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The Future Of Web Development – Part 1

Web development being a set of  technologies , practices and institutes, consists of hardware ( specifically consumer devices ) and the limitless pursuit of financial gain. In the last few years , there has been an influx in the diversity of consumer devices such as smart watches , smart glasses , smart speakers , smart TVs , foldable smartphones among others. In this era of IoT (Internet Of Things ) , it is hardly surprising to see smart devices joining the foray.

This greater diversity of devices translates  to a greater diversity for platforms and types and shapes of inputs and outputs. The days of a single web app or website for limited range of devices and equipped with  a square and large screen and a web browser are long gone.

The aim being to get maximum usage of the web apps , they must be made available to a huge and an unpredictable range of devices. They need to be built in a way that enables customization into an existing device and also made ready for the next new thing.

Web development is expensive. There is a shortage of web developers and the demand keeps rising. It is estimated that by 2026 , millions of software developer roles will be created , which translates to  more money being expended on labor costs.

Thus far , the market has reacted with some limitations. There has been a rise in drag – and – drop – low – code kinds of platforms that aim towards low – skilled programmers and implementers. Google App Maker , Microsoft Power Apps and web design platforms like Wix are just but a few. As good as these platforms may be , they are a far from being the needed solution to the problem considering they have limitations in their application.  If these current trends do not change , there is going to be a challenge with expensive software and bad code that is written by unqualified developers which will turn out to be bad software.

Writing code is challenging. It is getting harder and harder to keep up with increasing diversification of devices. Every coding job needs an expert. Every task requires dealing with obscure and fragile code.

The future of JavaScript – based web development is a rich , complex and rapidly evolving ecosystem. Every job will need mastery of a variety of tools , technologies and architectures.

Writing web apps requires fantastic work. There are so many things to put into csonideration that could make the entire app to fail. An outsider in the field of web development may be fooled into believing that modern web apps are like LEGO – made of atomic blocks of code , where each is able to function on its own, each is easily replaceable. While apps are built in a modular fashion , they are only so on the surface. Modules or components are reliant upon many other pieces of code in the hositing project , the  project compiler and repositories,

The future lies in  real components. The tremendous success of component driven frontEnd frameworks like React , the conception of standard component models , the growth of tools built for the components , the increase in popularity of back – end architecture , the move towards more modular repositories and the emphasis on functional programming.

Components are likely to create a new role in the industry – component architects. Engineers will deal with concrete data , ensuring it is written correctly  and fully optimized.

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