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AskDEV: What are your predictions for software development for the 2020 decade?

kovah profile image Kevin Woblick ・2 min read

With the end of 2019 closing the 2010 decade, it's time to think about the future decade: 2020. A lot has changed for me in my development career in the past 10 years, or even the past 5 years. Now I am looking forward, and I am excited about the years to come.

What are your top predictions for the next 10 years in the field of software development?

I find it super exciting to think about the possibilities, maybe also wishes, and what of all them could become true. Also, it's very interesting to look back when we are in 2030 and find out which predictions actually became true.


My Predictions

Programming Languages

In the next years, typed languages will continue to raise and take over where non-type languages are currently the standard. It becomes more and more clear, that types make a language more stable and squash bugs before running the code for the first time. Typescript, for instance, will become the status quo for JavaScript programming.

Many old languages will die, with newer languages like Go and Rust taking over the fields. Python becomes the most important language worldwide.

Writing Code

AI-powered tools will not replace the humble programmer, but assist him with writing code. The tools are available in your IDE and suggest common solutions for your problems. Also, static analysis and similar tools will become even more powerful with the help of AI.

Containerization

Docker was basically the big thing in the 2010 decade. It changed my development workflow completely. Usage of container products like Docker and Kubernetes will continue to raise and become the new standard for software development instead of locally installed tools on the developers machine.

I can imagine a new powerful competitor will raise to replace the current solutions.

Web Hosting

Website builders like Wix and Squarespace, and containerization with Docker will replace shared hosting. Admin panels like Plesk and cPanel will become niche products. People build their own websites with said tools, or buy virtual servers with Wordpress or other tools pre-installed, instead of using shared hosting.

VPS, or servers in general, will become even cheaper. Servers like the now standard $5 droplet from Digitalocean will cost not more than $1 by the end of the decade.

Hopefully, hosting with data centers powered by renewable resources will become the standard.


That's it. If you are interested in more predictions like the internet in general or gaming, visit my blog post.

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Kevin Woblick

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Full Stack Dev & DevOps Manager @ Taikonauten | Creator of Game-Quotes.com, LinkAce and InvoicePlane. Sponsor me on Github: github.com/sponsors/kovah

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