How to sell more in 2020? Make it easy to buy your product using a smartphone.
More and more people are shopping using a mobile device. Shopping online, we are looking for a fast and hassle-free experience and want a web app to be easy-to-use. Most importantly, we want our personal info to be safe. This is what web development trends 2020 mandate, and with the help of modern tech, businesses can cater to those needs.
For a business, it’s essential to stay on top of current trends in web development because it’s a way to reduce costs, provide customers with a tailored experience, and keep ahead of competitors. In this article, we go over trending web technologies which may have a significant impact on web development in the nearest future.
Web development trends: Front-end
Progressive web apps (PWA)
In a nutshell, PWA is a mobile application built into a browser. This kind of application has gained significant hype because they are less costly and allow to avoid going through the Apple Store or Google Play approval procedure.
PWA presents a lucrative solution for small businesses. For example, for a restaurant that needs an app that would feature order online and look-through-a-menu functionality, it makes sense to opt in for optimizing a website as a PWA. Mobile browsers today are sophisticated enough to create an app-like experience so users can shop conveniently using a browser. Building this kind of an app, developers can use the same tools as with a regular website: HTML, CSS, JS and any back-end of your choice. Thus, instead of hiring three different teams for iOS, Android and web development, you can build a team around a PWA stack, which is a great way to save costs on app development.
Single-page applications (SPA)
Developing an SPA is a way to create one-page websites that interact with a user by dynamically refreshing the contents of that single page rather than loading pages from the server as with traditional, multi-page applications. An SPA displays the key elements such as navigation bar, background, sign up form, while the rest will be loaded when necessary, in a response to the user’s actions. As such, an SPA boasts increased performance, while requiring less development time.
SPAs allow to build responsive websites that work on any device. Those rely on Angular and React frameworks, and thus can be used for hybrid app development.
The multi-language web is upon us, with WASM being the biggest contributor to the future trends.
WASM is a compilation target that allows deployment on the web and server applications. In a nutshell, with WASM developers can write code in any language they prefer (Java, Elixir, C/C++, Rust, Python. Go, C#, .NET) compile it to WASM file to run it on the web at a native speed. It’s currently supported by all major browsers.
When building a web application, user performance is usually pushed aside. With WebAssembly, you can compensate at what JS is not strong like the latency of apps that require numerical accuracy: Games, stocks and bond trading apps. WASM allows to do it without rewriting an entire code to use on the web.
Accessibility (a11y) consists of 13 letters, 11 of which are hidden. At the same time, the numeronym resembles the word “ally.”
This is a significant trend in web development of the nearest future. A11y measures how software or hardware is accessible to all people, including those with vision and hearing impairments, blindness, motor impairments, and situational disabilities. To comply with the a11y principle, developers need to find a way to configure software or hardware so people with disabilities can use it successfully. This principle concerns not only new websites but also updates for the existing ones.
When it comes to web development, a11y can be achieved by the following:
- large and customizable font
- high-contrast themes of web pages
- voice over function
- captions option for video
- shorthand records
- embedded text in images
- keyboard shortcuts (instead of mouse or touchpad)
Web development trends: Back-end
Web applications keep growing, and so do the requirements for these apps in terms of data consumption. GraphQL is a API request language and a standard for API development developed in 2012. Unlike its main contender, REST, GraphQL allows to receive the data you ask for through a single end-point. REST has several endpoints, thus extracting excessive data than necessary for a task. Thus, GraphQL is deemed to be faster and more effective. Additionally, GraphQL has open-source code, which presumes constant evolution. Today, a growing set of companies are adopting GraphQL, which is why this language has made its way onto this list.
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Rust is a language that boasts a vibrant developer community. Over the past few years, the language showed significant growth, and 2020 might become the year it will become the mainstay. Rust can potentially become a key language for kernel development. It focuses on security, and in particular, the security of concurrent computing. Rust has a lot in common with C++ but allowing for memory security while maintaining high performance.
According to the Hacker Rank developer skills report, we can say that React is the number one framework among web development trends in 2019. And it looks like React is only going to strengthen its positions over the next year.
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Vue is ranked as the second most loved web framework according to StackOverflow. It’s still one of the newest web technologies, but it has already inspired incredible followership over the past few years, mainly because it’s a lightweight, easy-to-use solution that boasts better performance.
Vue is easier to grasp, as opposed to React or Angular where one needs to be well-versed in the peculiarities to generate high-quality code. As a result, going with Vue can save time for development, maintenance and bug fixing. Vue comes with basic out-of-the-box functionality which can be extended with 3d-party services, without the need to process extra code. Finding developers with significant Vue experience can be a challenge now since this is the budding technology, but we are sure that this will likely to change given the positive feedback from the community.
Web development with NCube
If you have a project in mind and want to implement one of the trending solutions listed above, we at NCube can help you by building a team of web developers in Ukraine. Get in touch with us to discuss your project!