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December 29, 2016

#ThrowBack: Programming Trends in 2016

2016 has been quite a roller-coaster ride for the tech industry. Some things evolved where some got obsolete. For programming, many new trends were introduced, and since we have so many developers in our Aplós ship, it was mandatory of us to know these advancements. Here are the top programming trends of this year! A read for the geeks!



The usage of Backend as a Service (BaaS) witnessed a rapid growth this year. BaaS is a practice of using third-party services to perform certain repetitive tasks like cloud storage and push notifications. These services automate the tedium process of repeating those tasks and create an air of ease for the programmers so they can do what they do best. The Backend API game is gaining momentum because the front-end frameworks are transforming to become more interactive with these services. A new technique became a trend this year, and it’s called Composition. In Composition, several small applications build a whole system, and the applications are provided by the third party.


Functional Programming Languages

Functional Programming Languages like Haskell, Clojure and Scala became a hot trend in 2016 as well. As the tech world is growing day by day and there has been a rapid growth in the app development sector, these server-side languages came with a helping hand so that responsive websites, apps, and systems can be used without any hassle. These languages can be efficiently run in parallel across different CPU cores or machines, without needing complex synchronization.


Management and Deployment

Did you know about Docker and Packer before 2016? We bet you didn’t! They became the darling for several backend teams this year because these services enable the programmers to replicate all the containers (machine images) quickly and that too with a bundled piece of software runtime. System tools, libraries, etc. can be operated in any environment. These pre-built version controls allow the programmings to deploy any versions of the latest server and developers can enjoy making a lightweight prototype in a cool environment. Server provision is a tricky job, so if these services are automating it, it’s a gift!


Visual Design Front

Visual Design Front had some things got more interesting. A good number of material design elements in the whole portfolio systems like Chrome OS, Android and applications like Google Drive, Google Play Music and the websites like YouTube and Adsense were incorporated. Even the web search had a taste of these updates. Material design aspects in apps like Slack, Twitter, Spotify, Airbnb and Wikipedia can also be seen. Other platforms like iOS, Tizen Windows, and Mac OS (of course!) didn’t experience these developments. Ubuntu wasn’t too shy, so there are a few in it. Developers were all stylish this year so many visual tweaks were made as well.



JavaScript is the king of client side languages, and it was gifted with a new version back in 2015 commonly known as ECMAScript 2015 or ES6. Major browsers and the open-source runtime Node.js are now more than 90 percent ES6-compliant. The industry quickly adopted this new update in JavaScript, and a big number of companies shifted to ES6. But the legacy issues stopped a few companies from taking this advancement unlike Google and Airbnb because they are enforcing ES6 syntax in their internal style guides (they love the updates). Tools like transpilers and polyfills came handy in this situation, and they helped to convert the modern ES6 code to the older syntax


All the programmers around the globe were ecstatic to have their fair share of upgrades, and they are looking forward to witness some new programming trends in 2017 as well. Happy New Year!




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