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The Evolution of Software Development Part Three

Episode 101

In the previous part of this article, we continued a journey through important milestones in the history of software development through the eighties and nineties, including non-obvious influences of Gamers and Hackers, Version Control, Open Source, Common Runtime Environments, Virtual Machines, Agile, DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Automated Tests.


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In this part, we will mostly explore what happened in the last twenty years, but as usually some of the concepts can be traced back to earlier times. As previously, we will be interested not only in pure technology but also methodologies and organizational ideas.

Extreme Programming and Software Craftsmanship

Prominent methodologies within Agile software development like Scrum or Kanban, provided some organizational guidelines over the process, which while very useful, is not very specific on the technical side. While navigating various simple and complex organizational ideas at the top, the industry was seeking a decent codification of good engineering practices at the bottom. One such approach was Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 13, 2020 in History, Technology


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The Evolution of Software Development Part Two

Episode 100

And here we are, dear reader, six years and one hundred episodes later. The idea and form of this blog did evolve a bit over the years, from being a diary of a project through a collection of book reviews, conference reports, introductions to various IT technologies and concepts, article series on Spring, AWS, and web API design. There was digging up in history, a little bit on hardware, a little bit on people, and a little bit on dragons. There is not so much Java here anymore, so in the retrospective, one might think that the blog name is not exactly adequate. We all have our roots and backgrounds though and I’m kind of a sentimental person.


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We are also in the middle of another journey here. In the first part of this article, we traced the early history of significant milestones in the evolution of software development, starting with early achievement in computer science and first hardware through Assembler, recognition of Software Engineering, Compilers, Unified Hardware Architectures, Object-Oriented Languages, Design Patterns, Personal Computers, IDEs and finally The Internet and WEB APIs. We assessed how all that created and shaped the IT industry through the decades. In this part, we will catch up with the timeline somewhere between the eighties and the nineties and traverse towards a new millennium. Software development as an engineering discipline has changed a lot over this time as well. Several key phenomena fuelled those changes, and we are going to explore them right now.

Gamers and Hackers

Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of stimulating the growth of software development is computer games. Many people are not aware, that the computer games industry nowadays is worth over twice the film and music industry combined (154B vs 41B + 19B in 2018) and is growing at a 10% yearly rate. This has several consequences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 5, 2020 in History, Technology


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The Evolution of Software Development Part One

Episode 99

In the previous episode, we were discovering a history of cloud computing. Today we are going to continue with a historical theme and take a closer look at how software development changed over time. The art of software development is well over 70 years old now. Comparing with classic engineering disciplines, like building bridges or roads, one could say that it is still an infancy stage. The pace and extent of changes it had undergone are astonishing though. Numerous sources are focusing on the history of computers, programming languages, and software architectures, but in this series of articles, we will focus on how the craft of creating the software itself evolved and analyze a number of ideas and breakthroughs that had left the most significant imprints on it.


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Software development evolution is of course woven in computers, programming languages, and architecture evolution but it is much more. Numerous tools, techniques, movements, processes, and practices accompany it. Everything for the sake of efficiency and being able to deliver value faster and more reliable in the ever-growing complexity of modern technological stacks. The value itself evolved with growing possibilities as well.

Early Theory and Practice

Any tale related to the history of software would be incomplete without mentioning Ada Lovelace, widely recognized as the first programmer, well before any computers were physically built. She is famous for her theoretical work on general-purpose calculations on Charles Babbage Analytical engine in the 1840s. The machine itself was not constructed until Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 22, 2020 in Technology


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