App Development

Watch This Space– What’s Hot and Happening in Web App Development

GL Content Team May 03, 2019

Sometimes mistaken for an extension of standard software engineering techniques, web app development has become so much more than that. Centered around the early 1990’s It was first started as a means for people around the world to be able to communicate from any computer to any server and vise versa while using a worldwide system of computer networks aka- the internet. This break through lead to massive computing domains like Gmail, yahoo, Facebook and more.

As things stand today, we’ve come a long way since the days of client–server models, where the processing load for the application was shared between code on the server and code installed on each client locally.

A few fantastic examples of this include:

In 1995, the well known and revolutionary JavaScript was created- that irreversibly changed the way a program was written. E commerce like Amazon and eBay were released and now we’re looking at the realities of cloud-based storage and interactive applications.

It has been said that before a man can run, he must first learn to crawl. This is a novel idea to be sure, but not really one that has been adhered to in terms of our technical advancements. We are running like forest! Gaining more and more speed with every step.

Its intense! Its exhilarating! It leads to the only natural question one can ask – What’s next?

Expected Trends in Web App Development Moving Forward

Serverless Trends Are On The Rise

Up until this point the larger resource heavy providers like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon have been at odds when it comes to market space. They all have mass industry influence and moving forward would naturally like to increase that. The problem comes in when one looks at the server space available around the world. The internet may seem like a limitless and vast platform that is immeasurable but in actual fact it is not. At current standing these providers hold 1.2 million terabytes between them, and when the internet was first created they included enough “space” for 4.3 billion web addresses.

In 2018 it was announced that the internet was in fact running out of space. In order to contend with this problem, many companies are starting to look into “serverless” solutions. Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Functions are two great examples of this.  Azure offers a comprehensive set of development, deployment, and management tools. … Event-driven applications are now possible using CloudEvents with the Event Grid event-routing service, so moving forward it is safe to say that this will definitely become mainstream and sooner than you might have thought.

Javascript is planned to become one of the most prevalent coding languages in use

Yes, it’s a fact that Javascript changed the way programmers do what they do best. The main reason for this and the main difference between this specific programming language and others is mostly due to the fact that Javascript is what it is called a scripting language. It doesn’t have to be compiled to be executed, like other languages including C++ and Java.  Instead JS is dynamically typed unlike C+ and Java which are static typed. This one difference makes it a much faster language to use.

Because of this, Javascript has been voted the most preferred programming language for six years in a row, and moving forward there is an anticipated use increase in certain Javascript extensions including Vue.js, ReactJS and Angular 7.

AI technologies and machine learning are becoming more user friendly  

Up until now, in many ways the concept of AI and machine learning has been somewhat of a myth. Through recent development the strength of these concepts can now be brought down to a plug-in. By importing or making use of various programming libraries, simple applications can now be enhanced dramatically. For example AI assistants on web portals, the continuous advancement of advertising and immersion in virtual reality.  

An increased use in fringe technologies

Communication is broken down into two things – questions and answers. Programming is no different. Interacting with a website is nothing but quaring information, by using fringe technology and scripting languages like GraphQL and Typescript you can add ease of development and robustness to the applications. Especially for developers who don’t want to deal with writing complicated queries, while delivering scalable & optimized results.

Because of this there is a usage increase expected in regards to these types of programs and enhancements.

JAMstack is expected to become one of the popular kids

JAMstack stands for JavaScript, APIs, and Markup, and can be described as a modern web development architecture based on these features. The JAMstack is not about specific technologies. It’s a new and innovative way of building websites and apps that deliver a better performance, a higher security, lower cost of scaling, and a better developer experience.

Popping into existence in the early 2000’s, it has slowly been gaining momentum mostly due to its ability to provide pre-built files over a CDN, using caches for lighting fast content loading and 3rd party APIs where required to generate dynamic data.

There is a major usage increase anticipated in 2019 and later. So best keep an eye on this one.

Adaption is the key to every form of evolution – in order to master one’s circumstances you need to be able to not only make them work for you but in a sense actually outgrow them. Looking at it in this manner could go a long way in expressing why humanity has become so determined to advance themselves technologically as fast as possible. We have already made unbelievable leaps and bounds in this regard and I am sure that moving forward will be no different.

2019 is looking to be a year of streamlined programming, faster development and enhanced capabilities. It’s exciting! So open your mind – watch this space and lets get going!