4 Trends In Software Development You Should Be Aware Of
With the assistance of Artificial Intelligence, companies are beginning to train computers to think like humans. Such programs help us collect data, analyze information, and help solve challenging problems that would otherwise take hundreds of man hours to solve. We are starting to see AI implemented in hardware and software such as Amazon’s Alexa, Siri, and Cortana. Most notably, Flint Hills Group created a solution for Alyss Analytics, a data analytics company. Alyss wanted to scale up its offering and had devised a game-changing candidate vetting and screening service technology concept. The idea behind the software was that Alyss’ Artificial Intelligence model would analyze the specific data points within the footage and audio to determine each candidates ‘soft skills’ and offer a rating score based on facial mapping, content, and delivery. The success of such a venture would reduce the amount of time it would like for human resources professionals to screen candidates before a face-to-face interview. Ultimately, this solution would cut down on the time spent in the screening phase and help companies hire faster. Flint Hills Group worked closely with Alyss Analytics to produce a successful AI product that performed all of the required functionality. The project took five months to complete and even exceeded the project budget goals while only using 87% of the project budget.
GraphQL is a revolutionary way to think about APIs. The major benefit to using GraphQL is that you only have to make one request instead of rigid, server-defined endpoints that the REST methodology uses. Are GraphQL and REST really that different? Not exactly, but the developer experience with GraphQL is much more enjoyable. When using GraphQL, we use a schema rather than a URL to define an entity that is available via an API. It uses two different initial types — a mutation or a query — to retrieve or modify data. A mutation would be an equivalent to something like an UPDATE call in REST, and a query resembles that of a GET or POST request. One big advantage to using GraphQL over REST is that you make one request for data. That data is then sent back with all the relationships you defined in the GraphQL schema. If you were using REST, you would have to make many different API calls to do the same job. Flint Hills Group has capitalized upon this using GraphQL over traditional REST architecture concepts.
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