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SAP BTP – Sustainable/Carbon Emission and energy efficiency languages
In this article, we will discuss the principles of green programming languages and how BTP can help you to run more sustainable code and develop your own extensions having in mind.
Energy-efficient tools and practices for green field implementation
Environmental awareness is on the rise, and with good reason. The effects of climate change are becoming more and more apparent, and it’s up to us to do our part to mitigate its impact. But as it turns out, as developers, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference by writing code that is energy efficient. In addition, we can reduce our carbon footprint by using green software development practices and fostering brand loyalty among our users.
The use of energy-efficient tools and practices in coding has the side effect of energy efficiency. When it comes to developing the web or creating apps, a few different approaches can be taken to make the process more environmentally friendly or “green”. Interestingly, even some of the most loved programming languages, such as Rust, Elixir, Scala, and Go, are designed with energy efficiency in mind to be lightweight and efficient. So by simply using these languages, we’re already making a difference!
Also, Sustainable technology means here faster code writing, fewer lines, good libraries, so… lower energy consumption, for example, through less consumption on servers, more immediate replies from the database, and thus again – lower energy consumption.
Energy measurements – electricity consumption
In addition, developers can also use energy measurement tools to track the efficiency of their applications. By using these energy-efficient tools and practices, developers can help reduce their software applications’ carbon footprint.
Programming languages for green web and app development
When developing for the web or creating apps, a few different approaches can be taken to make the process more environmentally friendly or “green”. One way is to develop using programming languages designed to be lightweight and energy efficient.
In this ranking, we can see the “greenest” and most efficient languages are: C, C+, Rust, and Java, although this last one shoots the memory usage.
From the Paper: Normalized global results for Energy, Time, and Memory.
Many software engineers say that good code in all languages is inherently “green” because it enables high performance. However, the lack of examples specifically addressing environmental friendliness in coding does not illustrate the lack of concern for the environment. In fact, coding led to the development of green software engineering and environmentally friendly applications, and it could be argued that code often creates efficient replacements for real-world processes. But we should not only consider here the languages widely described in the Rankings of Programming Languages by Energy Efficiency.
So let’s do our part to ensure our code is as green as possible. It’s up to us to make a difference!
Deploy your greencode to SAP BTP for sustainable and energy efficiency
SAP BTP can be used to develop a multi-cloud strategy that maximizes your existing cloud investments while simultaneously extending the reach of your SAP business systems – SAP S/4 HANA or otherwise. Here, we’ll see that SAP BTP can be used side-by-side with PaaS services provided by hyperscalers such as Microsoft (Azure), Amazon (AWS), or Google (GCP) to create many new and exciting solutions to accelerate your digital transformation journey.
These kinds of languages result in less code needed to build an application, and as a result, fewer human resources are needed to develop it
List of available buildpacks in SAP BTP for deploying your code
Conclusion: why you should start green programming languages today!
As you can see, developing software can positively impact the environment. Green coding, or writing code that is responsible for emitting fewer greenhouse gases, is a great way to be more environmentally friendly. And, it’s not as difficult as you might think. In fact, green software systems tend to be more straightforward and energy-efficient.
Developing software responsibly doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. You can make a big difference by simply using energy-efficient tools and practices.
At the end of the day, it’s up to each individual software engineer to make the conscious decision to develop in a way that is not only energy efficient but also environmentally responsible. So why not start green software engineering? You might be surprised at how easy it is to make a difference.