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Top Web Technologies That Will Transform Web Development

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Web development trends are always evolving. In a digitally competitive market, keeping up with the latest trends is inevitable for growth. There are 1.8 billion websites on the internet today. While a website is an essential entity for a digitally equipped business, a good website always stands out from the crowd. Developers are always on the lookout for the newest technologies that would make a website better, faster, and smarter. 

Most websites and apps are primarily built on three languages- HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. These languages are the cornerstone of web development and they are continually advancing, expanding the paradigm of web development. 

Here are the latest updates in web development that every digital business must know:

No-code and low-code

No-code and low-code will become essential tools for developers to streamline workflows and reduce workloads. These tools enable website applications to be built without complex code. Low-code is a software that can be fully customized with a minimal amount of programming. No-code software, on the other hand, allows anyone to tailor an application to their needs without any programming knowledge. Such user-friendly applications will fuel web development trends in the future. Gartner forecasts that low-code application platforms will account for 65% of all app development by 2024. Salesforce and Zoho are prime examples of low-code platforms. Pipedrive and Airtable are examples of no-code platforms.

AI and machine learning

Acceleration of AI and machine learning adoption in the tech industry will enhance web development practices. Natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) frameworks are being widely used by companies to analyse customer preferences, search history, and location. Such insights are helping developers to design better web applications that suit the customers’ needs. Companies like Amazon use AI and ML to make personalised product recommendations while Youtube uses NLP to create subtitles from the audio of a video automatically. 

Single page applications

SPAs are gaining traction. SPA works within a browser and does not require page reloading during usage. They are fast and easy to develop and debug. They serve excellent UX, the lack of reloads means there is no waiting time. This improves user experience and customer satisfaction. SPA has the advantage of allowing developers to use the same code for web applications and native mobile applications, thus making app development easier and faster. Examples of single page applications are Gmail, Facebook, Google Maps, and GitHub.

Motion UI

Motion UI is an up and coming trend in web development and design and it’s enabling animation implementation superbly quick and efficient. Motion UI can be used to create CSS animations. Along with standard, one-time animations Motion UI also allows developers to animate multiple items in a specified series. It can increase user engagement and provide better user experience to customers. Motion UI techniques can be used to guide users through an app or website with animations as well as react to user’s gestures through attractive animations. 

Micro frontends

Micro frontends architecture is helping developers to add new features and frontend functionalities to the applications without affecting the existing code. Micro frontends have evolved from microservices and aim to bring flexibility and agility in monolithic backends. Micro frontend codebases are naturally small and easier to manage. It also promotes reusability across process and case management. Companies can take case management functionalities and use common elements to create new workflows thereby saving time and effort. With micro frontend, multiple teams can work on multiple components and compile them together to build a great application.

WebAssembly

WebAssembly technology, a new language, is an improvement to the standardised JavaScript. WebAssembly code defines AST (Abstract Syntax Tree) in a binary format. It allows code in any programming language to be compiled into bytecode, which runs in a browser. WebAssembly, unlike JavaScript, does not slow down on heavy calculations. WebAssembly is independent of programming language, platform, and hardware; it executes code faster and provides a high level of security. It has the ability to improve web performance and enhance user experience.

Serverless architecture

Serverless architecture is a software design pattern where applications are hosted by a third-party service which eliminates the need for server software and hardware management by the developer. Virtual servers from cloud services like Amazon and Microsoft eliminates the need for physical hardware concerns. With serverless architecture, developers can focus on the functionalities of the application code while cloud services manage all the physical hardware. It reduces development and ongoing support budgets, strengthens app architecture, and increases flexibility. Serverless technologies can help enterprises to avoid system overloading, data loss, and expensive application development. 

Final Thoughts

New web technologies can improve web development processes. Taking advantage of these new updates can help businesses to reduce drag and optimise the process. At Alkye, we provide web and app development services to help businesses build their online presence and grow their business.