7 Web Development Trends To Stay In 2017
Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the Internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (a private network). Web development can range from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, and social network services.
As we know that technology changes constantly, so to be at the top of your game as a web developer, it is very necessary to update with the latest web development trends . Sometimes it is very confusing and concerning fact when so many updates and developments are being released every few weeks. Therefore , I’ve put some information about the trends and some advice about what areas of development you should be focusing on.
ES6+ Features, Transpilation, and Patterns
We have seen widespread adoption during development with ES6+ features, improving the language grammar and efficiency in writing applications. In particular, having native promises, generators, async/await and async functions have greatly improved how we author asynchronous code. And yet due to somewhat inconsistent support for ES6 features in browsers, some ES6 features lagging behind ES5 in performance, and ES modules not having a finalized loader specification, the most common approach is still to transpile most code to ES5, whether with the popular Babel project, or the TypeScript transpiler which also includes support for types and interfaces
Internet of Things
The internet of things is a movement where typically non-internet-connected objects are given network connectivity in order to send and receive data. These objects can range from your toaster or kettle, to sensors on motors or sensors embedded in concrete to detect cracks and weaknesses.
Web developers may not be directly involved in the creation of such devices. However, it’s likely we’ll be involved in the development of applications that use, analyse and display the devices’ data. Companies such as Xively and BugLabs have already started working on APIs that can be used by developers to communicate with IoT devices.
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Though IoT brings a lot of opportunity for innovation, some concerns have been raised, especially around security. No doubt web developers will have interesting challenges to face — helping to protect our fittings and furnishings from hackers.
The newest version of Rails, Rails 5, was released in late June 2016. Seeing as Rails 5 is still young, we expect its popularity to grow as it matures in 2017. The newest release of Rails came with some interesting additions that web developers should get excited about (aka “now for the science part”):
- ActionCable is a new way to use websockets in Rails to create real time applications. This makes creating notifications and chat features so much easier, all the while still having access to all your ActiveRecord resources.
Another topic that always seems to surface when discussing the future of technology is virtual reality or VR. This trend has already started to sweep the gaming industry. The Oculus Rift and the Vive bring new and interesting possibilities to the world of gaming, but it won’t stop there.
Companies including Google and Mozilla have begun work on APIs to help VR technology transition to the web. As standards develop, we expect more and more applications to be developed using VR technologies.
In the coming year, we’ll see virtual reality in various applications, ranging from news coverage, to virtual real estate tours.
Static site generators
If you’re an active reader of our blog, you probably know that we at Usersnap are huge fans of static site generators. We run our website, and some other side projects on Hugo, which is an open source static site generator (You can read our review of Hugo here.)
As Content Delivery Networks and APIs become more and more the way of life of the web and make it easier for content and templates to be deployed, many devs think static site generators might be an interesting area to watch in the coming year.
Separating the templates and markup from the “full stack” way of thinking might just make static site generators the “it” thing again.
The reason we believe that the popularity of static site generators keeps going up is simple.
Static site generators are a great way to create websites. You don’t need a database, instead your web pages are simple files which run on your servers. With that comes advantages in website loading times, better security handling, and ease of deployment.
Yarn package manager
Yarn aims to address issues Facebook have experienced with NPM, particularly in areas such as performance, security, and consistency. This new package manager still has access to the NPM and Bower registries.
For example, when using NPM, depending on the order in which modules are installed, developers might end up with two different versions of a particular module in their local development environment. This can cause issues where everything works fine on one developer’s machine but not on another’s. To address this issue, Yarn uses lockfiles to tie modules to a specific version within a project, thus assuring that the same version is installed on all developers machines.
The next generation of Angular JS
It is also expected to be more regularly updated and tweaked, with one significant update being promised every six months, therefore offering developers who use it never-ending abilities at the cutting edge of website building technology.
It’s most commonly used by app developers thanks to its compatibility with videos, animation, and other non-static documents.