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Technologies Become Obsolete. How Can Mapperidea Help in the Process of Technology Change.

Clóvis Wichoski
June 22, 2020
Tecnologias obsoletas
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Technologies come and go at a considerable speed. Research conducted by the Towards Data Science Institute reveals it by showing how many times a programming language showed up among the topics made by developers in Stack Overflow between the years 2009 and 2020.

The results revealed that the majority of the languages (C# and Java for instance) had a peak in mentioning at some point, but then rapidly dropped. This is evidence that there was a quick disinterest in a short period.

This probably happened because they became obsolete and fell out of use to many programmers. After all, if fewer people make use of them, few questions and debates about them arise.

This is a common scenario in the universe of software development. But today there are alternatives that reduce frequent problems.

In this article, we will talk about how Mapperidea can help in this sense, besides tackling what happens lately and the hardships faced by developers. Keep on reading and find out!

Why is a technology chosen?

Currently, the choice of a technology needs to be based on three pillars: functionalities, compatibility and budget. These three points need to be well studied before starting the project. After all, a well-made planning prevents eventual half-way changes which could generate repeated work for the team of programmers.

First, about the functionalities, the programming language of choice must fulfill the needs of the application. That is, the developer must wholly translate all of his ideas (or at least as much as possible) from what was picked.

Afterwards, some thought must be put into the compatibility of technologies, bringing some questions up such as:

  • Will the application perform well on the requested platforms?

  • Will it be feasible to integrate the results with other technologies?

Finally, all of these aspects must be observed in contrast to the budget. Indeed, a programming tool might be perfect for a specific goal, but it may demand too much time from the developer, making the project more expensive.

Problems faced by the developer

However, even after an astounding planning, the programmers are faced with some common difficulties. The reason is that, after the release, it is necessary to make maintenance, updates and various other tweaks that may make the job hard in the future.

One of the factors that demonstrates this issue is that it is difficult to know how much time a given technology will stay around. Thence, in a couple of years the development team may need to modify and not find the appropriate support, an engaged community, etc.

Therefore, in some cases it is necessary to even migrate the project to some other programming language. But this change to a better or more modern programming language most of the time is very complex. Thus, it’s something that may be very time-consuming for professionals, in addition to demanding a high budget.

This scenario is even worse when the team isn’t familiar with a specific technology and must learn more about it. When this happens, it is necessary to invest in courses and skill-development programs which teach the topic. But, as mentioned in the beginning of the text, it is common for the programming languages to get obsolete quickly.

That way, this investment ends up being constant because the developer needs to learn about something right now and, in a short amount of time, study about another novelty. As consequence, it is necessary to spend more time and money periodically.

How can Mapperidea help the developer?

Mapperidea works with the new technology DeepCode, in which the developer focuses solely on the programming logic, without thinking of some specific language. This happens because all the application is made through mental maps, where the professional connects the processes and shapes the software without writing code lines.

Due to this, the programmer does not need to worry about the future of some technology. After all, should some changes become necessary, it is enough to alter the mental map and quickly export what was made to the desired language.

That way, the developer has its job made easier twice. In case the technology still exists, but presents the aforementioned issues, it is possible to modify the mental map. If it is needed to migrate to some novelty, the process is the same.

With these easy processes, the developer doesn’t need to worry about the possibility of obsolescence while using Mapperidea. Because his structure will always remain, being able to export codes to older or newer programming languages in a fast and easy way.

Furthermore, the developer won’t need to invest in courses in very short periods of time. After all, he will work with the production of ideas in Mapperidea, thinking only about the programming logic, having the language as a background.

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Clóvis Wichoski

Clóvis Wichoski

CEO Mapperidea
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