Over time, software development has experienced a major drift not just in implementation, but in terms of the mindset as well. Back in the day, the engineering teams had clear, specific, and defined roles. The individuals in the team were expected to perform their part of the duty with minimalistic involvement and participation in other fields.
Now that we are living in an agile world, the engineering mindset has been revamped and every individual is regarded as a full-stack package and should have the knowledge and expertise to execute the end-to-end cycle of software development.
In this article, we’ll look at some of the key points of focus for software developers as an all-in-one package, especially when it comes to desktop and native application development.
How can I make a full-fledged application using third-party APIs?
Nowadays, when we talk of disruption and breakthrough technologies, it is highly dependent on time investment. Disruption in technology comes with effective use and management of time. Therefore, it is useless to recreate the wheel and engineer things from scratch that are already available in the form of open-source projects, SDKs, toolkits, packages, and libraries.
Delphi is by far one of the most popular choices for native desktop application development. To develop a full-fledged application, you can easily integrate third-party APIs in your Delphi code and create exciting desktop applications as an all-in-one developer. For instance, you need to create an application that involves some modules related to maps. For this problem statement, you already have Google Maps APIs readily available. You can simply utilize these ready-to-use Google Maps APIs and map them according to your use case.
Similarly, there are tons of other APIs, libraries, and SDKs for different use cases that you can use and integrate without starting the development process of these modules from scratch.
Leveraging APIs such as those from API Layer among others is the smart way to use other people’s hard work to inject that kind of capable broad-strength modernity into your apps. Supercharged developers employ smart techniques to reach their targets – and there’s nothing smarter than standing on the shoulders of giants who have already done the hard work for you.
What is an easy way to develop an end-to-end artificial intelligence-based application?
Undoubtedly, artificial intelligence is at a boom right now and there’s every sign that this is a trend which is very much here to stay. There are tons of applications and use cases where AI has proved beneficial. From the technology and development perspective as well, researchers and engineers are actively working on producing dynamic and scalable frameworks that facilitate the development of AI applications. As the AI offerings improve and new techniques are refined many of the things we previously only thought possible in science fiction or would require vast computing resources are becoming available to regular developers at extremely affordable pricing plans and with easy to understand methods of using them such as public APIs.
As a developer working on desktops apps, there are numerous opportunities that you can take your Delphi desktop application to the next big level by integrating AI modules. For instance, you are planning to add an AI-powered conversation module to your application. How will you go about it? Will you create an ML engine and train it from scratch? That might not be a very friendly idea as your developers might not have enough expertise and time to get involved in it. Instead, as a supercharged developer, you should consider using tools such as Dialogflow that offer ready-to-use conversational ML services.
How can I set up my own server using simplified and modern technologies?
As a frontend developer, even if you know a little about backend development, you can still try and set up your own server in any language of your choice. Popular and in-demand languages now offer simple and easy-to-use server-side development frameworks. These frameworks make it really easy to write your own APIs, controller, and service functions and make yourself a supercharged full-stack application developer.
In the case of desktop development as well, you can easily integrate your newly created APIs with Delphi code and offer exciting new features to your user base. It has a substantial number of features which speed up and add truly super-charged capabilities to your development flow such as the REST debugger which is arguably the fastest way to link to REST-based APIs. Connecting to REST servers and APIs, especially when coupled with the FireMonkey Low Code Wizard, is made almost ridiculously simple and virtually effortless. RAD Studio Delphi’s power is in the component-based development methodology coupled with these kind of energy boosts to your productivity.
Is RAD Studio really that much of a productivity boost for developers?
When placed head-to-head in a fair comparison against competing technologies RAD Studio Delphi absolutely cleaned up. One of the developers, who frequently says “Delphi is my superpower” proved the point by not only being the fastest to produce a workable solution but then went on to produce five other app solutions too. Sometimes it’s not enough to say it – we also need to do it too.