A new year means new technology/programming advancements. If you’re in the tech industry, it is essential to know what to expect this coming year so you can set your team up for success.

1. Breakthrough for Rust 

Rust is a less well-known programing language focused on safety and safe concurrency. It’s syntactically similar to C++. Still, a key difference is that it is designed to provide stronger and better memory safety while at the same time maintaining a high level of performance integrity. It has proven itself to be an excellent programming language with a vibrant and active community. Rust has been around for several years, but it still hasn’t quite broken through to the realm of mainstream programming languages. 2020 might be the year we see that take place with the intention of more schools, including Rust, in their curriculum, creating a new wave of committed and engaged Rust engineers. Big names like Facebook’s Libra is already being built on Rust, so we will soon see Rust put to the test.  

2. Continued Success for JavaScript

While JavaScript has been around for a long time, there’s a good reason why it has remained one of the most popular programming languages. Recent years have seen a massive spike of JavaScript growth, and it’s unlikely to slow down for 2020. Almost all websites leverage JavaScript to some degree. It is the heart of any big tech company, from Netflix to Facebook, Google, and more. It is as legitimate and as influential as any other programming language, in part because of all the innovation that has been built by the JavaScript community.

3. Further Growth forGraphQLAdoption 

Apps continue to grow in popularity and complexity, fueling our skyrocketing data consumption needs. GraphQL is an amazing solution for fetching data, especially when compared with the traditional REST API, which requires loading from multiple URLs. GraphQL APIs get all the data your app needs in a single request. It is leveraged by teams of all sizes in many different environments and languages to power mobile apps, websites, and APIs alike. 

4. Recognition for Progressive Web Apps

PWA is a new approach to build apps by combining some of the best features of the web with the top qualities of mobile apps. Once more big companies start to realize that they can repurpose their web developers to make progressive web applications, the possibilities are endless. However, it will take time for companies to steer the ship in a new direction, so first comes recognition of a new opportunity. Then will come the planning required around how to leverage this new cross-functional programming strategy. 

5. Web Assembly Stepping into the Spotlight

Wasm is a binary instruction format built for stack-based virtual machines. It is designed as a portable target for compilation of high-level languages like C, C++, and Rust (see item 1 above). Wasm also enables deployment on the web for both client and server applications, as well as PWAs (see item 4 above). That flexibility is uniquely positioned to bring Web Assembly into the forefront as it is the bridge between JavaScript technologies and more level technologies.  

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