We’ll be honest - we wanted to publish a piece on 2022 trends in software development at the start of the year. But before we knew it, it was March. Our marketing department was Not Pleased about the delay, but it did allow us to see whether our initial predictions bore out.
Now, at the halfway point of the year, we spoke to our CTO Rupert Redington about his observations and his predictions for the rest of the year and beyond.
Here we go!
As demand for IT specialists continues to be high, organisations are increasingly interested in retaining the staff they already have - and thinking of original ways to attract new talent. One of those ways is to ensure developers have access to modern tech - that is, access to tools and platforms that they want to work with, for professional development as well as personal enjoyment. So expect to see more and more organisations updating their stack.
This query language has come a long way from its inception as an internal project at Facebook to a widely supported standard with a clear suite of benefits and tradeoffs. Amazing pace of iteration, alongside great developer experience and outreach from companies and projects like Apollo are speeding up adoption. Expect to see many more job descriptions asking for GraphQL experience and growing interest from the IT community as they adapt to this requirement.
Why do we say this? For the most part because the new breed of web frameworks are solving real problems, fast. The rift between Single Page App enthusiasts and Web Standards proponents is starting to heal a little as tools like Remix.run provide the support developers need to enjoy React while building accessible, progressively-enhanced sites. The other factor which will accelerate this change is increased focus on front-end performance engineering. Everyone wants sites which are faster, greener and more searchable, and the tools to measure progress against this (such as Lighthouse) are both mature and widely available.
Wait, what? Okay, here’s what we mean by this: retailers have been making increasing use of multiple channels for a while, and that’s been driving them to expose their ecommerce functions as APIs which can be reused across those channels. Meanwhile, their front-end engineering teams are demanding more modern APIs to work against so that they can achieve the freedom and performance they want. With Shopify offering a GraphQL API for a while now, and a host of newcomers (we have our eye on Saleor) specialising in API-only offerings, a number of big platforms will have to follow suit and introduce API support for custom storefronts, or modernise the APIs they already provide.
Rupert, ever modest, is keen to stress these predictions are inherently unreliable. But with over 20 years of hands-on software development experience under his belt and as our resident technology navigator, we think he knows a thing or two about this.
What do you think about our predictions? We’re always keen to hear from other developers and have a constructive conversation about technology - so find us on LinkedIn and leave your comments!