WEB DEVELOPMENT TRENDS FOR 2016
A lot of new tech is coming to the market and that means things are about to change. New technologies are only just showing their first applications but development in 2016 will set the stage for the coming years.
Responsive design will no longer be restricted to ‘mobile-first’ or mobile responsiveness only. There are already a plethora of other devices, screens and integrated wearable gadgets like Apple watch, Google Glass and Oculus Rift which are some of the most talked about technologies.
As more and more devices are being connected and accessible to the network, we’ll find web developers coming up with upgraded solutions to help users control and communicate with their everyday gadgets and equipment.
Odds are that you have your own favorite development environment. Maybe you fell in love with VIM years ago or you’re an IntelliJ fanatic. That’s going to change soon as more and more people are starting to use cloud-based versions of IDEs.
They’re fast and they’re accessible, and some of them have a huge community behind them. Flexibility is key here, and while you may not use these tools full time, it’s definitely good to know that they’re available if you want to do a quick test of a bootstrap code of Jade without having to download a single file.
Full-screen navigation design is a feature that improves the user experience on mobile devices. Let’s say a user is navigating a website on his mobile phone and he comes across a registration form. As he taps on the registration form, the form jumps to a full-screen size enabling the user to fill out the form in a more natural way.
Introduced only in late 2014, the potential of Foundation for Apps, with its positioning capabilities and clean code, has yet to be discovered used. We will surely see a lot of companies using this advanced responsive front-end framework this year.
2016 will see a rise in new apps that work in real-time. Real-time analytics is rapidly finding its implementation in desktop and mobile apps. Similarly, live streaming will also become increasingly important in the social media marketing world with apps like Periscope and Meerkat gaining prominence. Real-time is just about to break out.
With all those developments, real-time services like pusher.com will also see a huge gain in popularty among developers.
Docker is a container service that enables faster development of software even in an isolated environment. Basically, a container has all the dependencies it requires to run an application on its own.
This means developers can build, test, run and deploy an app anywhere faster. The service runs regardless of the environment it is in. This year, Docker will continue to develop, add features and gain security.
Across the world, website owners are losing money to advertisement-blocking plugins. In one year alone, UK ad blocking grew by 82% and reached 12 million active users. This affected the earnings of not only the smaller sites that depend on advertising revenues but also the big media publishers.
In 2016, websites will do their best to minimize the effect of ad blocking. A number of techniques will emerge that will neglect the effect of ad-blocking plugins. You can also expect the sites to come up with innovative and persuasive ways of showing advertisements to their users.
Mobile is becoming more and more prevalent and this can have its own downsides. Mobile is becoming a focal point of security breaches and a lot of effort will be put into making sure apps are as secure as they can be.
If you sign up for a new Slack account, a so-called Slackbot welcomes and on-boards you. The Slackbot not only asks you for your name (which is then automatically saved in your slack account) but for some other things as well.
It’s not only Slack. Bots are popping up in many more of our beloved tools and apps, whether it’s Facebook, Telegram or WeChat. It feels like the beginning of a new era, an era full of different bots, all making our life easier.
Looking at these web development trends and predictions for 2016, one thing is clear. Web developers are out to make the process of website development easier and simpler. And that’s good news. It is only when these developers save time from their day-to-day workflow, will they be able to focus on newer technologies that improve the user experience of web browsing.