Some web development predictions and trends- 2014

We were expecting a continued improvement in the web technologies and a decline in the use of legacy browsers for this year 2014. The transition will empower web developers to build faster apps which will perform consistently across all devices as well as being on-par with the speed and capability of native apps.

1) CSS3 3D transforms

More developers starts concentrating on CSS3 3D transforms, a lightweight, mobile-friendly method of rendering 3D graphics.

2) Usage of HTML5 Javascript API

Some of the cool APIs in the HTML 5 JavaScript specification are as follows:

Web Storage: This provides a cleaner alternative to cookies, as data can now be persistently stored locally on the user’s browser. This will be especially handy for use in mobile apps as it allows simple offline storage of client data.
WebSockets: These are an exciting, faster alternative to AJAX for real-time communication. We should see an increase in the utilisation of WebSockets for live-chat and online-gaming.
Web Workers: This allow multiple complex JavaScript tasks to be performed simultaneously, without the penalties on performance. Workers will be one of the fundamental building blocks for every mobile web app striving to perform like a native app.
Application Cache: This is another powerful feature which will allow web apps to behave more like native apps by caching the whole app for offline use.

3) Javascript and client side web apps

We started to see kick off this trend in 2013, and we believe we’ll see it continue through 2014. There are many benefits to building an app entirely with client-side technologies. Here are a few big reasons:

  • Deployment of technologies is a lot more easier as the app can be deployed on any server as static pages
  • Developers no need to learn a new languagess
  • HTML5 JS APIs make possible to do all the things a heavy server-side framework can do.

4) Front end framework evolution

Front end framewoks were very popular for the year 2013 and its a constant improvement in the workflow for this year. Some of the frond end development stack we could see this year is:

  • Task runner
  • Testing server
  • Bootstrap or foundation (The frond end development framework)
  • Seamless integration with any platform
  • Dependency Management
  • Ease of deployment through command line

Yeoman- This is a free tool which closely matches above said criteria, it seems to get more helpful and powerful with each new version, so is definitely one to watch.

Mixture- a desktop app which also takes care of all workflow tasks.

5) Development beyond the screen

The release of weird and whacky ways (such as through wearable technology) is more likely to see in 2014 to view media. Google Glass is a great example of this. Developing a web app which behaves itself on these futuristic devices is bound to cause some headaches.

The Glass’ browser (named XE7) has a resolution of 640×360 pixels and it can be controlled with voice, by a touch-sensor on the side of the glasses or with head movements.


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