23 Hot Programming Trends’ And 23 Going Cold

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As technology continues to evolve by the day, the world of programming becomes more and more intricate. Programming is the procedure of creating different instructions which command computers, and other electronic gadgets, to perform various tasks - an important aspect of the smooth operation of computers. Programming trends advance every day, and previous trends start to depreciate in popularity.

Below is a comprehensive list of popular and not-so-popular programming trends.

1. Hot: SVG + JavaScript on Canvas. Not: Flash

Flash is complex, and produces excellent results. It has an appealing, antialiased rendering style and many programmers have collaborated to create a deep stack of Flash code which provides complex animations and transitions.

JavaScript is an advanced version of Flash with improved collaboration in the DOM layer. It comes with new features such as Scalable Vector Graphics which, in collaboration with HTML, contain a huge pile of tags that web developers can use with ease. The inclusion of big APIs enables individuals to draw on a canvas object with assistance from video cards. This is another reason why developers are transitioning to JavaScript.

2. Hot: Pre-processors. Going cold: Full language stacks

It used to be difficult to develop a system which was capable of transforming code into executable elements. These days, people can simply write a pre-processor which translates new code into ancient systems, complete with APIs and libraries. Programmers have limitations when it comes to using JavaScript or Python for huge projects. They can now accommodate bigger projects thanks to programming advancements. In addition, Coffee Script was developed to replace JavaScript. The former is a pre-processor that allows for coding in the absence of onerous punctuation. Programmers can predict and preslice syntax in various ways, and. NET’s VM can be used to run languages.

3. Hot: Docker. Not: Hypervisors

Docker containers and hypervisors have a symbiotic relationship. The former operates within the OS from where the latter rests. Even then, it is easy to use Docker containers due to their small size. Many developers prefer using Docker containers because of their agility and convenience. Programmers who want to succeed in this industry should rely on deftness in order to uphold legacy and capture opportunities.

4. Hot: JavaScript MV* frameworks. Not: JavaScript files

Gone are the days when just anyone could check the status of an email address using JavaScript. Apps running on HTML AJAX are difficult to navigate, so much so that many people cannot manage them. To avoid such complications, programmers are striving to adopt more detailed networks to handle their businesses. The industry has numerous frameworks which can manage web pages and application content. Other frameworks can provide mobile gadgets, such as smartphones and tablets, with cross-platform expansion.

5. Hot: CSS frameworks. Not: Generic Cascading Style Sheets

Many years ago, you would need a CSS file and a new command to decorate a web page. Such an easy process is hardly possible today, with web pages becoming significantly more complex. The emergence of CSS frameworks is timely as it provides programming constructs to enable stable coding and literacy. These constructs include nesting blocks, mix-ins, and real variables.

6. Hot: Video tags. Not: Static tags

When we wanted to play videos in the past, Vimeo and YouTube were the only available options. That is no longer true, with many websites advancing their services to include videos. Some of the available options include JPGs and GIFs. Today, videos are not just for those who can afford televisions, or have Wi-Fi coverage. Anyone can enjoy the video content available online.

7. Hot: Almost big data (analysis without Hadoop). Not: Big data (with Hadoop)

Developing a new program gives other people an opportunity to launch a bigger one. Even though big data is excellent, it is only viable for big companies with huge amounts of data to handle. Computers don’t require so much data to solve problems. In fact, a computer with a RAM capacity of 16GB can handle the operations of a medium-sized company for many years. Programmers rarely need an especially fast response from computers in a big data cloud running consequently. In such circumstances, plugging in an individual computer is more convenient.

8. Hot: Spark. Not: Hadoop

Spark is too hot for Hadoop to handle. Hadoop has some excellent ideas on the extraction of important information from huge data volumes. It enhances them before updating them, boosting the code’s performance. Spark doesn’t rely on writing everything in a distributed file system. It ensures that data remains in fast memory. Many programmers are using these two programs in collaboration. They leverage on Hadoop’s file system, and Spark’s data storage speed.

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9. Hot: Artificial intelligence/machine learning. Not: Big data

When comparing artificial intelligence to big data, you will notice the former is complex with a concealable meaning. Marketers have taken advantage of that complexity to advance artificial intelligence to an efficient program. Both programs come with different tools which individuals can use to solve problems. However, artificial intelligence is ahead of big data in terms of ease of use, convenience, and functionality.

10. Hot: Robotics. Not: Virtual things

While the world waits for virtuality to become truly effective and popular, robotics has fast overtaken it. Many schools and homes are embracing this program in the form of drones and vacuum cleaners. There is a need for programmers to come up with code-writing methods to regulate these machines. The era of script-writing is about to be overtaken by the availability of complex libraries. Robotics comes with new libraries, rules, topics, and protocols.

11. Hot: Single-page web apps. Not: Websites 

There was a time when URLs directed towards image and static text-filled web pages. As easy as it may sound, programmers spend hours on end making a sitemap easy to navigate. The latest web apps provide direct access to huge databases. The web app can access data from the database, straight into the local mold. This process does not require marking the data with the essential properties of developing a web page. There is an individual presentation, data, and formatting layer. Users can incorporate a responsive web page which functions like an application. This helps in preventing the hassle of having to navigate through app stores.

12. Hot: Mobile web apps. Not: Native mobile apps

Having a mobile content idea is one thing, but writing different versions and defining different languages for each operating system can be tedious. To succeed in this process, you can add an HTML app to a website and allow it to operate on different platforms, so users don’t have to keep going back to the app store for simple applications. The advancement of the HTML layer makes it fast, and allows it to handle intricate apps.

13. Hot: Android. Not: iOS

There is no doubt the iPad and iPhone have their dedicated customers, but all indications point to Android overtaking iOS in terms of popularity. Experts attribute this to various factors such as cost-effectiveness. While iOS has its restrictions, Android is open and accommodates more gadgets. It seems like iOS is starting to take lessons from Android with the release of the iPhone X.

14. Hot: GPU. Not: CPU

With the emergence of video games and movies, users are becoming addicted to GPU cards and giving up on CPU. This is because the former has the capacity to hold more data. Users are willing to spend a lot of money for the convenience of running their videos and games efficiently.

15. Hot: GitHub. Not: Resume

There are notable differences between a resume and GitHub. One can analyze an individual’s history from checking a resume. This would have been more effective if a candidate had a code. Taking part in an open source project plays an important role in helping individuals find jobs these days.

16. Hot: Renting. Not: Buying

During Black Friday, Amazon reported sales of electronic gadgets, but they did not mention cloud sales and deals. It is important to note that various companies launched datacenters complete with the software and staff to ensure normal operations. Today, renting everything has become more popular than buying outright. This reduces the liabilities which come with owning many things.

17. Hot: Cloud complexity. Not: Cloud simplicity

In the beginning, Cloud computing was simple and convenient. Now, the ability to choose the ideal discount program or machine can be more tedious and time-consuming than writing a code. While there have been numerous machine profiles, a good number of cloud providers are still using ancient versions. Both options provide excellent functionality which makes it difficult for users to choose one over the other.

18. Hot: Data movement experts. Not: Backup tapes

The IT industry manages a lot of data which can be hard to control. Previously, data had limitations and backing up was easy. Data monitoring is becoming critical since various services take place in the cloud, rather than in the rack. Developers should come up with methods of identifying data collection points and their required position.

19. Hot: Audio. Not: Websites

Audio interfaces are thriving at the moment. While they may not quash websites, they sure will give them a run for their money. Many popular websites have started mobilizing their users to leave audio comments rather than typing. Programmers will have to work extra hard to navigate through all the APIs for this. One of the APIs gaining traction is Alexa for Amazon Echo. With time, it will become necessary to have these audio interfaces in every company.

20. Hot: Node.js. Not: JavaEE, Ruby on Rails

In the past, servers would operate on a threaded model which saw the OS countering inefficiencies from programmers. The operating system would alternate between threads in order to balance functionality. With the launch of Node.js, complete with JavaScript callback functionality for programming, code operations became much faster. Due to the convenience of Node.js, layers have gained tremendous popularity among developers.

21. Hot: PHP 7.0. Not: Old PHP

PHP was quite popular for its ability to execute powerful web pages. Users could navigate through an easy code across HTML tags with ease. Even though it was convenient enough, it was slow and some programmers could not cope with that. Today, many PHP users are incorporating the Just-in-Time compiler which is popular for accelerating Java’s functionality. This has resulted in very fast tools such as PHP 7.0 and HipHop Virtual Machine.

22. Hot: Game frameworks. Not: Native game development

When it came to developing games in the past, hiring numerous developers to write codes in C was necessary. Despite the fact that the results were excellent, it was too expensive, so much so that game developers stopped using the custom code. The most popular system building libraries today are Corona, LibGDX, and Unity. Many developers do not use C code any more. They put more attention on narrative arc, gameplay, art, and characters.

23. Hot: Just-in-time education. Not: Four years up front

Computer-mediated courses have been in use for quite some time now. Individuals can now watch videos with the convenience of either slowing or accelerating them. In addition, users can have their lecturers repeat specific points. There has been an improvement in online discussion forums to accommodate group discussions, unlike in conventional seminar sessions. Online coursework is not only about technological advancements. It depends on its convenience for individuals to learn at their own will.

Today, people can choose what they want to learn instead of making investments in subjects they will hardly apply in their careers.


Programming is fun and anybody can learn and use it in mobile app development, creating different programs and even new trends. There are numerous ways programmers can convert existing trends into super-hot programs that everyone wants to use.

Have you got any more trends to share? Leave a comment in the comments section below.


Postado 14 novembro, 2017


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