5 Web Development Trends Expected in 2017

We are well into the year 2017 and we can’t help wonder the internet has on our lives. All this would not have been possible without the millions of websites that constitute our web experience – from online shopping to hiring essential services to researching information or reading up on the latest news.

And the way we develop these websites and web apps changes year after year. So what are web developers looking to do in 2017? Which areas of web development are going to catch up in this year and become “trendy”?

We answer these questions in this blog were we have listed down 5 trends that will resonate with most web developers in this year.

1. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has come up a long way since its inception in the technology world. Moreover, it has undergone through a lot of advancements in the year 2016 and is predicted to reach new heights in the coming year as well. It’s basically about making machines and software programs think like humans using the logic that is programmed into them. All the tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are already into it. It can be employed for various functions. For example, Google uses it to improve their search engine while Wikipedia uses it to identify inaccurate and imprecise write-ups which need correction or removal. The face detection and other features which feel so humanly on Facebook is nothing but the use of artificial intelligence. For such a big platform, managing the task by humans would be impossible. Therefore, given the extent to which it can reduce human interference and the ability to be accessible to the user 24*7, this is surely going to be one of the top web development trends in 2017 and beyond.

2. Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) is about moving internet from mobile devices and PCs to things that weren’t actually meant to be connected to the internet. It can be anything including your home appliances like toasters and coffee making machines. Web developers are not supposed to build these appliances but the applications that would run them. Some companies have already started working on application programming interfaces which would help connect internet with internet of things and with the coming year, the development in this area is going to heat up further.

3. Static Website Generators

Static websites are hardly new. The first ever website original home page for the World Wide Web was static. Websites for a long time used to be static and built purely using HTML and CSS. But with increasing complexity and design, the demand for dynamic websites grew rapidly and the static websites gradually started getting deprecated with very limited usage. But why this buzzes all of a sudden about rebirth of static websites in 2017? Well, the dynamic websites do not cover all the realms of a website that effectively. That’s where the role of static website generators comes into the scene. Dynamic websites are prone to security exploits and caching gets notoriously difficult to handle. Hence, the use of static websites to complement these limitations has become the need of the hour. The static website generators are built on the concept of ‘Templating’, which allows a website to be split into layouts hence getting rid of repetition. With the browsers becoming more powerful than ever before, static website generators are going to play a vital role in building large websites.

4. Angular 2 and Ionic

If you are a web developer working only on jQuery, Bootstrap, Webpack (may be a few other small Javascript libraries) and you have a major web development project in line for 2017, you need to get agreement on a suitable Javascript Framework soon. There is a long list of frameworks out there which follows the MVC structure thus giving your code a good balance between maintainability and performance. But among all these, Angular has proven itself to be the most trendy framework in past 3 years outscoring all others with its unique features like data-binding capability and dependency injections. Moreover, it is built by Google and going to stay for long unlike other frameworks. It is easy to learn for developers and has a huge community to come handy when in trouble. With the advent of Ionic framework (a Hybrid Mobile Framework built on Angular) and its second version (Angular 2), Angular has definitely gained a few more steps ahead and is no doubt a proficient technology to look forward to.

5. Real time apps

The contemporary fast moving world demands everything real time. Companies are constantly working on making their customer experiences better by collecting their information in real time and using them for location-based marketing, health and safety, intrusion detection, and automatic customer support.  Recent developments in open source technologies and high speed internet have made it easier for both the companies and customers to get rid of the challenges which were once there in receiving and transmitting real-time data. Rethinkdb is also getting popular nowadays helping in building amazing realtime apps with dramatically less engineering efforts. Google Docs, Trello and Quora have pioneered the real time experience on web and definitely 2017 awaits many more such real time apps.

6. Conclusion

These five by no means capture all the latest development happening in the web development world, but will surely give you an indication of where the internet is moving – more automation, lesser human involvement and faster processes. Anything that contributes to this mega trend will remain in vogue for some years to some, or at least till we see any real disruption.

Mr. Maulik Shah is the founder & CEO of Biztech IT Consultancy Pvt Ltd., one of the leading web design and Development Companies in India. He also runs Biztech Blog, where he shares insights from the world of ecommerce and other web based technologies. Find us on FB, twitter & LinkedIn.