• Green software development. This issue plans to focus on topics related to both making software itself greener and making the world greener via software.
• The latest in software language development. Have important new languages been developed and in search of a niche? Are languages that have been around for a while undergoing a revitalization that makes them even more relevant in today's context?
• The user experience. This issue plans to focus on how the design of the user experience can be effectively incorporated into software development practice. It also intends to explore topics such as how organizations can train developers to undertake this task effectively.
• Engineering scalability. In many contexts, software engineers have been able to attack scalability in fairly straightforward ways that often boil down to throwing more hardware at the problem. But what can be done when adding resources is not an option? How do we specify scalability requirements? What about modeling and predicting scalability needs?
• Big data and smart analytics. Industries from transportation to healthcare have an abundance of data. But making meaningful use of it is a challenge. This issue will look at a range of related topics such as software products that incorporate useful data mining techniques and whether there's a crucial skill shortage among developers for related areas of expertise.
• The reflective software engineer. This magazine intends to serve reflective software engineers who care about assessing the latest trends and understanding how new technologies can improve their products. This issue would take a look at what that phrase—reflective software engineers—actually means in practice. How do software developers reflect on their work? What do they do to learn? How do they learn? How can their organizations support that effectively?