020, Java is still “the” programming language for developers to master. Whether trying to get a job at a software development company or acting as a freelance developer, Java is a must-have language in a developer’s tool belt and is applicable to a multitude of projects regardless of field, business sector, or type of program.

Given its ease of use, continual updates, enormous community, and many applications, Java has continued and will continue to be the most-used programming language in the tech world.

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