Web Application Development Trends in 2014
There are numerous web application trends presented this year. Some of them are a sheer call of fashion, while others refer to serious industry developments and are worth mentioning.
More Video. Almost any web-resource contains a video. Most of these resources include direct links to popular video hostages which take care of all the details: bandwidth, storage and correct formats. The advent of HTML5 video technologies has seriously affected web development. Custom HTML5 video tags in the website code are replacing traditional rendering from YouTube or Vimeo. Now the owner of the web resource can provide a consistent and browser-friendly video flow. Besides, he or she can fully control it and make it suit the overall design of the resource.
More Communication. WebRTC technologies provide a simple way of communication via usual browsers without additional plug-ins and installs. Most web applications need some communication solution for client support services, collaboration architecture, teaching sessions, or just a user chat. WebRTC is free and easy to use. So, it is a natural way out both for small companies and individuals who are in need of a communication channel. Moreover, it’s a strong advantage for big enterprises which can save huge sums. Real time communication becomes a must for virtually any web app.
Design. Responsive design may become an industry standard due to a rising number of gadgets used to navigate the Web. Smartphones and tablets did provide a range of issues for web developers because of a number of available platforms, screen resolution and size diversity. However, that’s not the end. The emerging alternative devices are even more challenging: glasses, watches, TV-sets, cars, refrigerators etc. A web resource should easily adjust to any of them, while mobile versions of web resources are doomed.
This year has also brought several very specific design ideas which caught both users and developers. Flat UI is back again like in good old days. The reason for that is evident. Everything must be comprehensible and convenient for a person who has just got a tablet or a smartphone. Inexperienced users want to find their way about an app easily, and web developers help them do it. Parallax Scrolling and CSS3 3D transforms add depth to modern web sites. Drag-and-drop interfaces allow users to alter the web site layout to their liking.
Devices. Software application development can pose difficulties if we take into account all the emerging types of user devices. However, the situation becomes even more challenging if we add the enterprise section to the equation. BYOD movement is on the rise. Employees are ready to use their corporate resources not only in closed secured environments, but anywhere they find it convenient. That instigates a complete revamp of the very idea of an enterprise application. An easy access from virtually any device is important. Secured connections are obligatory. A user and device-friendly design would be helpful, while new functionalities will contribute to employees’ performance and achievements. All these challenges provide new opportunities for skillful and open-minded software developers.
2014 web application development trends are quite in line with the general tendency of the previous years. Apps are becoming more content and media rich. The interface is getting friendlier. Users’ functionalities are growing in number, while using them turns into being a piece of cake.