The economic recession and the resulting need to cut costs, the growth in demand for Web 2.0 applications, the advent of the cloud, and the rise in smartphones are all fundamentally changing the approach to application development. For developers, that means focusing on “push instead of pull, touch instead of point-and-click, and new types of technology such as Cocoa and HTML5 with next-generation interfaces,” writes TechNewsWorld.
In addition, developers are beginning to feel pressure to structure their apps so that they use fewer resources. “You will have to write apps in such a way that their access to data is minimized,” predicts IDC’s Al Hilwa. “You’ll need elastic scale for application development in the cloud. As an application’s demand for resources increases, the infrastructure should be able to be provisioned quickly and dynamically to accommodate this demand.”
Developers also need new data models for this new world?hence the growth in “schema-less,” non-SQL databases.