5 Top Web Development Trends

What to watch in the web world this this year? If you want to know more take at look at our blog on the 5 Top Languages in 2017.  Welcome to the latest news from TalkIT.

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5 Top Web Development Trends

1.    Using Artificial Intelligence to create websites

2.    The evolution of JavaScript

3.    Internet of Things

4.    Ruby on Rails

5.    The next generation of Angular JS



Using Artificial Intelligence to create websites


There has been a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence recently. Some of it focuses on the threats such as job losses. But AI can also be used to automate the production of websites. These programs are already used successfully by Google and Wikipedia. One popular web design program The Grid allows non experts to create polished websites. This uses an artificial intelligence program named Molly. This quick webinar will guide you through the process of how to build your website using The Grid platform.

No doubt this technology will spread as it increases in power and ability. There are obvious economic advantages in having an AI designer available for 24 hours a day.


The evolution of JavaScript

At TalkIT we often get asked “Which programming language should I learn?” This is a difficult question to answer, but JavaScript remains the required language for web development. There’s is now even more buzz around JavaScript. Even though not easy to learn, it is the most popular technology used by full stack developers

JavaScript Evolution

Here are the new features in the 2016 and 2017 JavaScript specification.  If you want to learn JavaScript, start with one of our online courses.

Over the last year, we’ve also seen the ascent of TypeScript. This statically typed language compiles to JavaScript. So you can work with existing JavaScript code, incorporate JS libraries, and call TypeScript code from JavaScript. Fab!


Internet of Things

The internet is spreading from our computers and mobile phones to our household appliances, cars and other devices.Internet of Things

There is an increasing demand for the internet to allow us to control every aspect of our lives, often  from apps on our smart phones. The use of voice interfaces will increase. So get used to talking (and listening) to your devices. All this will require much more software and many more software developers.

We can now remotely turn on our heating or set timers on our lights to ensure they are shining welcomingly when we get home from work. The founder of FaceBook, Mark Zuckerberg, has demonstrated what is possible. He built an AI-based bot which runs his home. This allows him to control various devices (cameras, toaster), home systems (like lights, doors, and thermostat) through a messenger bot and an iOS Voice app.

To learn more you can read Mark’s article here.

The internet is expanding in to all corners of our lives. This gives hackers have a whole new world to play with. So if you’re getting into this field of development in 2017, make sure your code is as secure as possible!

Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails 5 (released in June 2016) is set to become much more popular throughout 2017. Ruby on Rails, or simply Rails, is a server-side web application framework. Rails is a model–view–controller (MVC) framework, providing default structures for a database, a web service, and web pages. It encourages and facilitates the use of web standards such as JSON or XML for data transfer, and HTML, CSS and JavaScript for display and user interfacing.Ruby

Even though is has been around since 2005, Rails initially seemed unable to make a real impact on web development. But the ease and variety of features within Rails 5 including Turbolinks 5 and ActionCable is quickly increasing its influence.

Turbolinks 5 allow you to create single page applications (SPAs) directly from the Rails stack. Client-side JavaScript frameworks are no longer required.

With performance enhancements and improved aesthetic flexibility, Ruby on Rails 5 allows web developers to focus more on the overall appearance of the website. The framework itself fiddles around with all the behind-the-scenes messiness.

The next generation of Angular JS

Initially released in 2016, this Angular update introduces a newly redesigned JavaScript Framework.Angular JS

Angular 2 is a complete JavaScript-based open-source front-end web application framework mainly maintained by Google and by a community of individuals. Angular 2 (with TypeScript ) is true object oriented web development to the mainstream, that is strikingly close to other server side languages such as C# and Java 8.

It is also expected to be more regularly updated and tweaked, with one significant update being promised every six months. It offers developers cutting edge of website building technology.

It’s most commonly used by app developers thanks to its compatibility with videos, animation, and other non-static documents.

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