What 2020 Holds for Developers from Docker

For those of you that follow Your’s Truly Rich Tehrani on Linked In, you saw us congratulate Scott Johnson two weeks ago on becoming the new Docker CEO and for getting a $35 million dollar investment.

The money was specifically earmarked to “Advance developer workflows for modern applications.”

Furthering this mission to become the essential resource for the modern developer – Scott has some predictions about the future and what it will hold for developers.

The Changing Definition of a Modern Application Today’s applications are more complex than those of yesterday. In 2020, modern apps will power tomorrow’s innovation and this requires a diverse set of tools, languages and frameworks for developers. Developers need even more flexibility to address this new wave of modern apps and evolve with the rest of the industry.

Containers Pave the Way to New Application Trends — Now that containers are typically considered a common deployment mechanism, the conversation will evolve from the packaging of individual containers to the packaging of the entire application (which are becoming increasingly diverse and distributed). Organizations will increasingly look for guidance and solutions that help them unify how they build and manage their entire application portfolio no matter the environment (on-premise, hybrid/multi-cloud, edge, etc.)

Closing the Developer Skills Gap in 2020 — Software developer has been one of the hottest job roles of the past few years but the demand for new technologies and advanced skills pose challenges (e.g. the need to know emerging trends such as serverless apps and staying up to date on open source tools). Plus, demand still outweighs supply. The key to closing this gap is a customized developer experience, built on a foundation of flexibility, decision-making power, and challenges through problem-solving.

Existing code and apps become new again — Developers will find new ways to reuse existing code instead of reinventing the wheel to start from scratch. Additionally, we’ll see companies extend the value to existing apps by adding more functionality via microservices.

We generally agree with all of the above and would add citizen developer to the list. There are a slew of new tools allowing the common office worker to be able to code as well as have access to AL and ML tools.

This is commonly referred to as the Future of Work.

There will likely be a need for real developers to work with “citizens” meaning this will likely be a new area of growth for the developer community.

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