11 predictions for the future of programming

Our coding crystal ball clues you into the twists and turns your programming career may take in the years ahead

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These are only a few of the big questions for developers in the years ahead. Software architects need to anticipate these issues during design. They need to think of questions around privacy and the law before any code is written. If they don’t, there’s a good chance the company will get blindsided by these issues later -- conceivably at massive scale.

Moreover, code itself is a version of law. Programmers define what software can and can’t do. When we write code, we are in effect defining the freedoms and limitations of one little corner of the world.

Containers will rule

In theory, we shouldn’t need containers. Your executable should simply run, and the operating system should manage permissions and scheduling so that all the executables get along. Alas, that dream is receding faster than ever. Fewer and fewer executables live alone. Many need differing versions of various libraries or other special accommodations. Even “run anywhere” technologies like Java get into trouble because there are so many different versions of the virtual machine.

Good VMs can fix this, but they’re fat. Containers are skinny and lightweight. They’re easy to use and thus impossible not to love. We will see more and more containers at all levels of the enterprise, and it’s hard to resist their charms.

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