Software Development And Its Metamorphosis: What Lies in Its Future?

Posted: November 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

Not many years ago, software development was largely about the Waterfall Model. However, the methodology was found to be flawed. Thankfully, the processes have undergone huge changes.

With novel programming languages like Java, Ruby, Python, PHP, etc. the metamorphosis is still on, and it is moving toward the Agile approach. Today, the only thing the industry looks for is the ability to code well.

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But, why did the Waterfall Model fail in the first place?

If you ask a non-technical person about ‘software,’ he’ll describe it as a five-finger exercise. It can be easily done and more importantly, easily changed, according to him. No, it is not his fault.

The intricacies and convolutions often lie hidden from a layman. What lies beyond, resembles the inside of a clock. The cogs, springs, and anchors have to be placed in such a way that the clock ticks.

Only an expert can understand the mechanism well. But, for a non-technical guy, it is just a simple machine with the hands moving on the dial. Software, too, has such a mechanical setup which is not as simple as it seems.

The mechanism, however, needs to keep changing from time to time so that modern business needs are met. The Waterfall Model could not support these changes.

It made the cycle of development longer and invited unwanted costs. Also, the result did not yield much profit. It couldn’t feed dynamism and hence, evolution. Thus was born the need of Agile.

What does the future hold for it?

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Modern-day software development in Kolkata has ditched the age old ‘writing’ of custom-developed codes. Instead, it is now more dependent on the components. The rise of cloud-based approaches is largely responsible for this.

Applications are no longer produced from scratch. Rather, they are assembled from components that previously existed or those that are sourced from elsewhere.

Such a source is known as an open-source, and is the latest buzz in the industry. Here is what the concept is going to look like in the future:

  •  Coding is going to be democratised.
  • If you have an idea about GitHub, you should know that the talk is exactly about. The platform is exclusively for code-sharing and behaves like a social networking site for programmers. It has made coding and software programming a lot easier and more affordable.

    And then, it also enables version control, which is of great help if projects driven by communities are considered. In short, the platform has democratised the processes of crafting applications.

  • Risks will come in plenty.
  • While the Agile methodology has enabled rapid and continuous processes of development, there have come up new risks, too. Because the components of an application come from open-sources, they are often reliant on other components. This is known as ‘transitive dependency.’

    Such dependency results in complicated applications, especially, when a supply chain is in question. The more the complexity, the higher is the risk of management and security. A flaw in a component can mean a major vulnerability in the application.


    However, this is can also be considered as flexibility, because such components can be checked and corrected. There can be frequent version updates and betterment made – just the thing we need for adapting software to changes.

  • It’s going to be the era of libraries!
  • Remember C? Well, C++ replaced it. Then came Java and Perl, followed by PHP and Python. Ruby is the latest. With every new programming language, the way of expressing code has turned more organic. However, the booster behind all the languages is libraries.

    C++ lacked it big time. But, Java had it. The scene was even better in PHP because it is rich in reusable libraries of code, and backs database and web processing. Thanks to these features, we can now build sturdier and more intricate software systems.

  • Skills will be the focus.

Yes, producing the best application shall now demand expertise. Software engineers will have to possess the following skills:

  1. Ability to solve issues 100%. Problems are bound to show up in some form or the other. The technology or the programming language used doesn’t matter anymore. If problems are left unsolved, the application is going to fail.
  2. Urge to learn. Because it’s a dynamic field, the expert handling an application will be expected to be a learner, a fast learner to be precise.
  3. Talent to describe the abstract. If you are a coder, you will have to spend a lot of time naming things you create, like classes, methods, and variables. And, you really need to be clever in doing this.
  4. Handling people. Because you are going to create applications for people, you will have to make them understand the idea in plain tongue. The friendlier you are, the better.

Are you ready for the coming times? Are you competent? Gear up soon.

Lee and Nee Software Ltd


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