Cloud software development is stuck in a paradigm for decades.

The problem is the same that has been around for decades: you have to write code and test it in a very linear fashion, which is not how most people think about it.

Cloud computing is a paradigm shift, but the underlying technology is another way to solve the same problem.

The main difference between cloud computing and other paradigms (such as SOA, Service Oriented-Architecture) is that we are now able to use PHP/Python on the server side, and JavaScript on the client side.

Now we can write better APIs, because they are easier to test, faster to load and scale, and more reliable and resilient than before. The main reason for the success of cloud software is that it fits into the same paradigm.

There are three basic paradigms in software development in general:
→ The first is the waterfall paradigm where you create a plan and then put it in place of it.

→ The second is the agile paradigm where you do small iterations, each with a specific purpose and scope, and then make improvements to those iterations until they're ready for deployment.
→ The third is the continuous delivery paradigm where you release early, often, and continuously.

Cloud computing fits into this last category as well. In fact, it's more like a fourth paradigm: DevOps.

Is Cloud Software development stuck in a paradigm for decades?

Cloud software development is an emerging paradigm that can help organizations become more agile, flexible, and cost-effective. Yet, the current cloud software development model has several limitations that hinder its adoption by organizations.
These limitations include:
  • The inability to develop applications using many languages and frameworks – limits the types of applications that can be developed and deployed. For example, if you want to build an application that uses different languages or frameworks such as Java and .NET, you have to use many toolsets across different vendors with no guarantee of compatibility between them.
  • The inability to customize an application – means that you need to create a new version of your application every time there is a code change. This will take more time and resources than it should due to customizing the same codebase again and again.

The inability to scale up or down – when you add more servers or clients, the existing server stack has to be scaled up or down for all the components to keep running.

Cloud Software development is stuck in a paradigm for decades and it is time to move on.

The idea of Software as a Service (SaaS) has been around since the early 1990s and has been gaining popularity since then. It is not surprising that SaaS has become one of the most popular Internet technologies today; after all, it allows users to access applications via the Internet without having to install or maintain them themselves.

This technology has been around for almost twenty years now; but, there are still some misconceptions about what SaaS actually means, especially when it comes to cloud computing.

Let's explore in our upcoming articles how we can encounter and have better optimizations to this paradigm.

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