With technology one thing is for sure, it’s always progressing! So what does this year have in store for those of us in the tech community?
We caught up with Oli Ward (pictured right), founder of and instructor for digital training company Develop Me, to pick his brains, specifically focussing on what we can expect from upcoming web technologies in 2016. Here are a few pointers for the emerging online tech Oli thinks it’s worth keeping on top of:
“Service Workers will allow us to give more user-friendly offline experiences”
This is an emerging browser feature that many don’t seem aware of. Service Workers will allow us to give more user-friendly offline experiences, use push notifications (like a mobile app!) and background data synchronization. For example, a site can pre-fetch your daily news for your commute to work (also like a mobile app!).
Service worker is currently supported by Chrome, the newest version of Firefox and Opera, and (hopefully) will be coming to Edge (previously Internet Explorer) and Safari soon.
HTTP/2 is a major revision of the web’s fundamental protocol, much needed due to the significant evolution of how we use the web since HTTP/1.1 was first used fifteen years ago.
This updated protocol should give speed and other performance improvements to web experiences.
This is driven by web experiences becoming increasingly application-like, whether on mobile or desktop, and users expecting fast and responsive experiences.
By ‘responsive’ I mean applications that update in real-time, and are able to update parts of the interface without needing to reload the entire page. Think about using Google Spreadsheet in the browser, or hitting the “Follow” button on the Twitter app – you don’t see a page reload each time you do something.
There has also been a paradigm shift with Node.js, and truly, this is a time where that phrase is appropriate!
Node is an asynchronous, event-driven framework that allows fast and highly scalable data-driven applications to be built.
And, to confirm that these trends are significant, the new WordPress.com codebase, codenamed “Calypso“, has moved WordPress.com away from MySQL and PHP, instead using Node.js on the server to build the initial web page and React.js to built the interface.
Thank you Oli for sharing! This is an abstract from a longer blog post: head to the ADLIB website to read the full article, including points about: from 4G to 5G and ad blocking. For more information on Develop Me’s workshops for technical teams, including its 3 month junior developer training programme visit the Develop Me website.