DevOps: Is it here to Stay?

With the Agile methodology closing on its third decade of use, one of its offshoots – DevOps – is transitioning from the latest technology buzzword to an IT industry standard. The raw numbers reveal the growing popularity of the software development framework – slash – organizational structure. A recent study noted 74 percent of businesses now make some form of DevOps investment.

Does this increase in adoption in the business world mean DevOps is finally here to stay? Will it continue to grow in demand, or is another methodology just around the corner? Leverage these insights to drive your own decisions on the right framework for your software shop.

Why are Companies moving to DevOps

A recent “State of DevOps” study, highlighted in Information Week, reported that companies with successful DevOps implementations are able to deploy code – new features and bug fixes – 30 times faster than before. Considering the competitive business environment in this era of social media, organizations choose DevOps simply to keep up with the other firms in their sector. Another notable advantage is the 50 percent lower fail rate on deployments!

Less downtime leads to higher productivity, allowing companies to set a more aggressive timeline on their projects. Improved collaboration and communication among your stuff also serves to boost employee morale, leading to higher retention and lower HR costs.

The Demand for Experienced DevOps Engineers Grows

Another key indicator of continued maturity of DevOps is the high demand for engineers experienced in the practice. The average salary for these IT professionals is now over $100,000 according to Glassdoor. The staffing website, Indeed notes the DevOps engineer is the hardest role for companies to keep filled.

Expect this trend to continue, as more companies transition to a DevOps model, and require experienced professionals to help achieve a good return on their investment. Even as more processes become automated in DevOps, the demand for talented software development, network engineers, or a mix of the two won’t be going away.

DevOps Tools – and the Cloud – also becoming more Popular

The emerging popularity of DevOps is essentially matching the increase in Cloud usage at businesses. Companies leverage Cloud-based development environments using tools like Docker and Chef to lower costs and make processes work more efficiently. The latter remains one of the reasons organizations are able to increase deployment speed by 30 times, as noted earlier.

Tech industry analysts predict Cloud investment at businesses is expected grow for at least the next decade. In most cases, these organizations will continue to leverage a DevOps model to get the most out of their Cloud implementation. It is therefore reasonable to assume DevOps will continue to cement itself as the standard when it comes to the organizational structure in the IT world.

Striving for more efficiency in a competitive business environment made companies explore DevOps in the first place and will keep it as an important tool in the arsenal of the top software development organizations in the industry. This undoubtedly means DevOps is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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An Overview of React.js

React – better known as React.js – is a JavaScript library used in many modern web applications. It facilitates the building of responsive user interfaces, able to perform well in highly scalable environments. The library’s functionality combined with its relative ease of use has led to a massive growth in popularity among developers over the last few years.

We’re going to provide a high-level overview of React.js to see if it makes sense on your own company’s web development projects. Expect additional articles on the topic in the future, including a look at React for mobile – React Native.

A Short History of React.js

Jordan Walke, an engineer at Facebook, first developed the React framework in 2011. After getting used on the social network’s news feed, the company then implemented it on its Instagram network the following year. The framework became open source in 2013 at JSConf US, a JavaScript user conference.

The previously mentioned React Native first became available in 2015. In addition to supporting the Android and iOS mobile platforms, this framework also works with Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP).

Earlier this year, Facebook announced plans to re-architect React into a new framework, known as React Fiber. While currently used in places on the social network, Fiber is expected to be publicly available by the end of the year. It promises a performance boost in addition to backwards compatibility.

A Closer Look at React.js’s Major Features

The original need for React.js involved creating a library suitable for responsive, data-driven web applications that are highly scalable. Considering the massive user base and resultant throughput of Facebook, it makes sense React saw its genesis at that social network.

The framework lets developers create component-based structures able to manage their own state. When combined with the virtual DOM (the HTML Document Object Model) and support for one-way dataflow, this makes it easier to build data-driven user interfaces for a scalable environment. React is able to seamlessly manage the user interface; only rendering those components with changed data.

React is essentially agnostic when it comes to an application’s chosen technology stack. This facilitates using the framework in one small part of an existing web application without affecting the rest of its architecture. If your organization is curious about React.js, taking this approach is a great way to learn the library before implementing it across the entire application.

JSX, a markup language somewhat similar to XML or HTML, is the primary means for defining user interface components in React.js. Since it is optional, programmers can still use raw JavaScript to achieve the same result, but JSX code is more concise and readable. It is also easy to access the component’s state and thus rendering its display whenever this underlying state changes.

While this overview only scratches the surface of what’s possible with React.js, leverage these insights to better determine whether the framework makes sense as part of your organization’s web development toolbox. If you are in the business of building extremely responsive web apps that are highly scalable, React probably belongs in your stack.

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News from the World of Software Development – 2017

Welcome to this month’s look at a few recent stories from the software development world that hopefully pique your interest. If you want to check out last month’s news digest, simply click on the following link. Leverage any insights found in the current digest to help you and your team deliver applications more quickly and with fewer errors. Good luck!

The Crowdsourced Software Testing Market continues to Grow

The market for crowdsourced QA and software testing services remains on the upswing, according to a July article in WhaTech. Last month’s Betica blog post covered the concept in brief; looking at how Applause, a company championing crowdtesting, calls upon upwards of 300,000 testers for a variety of projects. The WhaTech article also noted the emerging popularity of services similar to those provided by Applause as a key driver of this nascent market’s growth.

The QA services market study by ReportsWeb referenced in the article predicts an annual growth rate of over 10 percent through the end of this decade. Companies are largely using crowdsourced testing to derive real-time opinions on product development, overall software quality, and verifying the efficacy of developers’ bug fixing efforts.

In addition to crowdsourced testing, the QA services market is also seeing a growth in testing companies focused on a specific industry. These companies are better able to serve verticals due to their experience in the specific domain. The article noted Infosys’s testing service offerings aimed at specialized business sectors, including finance, healthcare, insurance, and retail.

Still, a vast majority – 88 percent – of the current software testing services market performs application testing across a variety of platforms and business sectors. Offerings focused on verticals, like those provided by Infosys, are expected to become more prevalent over the next few years. The financial services industry holds the highest share of this vertical-oriented testing market at 34 percent.

Click on the following link if you are interested in reviewing the ReportsWeb study from the article.

Using Mindfulness to improve Software Development

The benefits of meditation and mindfulness are numerous, with lower stress levels and an improved ability to focus being only two notable examples. What if using mindfulness techniques could actually lead to writing better software? That is the concept of an article by Anne Krog Iversen published this week in SD Times.

Iversen feels that mindfulness helps keep “brainpower in a positive flow” which leads to staying focused on the programming task at hand. She notes the practice also boosts a software engineer’s emotional intelligence, which keeps their morale and ability to collaborate at their highest. These are important things in an era where Agile and DevOps are so popular throughout the software development world.

She recommends taking at least 15 minutes each day for an in-office meditation session; being sure to find a nice quiet place for the practice. Taking a minute of silence before each meeting is another good idea to ensure everyone stays focused and attentive. Of course, that latter tip essentially contradicts the improv session advice from last week’s article on improving Agile standup meetings.

Ultimately, finding any means to foster productivity is a worthy goal. “For a software developer, having a clear, balanced and focused mind can be a tremendous asset while striving to produce high-quality software and aiming to balance work with life,” said Iversen.

Stay tuned to the Betica Blog for additional insights from the software development world. Thanks for reading!