Is the existing trend on serverless architecture provide an overview of what the future holds regarding web development? Are developers expect it to be quicker, more affordable and reliable with reduced risk of potential failure?
Other related questions when it was released included, “Will serverless framework be employed for online apps of each type from enterprise to production of products of heavy loads?” Can this architecture assist in mitigating the shortage of software developers in the industry, along with the involved risks in offshore collaboration models?
Complex web apps that have become successful brought significant shelf-life that needs maintenance and updates for years after their initial launch. Based on the industry details, the existing development task requires about 80% of the total all-time costs related to the app. So what is the impact of serverless architecture in web apps?
Does it have the capacity to aid firms and software developers to prevent the risk of some apps being considered as ‘legacy monsters’?
For this article, the developers of the serverless framework will respond to the essential questions regarding the trend of enhanced automation in web development.
The coming of serverless architecture
In predicting the future of web development, we need to know what transpired in the past. What led to the current web development trends?
When web development has been introduced, the trend remains the same. In each innovative iteration of web development technology, the new web development apps continue to provide easier, quicker and more component-oriented configuration. The core principle stresses never to recreate the wheel. What the system needs is to enhance efficiency and functionality of what has been previously developed, evaluated, and useful in a production environment.
In this article, the parallelism in the evolution of mechanical and software engineering will be discussed. We will seek some responses to all the queries regarding why serverless architecture is considered vital in the future of web development.
The link to mechanical engineering
Using Archimedes’ discovery of the screw pump, this brought the initial mechanical engineering standards. Even up to this day, screw pumps, along with their derivations, are employed when moving things or transferring something.
Through the years, there came the standardization of engineering components such as gears, belts, and poles. What only sets them apart is the size and the type of material they are made from but never in terms of performance and shape. As seen, this brings parts that are affordable, can be tested, and be integrated in various combinations. Also, the necessity for future maintenance can be minimized and other complex tasks do not need to be performed.
In developing a complex mechanical process, a good mechanical engineer takes several standardized components as much as possible. This easily enables future maintenance. Also, it is affordable to look for substitute parts and many mechanical engineers know how to interchange them as needed.
New mechanical products, like advance Lego, are created with these standardized components. Lego is basically like Meccano's simplified version. In 1898, it was a model construction system developed by Frank Hornby in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Meccano has different reusable metal strips, angle girders, plates, axles and gears, wheels, and plastic components that are linked through nuts and bolts.
Using the guide, design blueprints enable users to produce standardized parts to create models of cars, planes, trains, bridges, buildings, and nearly anything required. This is like in the case of mechanical engineering, where the engineer employs a customized component. This may represent an essential business risk. It is where it has an expensive component in the manufacturing reserves with more complicated maintenance.
Regarding the risk involved, the customized parts in mechanical engineering represent the final resort. No other options and value added for the engineering should be available as solution as non-standard components that provide a gain for making it worth the price.
Evolution of software engineering
In comparison to the development of mechanical engineering, both software engineering, and web development are still in the initial stages. Standard protocols and components have yet to be further developed and still far less compared to mechanical engineering.
Stages of development
In mechanical engineering, it is known for moving matter and transferring motion. In the case of software engineering, it is recognized for shifting information and promoting ideas. Ever since software engineering works in parallel with mechanical engineering, which employes standardized components to achieve cheaper, quicker, and reduced risk of product development. Over the years, the evolution of both sectors is heading in the same direction.
For instance, in Java enterprise, the initial years led to the independent development of custom components and frameworks in each organization (e.g. requests for parsing protocols). These brought the Servlets API, which has standardized production elements and led finally into the spring framework, which is developed beyond the Servlets API to smooth above its complexity. In the spring framework, the standardized elements are being configured and not built from scratch. The building blocks have already been established.
Long development period
During the initial stages, building a traditional web app would take months to build the first custom web protocol processes, create the Servlet API, and weeks to finalize web architecture.
For all the custom tasks, this does not provide a solid business model. Organizations that are operated commercially require a level of certainty with costs, timelines, and risk profiles when developing products. Regardless of whether the product is the result of mechanical or software engineering, this does not modify the underlying need.