Here are our top 7 picks of web development trends of 2020. Every year, web development models adapt to new changes in the market. There has been a lot many changes in the last decade, and we predict some of the best emerging web development techniques in this blog.
1. Use of components as a model
Components are considered the basis of progressive web development. It allows developers to build complex web applications from custom made elements. Components have a native implementation to improve user experience, and it solves many other challenges that previously prevented components from being widely used beyond the enterprise level. Platforms such as Bootstrap, React, and Angular allows developers to leverage this approach on the server-side successfully.
We expect in the 2020s, the component concept to grow into a web development standard.
2. Edge Computing
Cloud computing is growing exponentially with Google Cloud, AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure leading the space. It is a perfect fit for thousands of companies today, and there are still many emerging technologies that require a different approach to information processing. IoT systems, automation, AR, and other such emerging technologies rely on high-performance computing. These require a lower latency to show their full potential than cloud computing can provide today. These technologies increase the applications of edge computing and its capabilities.
Edge computing is a distributed computing paradigm that can help IoT and the related tech bypass high latency of cloud computing. It brings data storage and processing to happen within the device itself, while the rest is executed in the distributed cloud. Edge computing enabled devices become small, local data centers capable of efficiently processing data in remote locations with limited or no connectivity to the cloud.
Edge computing help companies;
- To keep the traffic local and distributed to improve response times
- Save bandwidth, and lower bandwidth costs
- Take autonomy over their hardware & software solutions
- Superior interconnectivity,
A popular example of edge computing is Amazon’s PrimeAir and their delivery drones. Drones, industrial and social robots, autonomous vehicles, as well as various automated systems, all benefit from the infrastructure optimization brought by edge computing.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is considered one of the most transformative technology of our times. Companies are still figuring out its applications and how they can use AI to improve the customer experience and to streamline their business operations. In 2020, we expect an upward trend where people gets used to working alongside AIso, companies designing and deploying own AI-based systems.
AI continues to be an expensive feature most companies and this has given rise to AI-as-a-service platforms. These platforms provide companies to input data and pay for the algorithms or compute resources for using the results. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, are again the leading players in this space, and custom-engineering is required to apply them to the specific tasks an organization may require. For 2020, we expect to see wider adoption and more AI-as-a-service providers to offer more tailored applications and services for specific or specialized tasks.
4. Modular design and low development costs
Creating a modular design web page can be like building with a lego set. Each piece should interlock with one another without worrying about how to rebuild the shape of the lego piece. Modular design allows developers to reuse components and modules to create a web page rather than creating a web page using a restrictive template. Visually, modular design is a step up from templates. Developers can use it to create content blocks to display information is a powerful way.
5. Responsiveness, Accelerated mobile pages and load speed
Google’s AMP is another feature that we expect to get adopted more in 2020. The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) by Google aims to encourage and enable business leaders to develop websites that load instantaneously and work smoothly on mobile devices. While switching to AMP is considered a complicated task, its promise of a smaller load time might make it worth the effort. If AMP pages can load your website in 0.7 seconds rather than five, ten, 15, or even 20 seconds, then switching might make sense. A smaller load time can drive higher engagement and brand awareness of your website, which makes the AMP highly desirable feature for 2020.
6. API-first design and streamlined workloads
With the rise of the IoT, our mobile devices, homes, cars, gaming systems, wearable tech, and laptops are all connected. A connected world requires each application to have more and more APIs. This can offer a lot of convenience for the user. But all of those connections can get a bit dicey if the developer starts building the application in the wrong place. Traditionally, developers start with the user and build from there. They design the application and add in the appropriate APIs after the fact.
The back-end team starts working on an API, and once it’s finished, they give the API to front-end team for testing. At the same time, the front-end team works to build SDKs to test and double-check the API’s interactions.
There’s a problem, though. This means that front-end developers are waiting on back-end developers and the process often takes an inordinate amount of time and coordination.
To ensure a streamlined workload, these principles of API First Design can help you:
1. Your API is the first user interface of your application, build it first keeping the user in mind
2. Your implementation can change frequently, your API should not.
3. Your API is self-descriptive, usable API documentation is a prerequisite.
7. Motion UI and suffering attention spans
In UI/UX we expect motion UI to gain some hold in web development. As the attention span of users are getting lower and with the internet is getting more distracting – it’ll be a challenge for designers to keep the users interested in your business. Motion UI can grab visitor attention and keep them engaged. It involves many transition effects used in a number of Foundation components, including Toggler, Reveal, and Orbit.
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