Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New ThoughtWorks Technology Radar out today

Four trends are identified in the Thoughtworks strategic IT report called Technology Radar published twice a year. The most important one for me is the one concerning JavaScript technologies and the challenge it brings for understanding. That is the reason that I'm developing my new course, JavaScript Powered Web Apps focusing on the language's application to building client-side logic for web pages and developing more with the browser. And it's been challenging without the guidance of book authors and coordinating corporations.
Here's the full excerpt on JavaScript:
Churn in the JavaScript World — We thought the rate of change in the Ruby open source space was rapid until the full rush of JavaScript frameworks arrived. JavaScript used to be a condiment technology, always used to augment other technologies. It has kept that role but expanded into its own platform with a staggering rate of change. Trying to understand the breadth of this space is daunting, and innovation is rampant. Like the Java and Ruby open source spaces, we hope it will eventually calm to at least a deluge.
The other three trends were 
  • Microservices and the Rise of the API (also somewhat aligned with the JavaScript trends), 
  • Conway's Law ("organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations") and
  • Re-decentralization 

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