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Software development trends: Top tools and methodologies

Sarah Schlothauer
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No one can accurately predict where software development is headed, but we can make some educated guesses using trends and data. Let’s see what 2020 looks like and where we might be headed in terms of remote work, tools, tech, and agile methodologies.

A new report published by CodingSans, a full-stack JavaScript development company, examines the state of software development in 2020. Over 700 people responded to the call, lending their answers about software development, including what challenges they face, wich tools and methodologies they are using, and much more.

No one can accurately predict where software development is headed, but we can make some educated guesses using trends and data. Let’s see what 2020 looks like and where we might be headed from here.

Have a look at the Software Development Trends of 2020.

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Top tools

According to the responses CodingSans received, here are the most commonly used software development tools, tech, and strategies:

5 Agile methodologies

  1. Scrum meetings
  2. Kanban boards
  3. Agile modeling
  4. Lean software development
  5. Extreme programming (XP)

Top 5 primary programming languages

  1. JavaScript
  2. Java
  3. TypeScript
  4. Python
  5. C#

Testing 5 tools

  1. Jest
  2. Selenium
  3. JUnit
  4. Mocha
  5. Pytest

Project management tools

  1. Jira
  2. Trello
  3. GitHub Projects
  4. GitHub Projects
  5. Azure Boards

Top 5 IDEs

  1. VSCode
  2. Visual Studio
  3. IntelliJ IDEA
  4. Sublime Text
  5. Eclipse

Communication tools

  1. Slack
  2. Email
  3. Jira
  4. MS Teams
  5. Google Hangouts

Top 5 used version control systems

  1. GitHub
  2. BitBucket
  3. GitLab
  4. GitLab self-hosted
  5. GitBucket Server

Facing challenges

Of course, no two software development teams face exactly the same issues, but there are some trends. When asked about software development trends, the most common answer was “capacity”.

The number two most commonly reported issue was “sharing knowledge”. This may be one of the reasons why agile methodology is becoming more popular among developers, as 24% of devs agreed that this is an issue for them. Coding Sans also recommends utilizing pair programming and code reviews to conquer this hurdle.

When it comes to software delivery, the most commonly faced issue is unrealistic expectations between managers and developers. Top-performing developers also struggle with a lack of clearly defined variables when working on a project. Clearer communication and understanding what limitations exist would benefit both developers and managers to arrive at better software development.

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Remote work continues to rise

There’s no ignoring the rise in remote work anymore, even without the current social distancing landscape. More and more developers are working remotely, which in turn means it is advisable for companies to offer it in order to attract the best talent.

According to the survey, 76% of companies currently allow remote work. In the next 12 months, 14% said they will allow work from home. Compared to just a few years ago, this number has grown and will likely continue to do so.

Despite this high percentage of companies offering remote work, in-person meetings were still ranked as the number one communication method.

Overall, developers enjoy remote work for a multitude of reasons. Recently, a survey from GitLab asked 3,000 developers who worked remotely about their experience. 90% of remote workers would recommend the experience and 52% saw increased productivity.

Sarah Schlothauer

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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