Custom Software Development - 2023 Year in Review

As this year draws to a close, we offer a review of the technology trends from the past year, and how they have influenced the custom software development landscape.

2023 has been an exciting year for software development.  Artificial Intelligence / AI has become a household name and is being used in a variety of business and consume applications.  Software development frameworks continue to advance and improve developer productivity.  Content Management Systems improve in their ability to streamline content development and create rich, interactive, personalized user experiences.  And automated AI-based Application Testing has become mainstream and is improving the quality and security of systems.


Artificial Intelligence

Leading the way in innovation has been the unprecedented advancement in AI technology.  While developer access to OpenAI’s platform has been available for several years, consumer use of AI has become mainstream and is resulting in a tidal wave of new applications.  Both Microsoft and Google have integrated AI into their search engines and systems, and AI is a standard feature in most applications, including email, software development IDE’s, recommendations / personalization, advertisement, predictive scheduling, safety and preventive maintenance, testing, and security.  There is hardly an industry or application that has not been affected by AI.

Of course, the challenge for any business is leveraging AI effectively.  AI requires well-organized data in order to assist in decision making.  For most businesses, this necessitates a line-of-business system that organizes business processes and properly directs operations.  Our team has helped a variety of companies to bridge this gap by implementing flexible, custom line-of-business systems to organize operations and gather real-time data that drives predictive analytics and reporting.

Software Development Frameworks

The next exciting area of innovation has been in software development frameworks.  React continues to prove itself as a popular web development framework, by providing a state-drive event system and promoting functional programming, with Next.js as an excellent companion for server-side rendering.  A new framework named Svelte.js is gaining widespread use thanks to its innovative syntax and performance-tuned compiler.  And jsHarmony continues to expand its application development framework, with a scripted testing system and database object generation.

Advances in software development tools have also resulted in improved application quality and reduced development time.  Advanced linting and static analysis tests help to detect bugs before the applications are deployed, and tools such as GitHub Copilot continue to improve in their autocomplete / code suggestions for application development.

Content Management

Exciting advances have also continued in Content Management Systems, in providing a streamlined content development experience.  In-page editing has enabled editors and publishers to design their content in exactly the way their end-users will experience it.  Although one of the challenges in maintaining an enterprise site is in providing effective “guard-rails” that enforce design guidelines in the editing process, the jsHarmony CMS has offered an innovative solution through its component system, whereby each site can have custom components design specifically for the editing workflow.

In eCommerce, A/B testing has become commonplace in enabling iterative, agile improvement to the user experience and conversion rate, while personalization and AI recommendations provide users with the products and content that are most relevant to them, optimizing the customer journey.

AI-based Application Testing

Finally, AI-based application testing and testing intelligence has taken software quality assurance by storm.  AI-based testing has expanded to not just end-to-end testing, but also security testing and code analysis.  Whereas older platforms would brute-force every possible API endpoint, modern testing systems have expanded to emulate user interactions to discover both API and user interface concerns.  Security testing has advanced, not just in application scanning, but in automated code analysis with Github CodeQL.  Linting and static analysis tools have also kept pace, enabling better code standardization and detection of potential bugs using artificial intelligence.


The tidal wave of innovation in 2023 has made this year truly exciting for the software development industry.  As artificial intelligence applications continue to expand and integrate into every type of system, businesses will be positioned to take advantage of these applications to improve efficiency and increase revenue. 

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