4 Important Ways AI Is Impacting Software Development

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According to experts, artificial intelligence is here to make our lives better by simplifying almost everything we do, from everyday tasks to complex, large-scale projects. Artificial intelligence statistics from KommandoTech show that the percentage of jobs requiring AI skills is 4.5 times higher than it was in 2013. It goes further to tell us that start-up companies utilizing AI tech have increased 14-fold in number since the year 2000.

Today, about one in every five companies is already utilizing AI, with over 50 percent of the largest companies around the globe having a dedicated budget for AI strategies. A survey carried out in 2018 revealed that global revenues from AI enterprise applications should rise from $1.62 billion in 2018 to $31.2 billion by 2025. One of the industries already benefiting from AI is the “Software development” industry.

Gone are the days when software development was such a tedious, time-consuming job. Today, AI has simplified the software testing process. Statistics from CrunchBase go further to tell us that more than 10,000 developers now work on building chatbots for Facebook Messenger.

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Indeed, AI has simplified the software development process, but in what ways?

Software Design

In the past, the design process was tricky and prone to error, requiring tweaking from the designer until the desired result had been attained. However, the application of AI in the design process has made everything easier.

AI tools are designed to learn from input data that is fed to them by designers. They are capable of extracting and modeling patterns from such data that will help them become experts at a particular task.

The application of natural language processing (NLP) techniques, machine learning, and deep learning has made it possible for designers to input their ideas into a computer using natural language, and have the computer suggest a base design that suits what was described.

A good example is the AI design assistant (AiDA), which uses AI to design websites for its users based on the information provided by the user. AIDA can understand the needs and desires of a user based on the information collected. It then searches the web through millions of combinations to form a customized design that will serve as a base for what the designer is looking for. After this, adjustments can be made by the designer to achieve the final package.

Software Testing

Software testing is one of the most critical phases of a software development process as it helps to ensure product quality before being released. It is a time-consuming process and can be quite expensive if the test has to be repeated multiple times due to the continuous modification of source code.

For that reason, AI is now being used to automate the whole testing process. AI is capable of reducing standard manual tests, thereby giving room for the creation of more automated software tests with sophisticated features.

AI can create test information, explore the authenticity of the information, and derive the scope of the data for better test management.

Strategic Decision Making

The goal of every designer is to implement every possible feature that will improve the performance of a design. For that reason, the designer spends a significant amount of time trying to understand what works and what should be excluded in the design.

Due to its ability to understand and detect patterns in data, AI can be fed details about past projects and performance. This can then be used to determine which factors to implement that should work best for the current project, thereby reducing the workload on the designer.

Graphics User Interface Testing

This is one of the most tasking areas so far in software development.

Designers have to manually create test cases, determine the ideal scenario to test such cases, and ultimately check if the GUI was properly tested. If it is not, the process needs to be carried out again for re-testing to ensure an error-free design.

AI can be used to automatically perform the aforementioned processes without having to stress the designer. It goes further to ensure that the visual appearance of the application meets the desired result.

AI Saves Time, Eases Stress

Software development, once considered a stressful and time-consuming process, is being simplified by the application of various AI tech in the design process. From software design to software testing, down to future error handling, AI has revolutionized the software development industry for good.

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