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An Incisive Retrospective Of Web Development

Recent trends in the field

21Aug

Last year, we saw incredible progress in the field of web development. Programmers and visionaries worked hard all year to improve the web platform and they have largely succeeded in doing so.

This article is an incisive retrospective study on how the web experience changed in the year 2016.

Browser- Based (Cloud) IDEs

An IDE (Independent Development Environment) is a software suite that simplifies the task of coding with features such as suggestions and syntax highlighting.

For the last decade or so, we’ve had desktop IDEs options ranging from Notepad++ to Xcode and Visual Studio, but over the past several years, we have seen immense development at the forefront of browser-based IDE. Incessant advancements in IDEs have dismissed the high-end software requirements.

Eclipse Che is one such cloud IDE released in 2016 that has revolutionized the art of web development. In fact, developers today can write codes from a web browser with internet access. Ironically, it is very much like a web app itself where you can write and save or share your code snippets.

There are several IDEs like (CodePen) that supports HTML/CSS/JS along with custom preprocessing like Jade/Haml and LESS/SCSS.

I include Cloud IDE because it has simplified the task of web development significantly and at the same time maintaining its high-efficiency.

Free SASS/SCSS Mixins

Preprocessors hold massive significance for building successful web projects. It’s a computer program that modifies the data to make it adaptable with the input of different programs.

Years ago, we had Vanilla CSS. Now with free SASS/SCSS Mixins availability, Vanilla CSS has become obsolete.

As time goes by the supply of Saas mixins libraries is increasing. This is proving quite beneficial for the developers. These mixins include code snippets like which will help developers to write reusable and optimized codes.

It has successfully incorporated motion interface to the websites. It is there in SASS libraries, and it has made the task of adding smooth CSS transitions quite simpler than it was before.

This year, several libraries have been made public to the vast and active community of developers. This has created quite a stir.

We have witnessed a seamless integration of animated elements into websites which makes SASS/SCSS one of the most preferred libraries by developers.

In 2016, we saw an emerging trend of Motion UI which is evidently sure to stay for the next few years.

Live Product Reviews

This year has seen a great change in the landing page designs. Due to greater internet speeds and browser capabilities web pages have seen amazing enhancement.

Of all the trends that have managed to modify the web experience, one stands out due to its whimsicality – Live Product Previews.

I have noticed live product previews on custom landing pages and homepages. These previews give the potential customer a glimpse of the product and how it operates. This is a great marketing move and helps maintain style and sophistication.

Some websites use live animation on the homepage. This gives a complete overlook of the product without having to manually demo the product.

It is not completely necessary to rely on animation; a simple PNG screenshot can create the same kind of effect if used correctly.

Automated Task Runners

Frontend development has seen an immense change in the last several years using innovative practices for website creation.

Gulp and Grunt are frequently used for tasks that demanded a great deal of manual effort. These automated task runners are the lifeblood of web development. It helps the coders to create optimized codes.

And with advancements in technology, machines have become more reliable and hence the more you automate the fewer the issues you’ll have.

'Foundation For Apps' Framework

Foundation For Apps is the first front-end framework created for developing fully responsive web apps.

It was introduced to developers this year and we knew right then that it is one massive step ahead on the path to create responsive websites.

These automated task runners are the lifeblood of web development. It helps the coders to create optimized codes.

And with advancements in technology, machines have become more reliable and hence the more you automate the fewer the issues you’ll have.

'Foundation For Apps' Framework

Foundation For Apps is the first front-end framework created for developing fully responsive web apps.

It was introduced to the developers this year and we knew right then that it is one massive step ahead on the path to creating responsive websites.

Docker is an open source tool used for running isolated containers on Linux. It helps to make the app deployment faster. It can create portable, self-sufficient containers from any application.

This means developers can build, test, run and deploy an app anywhere faster. The service runs regardless of the environment it is in.

In 2016, Docker made the container even more capacious, making the art of web developing even more scalable.

Conclusion

It has been an incredible year for web development. With the features mentioned above, the process of web development has been simplified and the overall web experience has improved significantly.

Looking over these trends, it is quite evident that we’re seeing a real determined effort from the web community to make the tedious process of web building easier.

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