Web Development is a fairly new industry of constant and rapid change and trends — This article will briefly discuss “the future of web development” or a predicted future of web development, rather, based off past and present web, design, and development trends. In order to make a prediction of where it may progress we should discuss its history and where it derived, we will delve briefly into where Web Development first came from, and how it’s changed since that short time bringing us to what we have today, it will then, attempt, based off of research to predict the state of Web Development after 2018. It’s important to also analyze what the future of the internet, as a whole, may look like in order to understand where it may go. Let’s recap on what Web Development is; “Anything from a plain text page online to a complex robust social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter is the work of Web Developers. When it comes to big websites, however, Analysis plays an important part in the outcome of the project. Developers are in charge of technical analysis of the project, which involves a large amount of thinking, discussion and planning between the team members and the client.” exclaims Kyle Serebour in his article titled ‘Information Technology (IT) vs. Web Development – What’s the difference?’
A History of the Web
More History on the Browsers
After Netscape’s real notable success, this eventually triggered what many refer to as the ‘browser wars’, which basically occured when Microsoft wanted a piece of the pie and thought Netscape wasn’t anything on their product’s ambition, Internet Explorer. “The browser wars originally referred to a period of intense competition between Netscape and Microsoft over which web browser would come to dominate the market. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) lagged Netscape’s Navigator technically for much of the browser war period, but was given to users as a bundled product with the Windows operating system. Microsoft ended up winning the browser wars, and IE came to dominate the market in the 1990s.” stated vividly in the simple Technopedia article at https://www.techopedia.com/definition/27790/browser-wars. Although, I.E. wasn’t technically the better browser or product (at least at first) it’s marketing initiatives crushed Netscape in this first round of Browser Wars. At the time of IE’s inception with the first version of I.E. 1, there was said to be just 20 basic HTML tags. We know that with IE’s progression toward the present version of I.E. 11, there has been a few more rounds of the browser wars, during – such as with noteable Mozilla Firefox, and more recently legendary Google Chrome. One of firefox’s neat feats, among many, was the creation of ‘Firebug’ which basically allows developers to debug, and sort of develop and modify code right within the web browser. (For brevity we will disregard Opera because it wasn’t that popular, and it also ruins lives). One easy example of flat out browser progression, take I.E. 6 for instance which ultimately was built so poorly developers had to write extra code and put much more effort into getting small things to render within the browser, such as transparent .pngs or simple rounded corners “Although it dominated the market, IE 6 was named one of the 25 worst tech products of all time by PC World.”. Comparing I.E. 6 to just about any version of Chrome for instance that allowed for much easier implementation, as well as smoother feature rendering such as pertaining to newer and lighter animation and graphics techniques.
What can this mean for Web Tech?
What are Trends?
What can we predict from this?
- Jimmy Daly, (2013, August 16). A Visual History of Internet Explorer. Retrieved February 18, 2018, from https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2013/08/visual-history-internet-explorer
- What is Browser Wars? – Definition from Techopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2018, from https://www.techopedia.com/definition/27790/browser-wars
- Google, H. V. (n.d.). The evolution of the web. Retrieved February 18, 2018, from http://www.evolutionoftheweb.com/
- Veen, J. (1997, April 28). A Brief History of HTML. Retrieved February 18, 2018, from https://www.wired.com/1997/04/a-brief-history-of-html/
- The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2018, from http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/enabling/mosaic
- Baraniuk, C. (2014, October 15). Future – What will the internet look like in 2040? Retrieved February 18, 2018, from http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141015-will-we-fear-tomorrows-internet
- Braun, K. (2017, November 21). Eight Web Development Trends Coming In 2018. Retrieved February 18, 2018, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2017/11/16/eight-web-development-trends-coming-in-2018/