The software development world is a diverse and continuously evolving one. At times, it is extremely difficult to keep tracks of the progress of the new methodologies and approaches that are coming to the forefront. Methodologies and approaches that are all set to play an integral role in the performance of businesses around the globe. So, how will 2016 pan out?
The progress of Agile
Agile software development methodology, which has been on the market for years, has recently witnessed a rise in its customer base. The popularity of Agile is immense especially when it comes to non-tech management. The reason being that the non-tech management is mainly focused on making profits and the software is just a requirement that is needed to be fulfilled as per the need of the company. They are not focused on spending time in finding the perfect software, instead are well-prepared to make improvements and update their software as time progresses. This makes it easier for the company to push out multiple iterations rather than aiming at having the ultimate software right from the start.
Moreover, Agile not only allows but also encourages software developers to experiment. If they are successful in their experimentation, then it is an added advantage. In case they fail, they can always move on to new levels of experimentation.
Continuous Delivery (CD) comes to the fore
Though not as popular as Agile, CD is still successfully making a name for itself in the world of software development. The label of CD, which is not commonly used by the majority of users, works perfectly on its own and also in tandem with Agile. It provides the necessary support by taking the Agile idea right through to production instead of stopping at software developer’s desktop.
The key to success for CD is its ability to provide feedback at an early stage of development along with its automated build and test feature. The originally tested business management software features are the ones that get deployed to work.
DevOps goes mainstream with a hitch
After its hype in 2015, DevOps has now effectively settled down in 2016 and developed into a household name. It has become an ideal example of development trends helping the entire organization in the most positive of ways. Furthermore, it perfectly suits both the developers and the operators in having to work simultaneously. It tends to offer a transparent way to achieving a similar goal of successfully completing and delivering various products and projects.
The only hitch in achieving the goal with DevOps is that it requires the entire team to be on the same wavelength. Meaning that everyone needs to adopt the same culture, processes, and tools rather than wandering separately. CD fittingly complements DevOps in execution as it supports a more collaborative approach by bringing all the necessary elements together in place.
Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
Software application execution is performed in a controlled environment that has software-defined configurations along with certain processors, memory, network interfaces and communication services. The infrastructure is usually programmed using tools such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible. Spinning the tools up and delivering services on demand even at a smaller span of time are the key to its success. This also helps in making it easier to scale the progress.
Version Control a Central Pivot
Version control is used as a central pivot these days rather than just being a tool that is used by software developers to manage their code. Version control repositories are essentially deployed across organizations for all kinds of digital assets along with built artifacts. This feature is acknowledged and welcomed by non-development teams because it allows the various project assets such as artwork, diagrams, CAD drawings, web development contents and others to be utilized and included with the code.
Versioning artifacts and production environment configuration are two essential features for a successful DevOps practice. However, the point to be noted is that tools, including some of the well-known version control systems, are only designed to support codes and not any other assets.
Distributed Control Vs Centralized Control
Distributed control as compared to a centralized control can become problematic for both the developers as well as the organization. Developers who prefer to work solely without any interference from other IT colleagues or people from the management, demand a distributed control. While the IT management prefers having a centralized control as with a distributed control system, they will not be able to control or supervise the work that is being done by the software developer.
Distributed version control systems (DVCS) provides the much-needed independent network to developers which helps in eliminating the need to work with a common network. Having said that, centralized systems are still very popular, especially in large corporations, where control, security and traceability are the core elements for the management to keep in check.
In this tug of war between distributed and centralized control systems, the hybrid version control systems provide a reasonable solution that can be acceptable to all. But, the most important aspect of hybrid version control system like it is for any other control system is user acceptability. It is essential to choose tools that support multiple types of files and user, ranging from an expert software developer to an amateur. Moreover, the tools must be user-friendly and should also provide adequate support to the organization rather than leaving the company to rectify basic and advanced issues on their own. Lastly, it must offer the necessary security and scalability for software development which is vital because of the unpredictable nature of it.
If the culture, processes, support, security and tools are in a place of any organization then it can be safely said that the modern software development trends can positively add value to the bottom-line success of any organization such as BMS Global Network.