Six Web Development Trends For 2018




Web development is defined as a set of programming codes enabling the creation of a website. It deals with the coding aspect of building a website and also includes writing and coding markup. It deals with creating plain text pages to complex and comprehensive social networking applications, web apps, and business applications. Programmers across the globe use a number of tools for web development such as Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Adobe Flashbuilder, Oracle JDeveloper, and Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software along with others.

The hierarchy of web development is as follows:

  • Server-side coding
  • Client-side coding
  • Database technology

The age-old saying “change is the only constant” applies perfectly to the concept of web designing where a new improvisation is taking place every second day.

Here is a list of six major web development trends web developers need to monitor this year:

1) Progressive Web Apps Will Dominate This Year

These applications are inspired by the design and functionality of mobile apps. There was a time when the content published on the web was restyled in order to be republished on a mobile app. Come 2018, the practice is witnessing a transformation where mobile content is being emulated for it to be put on the web. Computers and printers with touchscreens are coming into the picture, trying to emulate the success of smartphones.

Benefits:

  • Work reliability irrespective of network conditions
  • Improved conversations
  • An increase in engagement

2)  Vue JS Will Become More Popular

Vue, created in 2014, is witnessing a significant upsurge in its popularity four years down the line. It is a lightweight, progressive, and open-source JavaScript framework used for developing User Interfaces (UIs). While other open source frameworks are backed by giants (Angular is backed by Google whereas React is backed by Facebook), Vue is making a lot of buzz despite lacking a major backing force.

Created by Evan You, its popularity is soaring higher and higher in China with each passing day as the documentation is available in Chinese. Today, it is being used by major companies such as Alibaba and Nintendo. Of late, VueJS also made its way into the list of 10 projects on Octoverse by Github. With VueJS making its presence felt across the globe, it can certainly become one of the major talking points this year.

3)  Functional Programming Benefits From JS Will Improve

Functional programming has come a long way since its inception and its impact is expected to increase further in 2018. It brings to light the basics of developing software through rudimentary principles. These principles include developing a software by various composing functions. Things such as mutable data, shared state, and side effects are avoided in this type of programming.

4)  Extensions Will Get More Compatible Than Ever

Key add-ons for web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox have been browser-extensions. These extensions are sets of code developed in JS, CSS, or HTML. These codes help in modifying the functionality of a web browser. A user can change the appearance and content showcased on the websites. Traditionally, extensions were built for a specific browser, such as Chrome or Firefox. However, this practice is changing as Firefox is now compatible with Chrome extensions as well. This practice is expected to be taken a notch higher in 2018.

5) Web Apps Providing Real-Time Solutions Will Be Prevalent

As users want quick interactions and information sharing, real-time web apps, based on websockets are creating a big splash in the market. The idea behind these apps is to keep the connection between the client and the server open for the server to push-in new chunks of data once they are there. Before the advent of these apps, clients had to check manually to find out if something new had happened.

6) 2018 Will Be The Year of Material Design

It is yet another popular trend that is expected to rise above the clutter in 2018. Developed by Google to combine motion with visual material, it is based on the highly-responsive CSS framework and comes in two major forms:

  • Materialize
  • Sass

It consists of components such as Toast and Parallax. A striking feature of material design is its compatibility with all modern browsers.

Novel web designing trends, mobile apps, and frameworks are all set to change the way web development is undertaken. A striking feature of this transition remains the ability of web development to respond to the growing user expectations. You too can take the first step in your bid to become a professional web developer by learning web development with Microsoft visual studio 2010.

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