The Future of Web Development

The internet became available to the citizens of The United States in 1995. The World Wide Web grew in popularity quickly. Everyone knew about the internet, but not many of them knew how this life changing invention was developed. I am willing to bet no one knew that 20 years later anyone with a laptop or computer could develop their own website. Over the years, the website development process has dramatically changed. As the website development changes, the layout changes as well. The colors change, the devices used change, and eventually coding will change as well. The world as we know it is constantly changing, however, the World Wide Web is also constantly changing as well. As time passes, the web becomes more and more simple to understand and use. There are so many questions being asked about the technology and how the web currently works. However, the question on everyone’s mind is what will web development be like in the future? Web development will change the way users browse the internet in the future because the layout of the website is becoming simpler to use, the semantic web will deliver precise answers, and the coding will become simpler due to the use of JavaScript.

Future of Web Development

Future of Web Development

Today, the web pages one would view while roaming the web are clean, organized, spacious, and well thought out. However, this is not how they always were. They were once cluttered, over colored, randomly placed together, and the layout is unbearable to anyone in today’s age of web development. The website layout has changed over the course of twenty years. For example, in 1197 when apple designed its first website the page was not only extremely cluttered, but confusing, and also too colorful. The web page was covered in red, the apple symbol was six different colors, and there was blue and orange advertisement. Today, the apple website is spacious, white and black with a little blue, easy to look at, simple to look at and understand, and the images are thoughtfully placed. In the future, this website likely to become even more simple and easy to read. The layout on laptops will look the same on a cell phone. It will become even easier to find what you desire online. The future of the website layout will determine how many people use the site, understand it, and find it simple to navigate it. There is no possible way to be able to tell where the future of website design will lead. However, seeing the way it has changed over the years, we believe the web will continue to have color. The colors will match perfectly, the layout will be simple, clean, and easy to see. Websites will look pleasing to the eye and draw just about anyone in. Of course these web pages will be viewed on devices other than a laptop or computer. They will be seen on a cell phone, tablet, and even television. They must still then be able to answer the questions asked via other device. Whether one is asking Google, Siri, or Samsung.

One of most exciting changes to come when talking about the future of web development is the semantic web coming of age. Almost everyone has picked up their smartphone or computer and asked it a question, even if it was just to see what it says, and if you have you know that it is hard to get the answer to the question you are looking for. Whether your question is too detailed, or just worded in way that makes it hard for your device to understand, the answer you get is usually not all that helpful. Thanks to the developments in machine learning, this will soon be a thing of the past. Computers will become better at understanding the meaning, and the intent of what a user is asking, letting them effectively connect users to the content on the web that is related to the question asked. This may even allow computers to one day be able to directly answer the questions users ask, not just connect them with content that is related. This means web developers like Google can diminish the importance of keywords and focus more on perfecting the content, and giving users the best possible experience when using their sites. And once computers are equipped with semantics they will be able to solve complex semantic optimization problems themselves. This will all assist web developers when creating content for their sites. This may seem like an idea for the distant future, but the building blocks for a semantic web are already here. Things like RDF, OWL and microformats are some of these and these are things we have today. Now it will take some time to take all the world’s information and annotate it, and also capture personal information in the right way, but there are companies out there working on this as we speak. Hakia and Powerset and AdaptiveBlue are a couple of these companies, and they are trying to find ways to implement the Semantic Web already. Now both of these companies are a ways off from completion, somewhere in the neighborhood of a few years, but it is in the works. This will change web development as we know it.

As you can see while some of the trends coming to web development may be complex, a great deal of them are geared towards simplifying the way the web is seen and used. This is where JavaScript comes in. Now while there may be a lot of languages used in web development today a lot of web developers believe JavaScript may become the universal language when programing. JavaScript is already an extremely popular language in web development and its popularity is growing, and there doesn’t seem to be an end to this trend in sight. There are a lot of reasons why it is on track to be the dominant language in web development, so let’s talk about why JavaScript is so popular. The first reason, and likely one of the biggest, is because it is easy to learn. A lot of this is due to how flexible it is and how much is handled by the browser. Things like unloading and loading content, compiling, and setting primitive data types are easier to deal with because the browser handles the heavy lifting involved. It is also very easy to edit, because it is just simple text you don’t need a compiler or any expensive software to write it, you just need a plain text editor. There are also a lot of tools available with JavaScript, one very popular one being the ability to press f12 and see the coding behind your favorite sites. This list can go on and on but the point is there are reasons why JavaScript is so popular, and these will keep it popular in the future of web development. It is even being called a “natural fit for the web” by some because of how the web is changing, and how well it fits into these changes. JavaScript, once called clumsy and unpopular, is the future of web development languages.

As you can see the World Wide Web has changed a great deal since its initial release in 1955, and web developing with it, but it will continue to change and evolve. There is no way to tell just how far the web will evolve, but we gave you a look at just a few of the changes to come to the web, and how they will affect web development. The layouts may be one of the biggest changes to come, probably the most noticeable being the single page for every device, and those changes will make web development simpler in a lot of ways. Then again maybe the change in the semantic web will be the biggest change to come, with AI and response technologies evolving there is definitely some amazing changes to come. And last but definitely not least, the change that every web developer needs to keep in mind, will JavaScript become the universal language of web development. Each of these things is a huge change and has the potential to change things as web developers see them now, and yet these are just a few of the changes it looks like web developers will see in the near future. With computers getting smarter, and technology in general becoming more and more advanced, web development is an exciting field to be in and I can’t wait to see these changes come to pass.

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