As a developer, you likely spend a lot of time working with code and other files on your computer. To make your life easier, there are several different automation tools available that can help you automate various tasks.

If you frequently work with the same set of files, for instance, you can use an automation tool to have those files open for you each time your development environment launches. Or, if you often need to run the same set of commands in your terminal, you can use an automation tool to create a shortcut for those commands.

Two of the most popular automation tools are Ansible and Vagrant. Ansible is a configuration management tool that can be used to automate various tasks, such as provisioning and maintaining servers. Vagrant is a tool that can be used to create and manage virtual development environments.

Both Ansible and Vagrant have their strengths and weaknesses. Ansible is typically more complex to learn than Vagrant, but it can be more powerful once you get the hang of it. Vagrant is generally simpler to use than Ansible, but it doesn’t have as many features.

So which automation tool should you use? In this article, we’ll compare Ansible vs. Vagrant and explore the main differences between them. We’ll also discuss when you might want to use each tool for your projects.

Written by: Prashant Thomas

A software development job is one of the most preferred jobs in the world now. There has always been a demand for good software developers. This demand significantly increased with the advent of powerful technologies with massive potential such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI).

The software development industry is also constantly evolving owing to various technological advancements. A widely used technology or methodology can fade away in no time when a different, better alternative introduces itself. The introduction of Agile almost made Waterfall development methodology. New software development startups adopt Agile methodology for faster product delivery without compromising quality. Agile development services are all the rage now.

2019 will bring about even more changes to software development which makes it important for businesses to stay up-to-date on the latest trends to remain competent.

Here are a few software development trends that will turn heads in 2019.
 

Blockchain domination

 
A powerful technology expected to revolutionize almost every major industry in the world, blockchain is already considered a good investment for future-proofing businesses and augmenting business security. The concept of a distributed ledger technology without any need for central repositories, intermediaries or middleware was seen as something out of a science-fiction movie…until blockchain started gaining great momentum.

Demand for Blockchain-based applications and services are already gaining demand now. Next year, we will witness more investments in blockchain and even more demand for blockchain application development expertise.
 

More low-code development

 
Low-code development has been around for a while but hasn’t gained a lot of traction owing to the presence of more preferred, more familiar development techniques. But lately many businesses have started exploring the potential of low-code development in developing and deploying enterprise-grade solutions. Siemens recently acquired a low-code development company called Mendix for $730 million.

Next year, we will see low-code development gaining more momentum as a potentially beneficial software development trend. Low-code development also doesn’t require much expertise in coding which makes it even more appealing in an age where great coding expertise is quite expensive.
 

Cybersecurity

 
A number of organizations including ones that relied on cloud computing reported security incidents this year. Avoiding data breaches and leakage has become top priority for many organizations particularly the cloud-dependent ones. As more threats to data privacy emerge, cybersecurity is forced to evolve beyond its present limits to combat them. Software is looked at to trigger this evolution or complement it. In 2019, there will likely be a software development boom focused on cybersecurity.
 

Artificial Intelligence

 
To compete in dynamically changing market conditions, it’s important for businesses to devise a strategy to trigger proper digital transformation. And no technology today is as effective as Artificial Intelligence (AI) when it comes to digital transformation of enterprises.

Gartner estimates that the AI industry will generate a revenue of over $1 trillion by the end of 2018. It’s been a hot trend this year, and in 2019 we will see AI dominating even more aggressively. Artificial Intelligence application development is already a highly valued skill.
 

Conclusion

 
Software development has started to demand something more than great coding skills. It evidently requires more effort from developers to figure out how to wield new-gen technologies better to build powerful software that will give businesses an edge in changing market conditions amidst rapid technological advancements. The impending evolution of software development industry due to new trends next year will also be impacting how software testing is done. We are heading for a lot of surprises next year, and it’s never too late to prepare for it in advance.

Written by: Ratheesh V S