Technology changes constantly, so to be at the top of your game as a web developer, it’s vital you’re keeping up.

It can be confusing and discerning when so many updates and developments are being released every few weeks. With 2017 just getting started, we’ve put together some information about the anticipated trends for this upcoming year and some advice about what areas of development you should be focusing on.

Discussing new frameworks, techniques, and tools which are all working to enhance UX, consider this blog your one-stop-shop for all things 2017!

There is no saying to when the next trend is due or when will a new development technique just emerge and make you want to rethink the entire development strategy. There are, however, a few emerging web development trends that will surely dominate the year of 2017 and beyond.

And as a Web Developer, there is always a constant need to stay updated with the latest web development trends because the latest trends always provide the users with better functionalities. Read on to know the web development trends that would rule the last quarter of 2017 and 2018.

1. Materialize CSS Framework

Materialize CSS framework, a mixture of CSS SasS and JavaScript framework is an open source framework that works on user experience by merging simplicity and cleanness of flat design with the real world using motion to build a bridge between web design and the real world.

This UX framework governs the look and performance of individual elements on the website. And while it has many components that aren’t rich as Bootstrap, it does provide many components that Bootstrap doesn’t, like Parallax and Toast.

Materialize CSS framework is compatible with all the modern browsers and it takes care of basic styling, custom components, transitions and animations to give a better user experience.

2.Using Artificial Intelligence to create websites & apps

Artificial intelligence programs are already used successfully by Google and Wikipedia, the technology is more than within our grasp to allow us to develop software which can think and act as a human without requiring the manpower.

No doubt more web developers will develop these types of programs, each one widening the scope of technology’s ability and power.

One of their most prolific uses already is for web design programs, such as The Grid, which allows amateurs to produce some pretty slick websites by using an artificial intelligence program named Molly.

3.Bots & the role of conversational UI

Bots are there to make our life easier and our experiences more personable (or at least they should). Bots are interesting from various standpoints and use cases.

Chris Messina already predicted in 2016 that 2016 will be the year of conversational commerce. As messaging platforms become more and more popular, its role and influence on web design and web development can no longer be neglected.

Therefore the design and development of conversational UI will become an important topic for developers in 2017.

Let me give you a couple of use cases on where bots can be utilized by web developers:

Conversational UI on websites

Websites are starting to jump on the UI trend of conversational interfaces. First websites, designed with a “conversation first” approach already pop up and seem to become increasingly popular.

4.PHP 7 and Above

PHP7 is a scripting language that is slowly turning out to be the developers’ favorite one. It is not only free and simple, but it also works great with Content Management Systems.

A code created in PHP will let a developer integrate the platform across various platforms. It is flexible, scalable, offers various extensions and add-ons, is embeddable and offers various frameworks. Other than that, it supports both database management systems and open source databases.

In this era where anything that is easy, simple and free (or cheap) and yet delivers exceptional results is worshipped. WordPress, the Content Management System that powers over 27% of the internet uses the PHP server-side programming language. GeekWire has a beautiful website built on PHP7.

PHP server-side programming language is used by 82.6% of the websites.

5.Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails 5 – released in June 2016, Rails 5 is set to become much more popular throughout 2017.

Around since 2005, Rails 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 making it a firm favorite with web developers.

Turbolinks 5 allow you to create single page applications directly from the Rails stack. No need for client-side JavaScript frameworks.

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

6.The next generation of Angular JS

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

It is also expected to be more regularly updated and tweaked, with one significant update being promised every six months, therefore offering developers who use it never-ending abilities at the 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.

There’s a lot to come in 2017.

It’s all about improving the UX and UI when it comes to development in 2017. Every new feature which graces the web, our smartphones, and even our household electrics is there to make our lives easier, simpler, and ultimately better.

As a web developer, it’s your job to make these changes as seamless, user-friendly, and practical as possible. Good luck!

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