Featured: Developer’s list of innovative companies to watch in 2021

Governments may not have classed developers as “essential workers” during the pandemic, but we know they are.

The companies in our most innovative companies list for 2021 are helping developers to deliver the full potential of their visions quickly which, in turn, is often helping end-users in ways that can’t be understated.

In alphabetical order:

Appery

Appery’s mission is to “accelerate your mobile innovation” and its low-code app...

O’Reilly: Python leads languages, React for web development, and ML/AI interest grows

Education giant O’Reilly has released data about its online platform which highlights some interesting software development trends.

The headline finding is that Python continues to be the programming language with the most interest.

Given the growth in topics relating to Python such as AI – and the language often considered the best to pick up for new developers – it’ll perhaps come of little surprise to hear of its popularity.

O’Reilly highlights...

GameRefinery’s AI auto-tags features and visuals for iOS developers

GameRefinery has boosted its game analytics platform with a new AI which automatically generates tags highlighting features and visuals.

The new system can auto-generate up to 100 tags per game and is currently being used for over 100,000 iOS games in Western markets including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

GameRefinery claims its new AI can automatically identify 51 features and 45 visual styles. This enables it to quickly tag games that its human...

Amazon’s AI-powered code reviewer CodeGuru is now available

An artificial intelligence-powered code reviewer from Amazon Web Services (AWS) called CodeGuru has reached general availability.

CodeGuru is a set of tools which use machine learning for reviewing code and suggesting potential optimisations to improve performance.

The set consists of two components, Reviewer and Profiler, and first launched into preview last December.

AWS trained Reviewer using code from over 10,000 open source projects in addition to the...

New developer tools boost Google Assistant’s capabilities

Google has launched new tools for developers which are designed to boost Assistant's capabilities when responding to user requests.

The virtual assistant is regularly found to handle general queries better than its closest competitors, but too often you can think it would just be quicker to do a task yourself. We're still far off from the sci-fi visions of AI assistants like HAL and JARVIS.

Google Assistant, and its rivals, have made large strides in improving areas such...

Codota secures $12m series A funding for AI which automates code suggestions

Israel-based startup Codota has raised $12 million (£9.6m) in a series A funding round to build on its AI-flavoured product which aims to improve developer productivity.

The company's platform aims to be the dev equivalent of Gmail's Smart Compose, providing suggestions to coders based on an analysis of 'millions' of code repositories. In the company's own words, it 'automates all predictable parts of the development cycle, such as looking up syntax and applying the best...