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December 18, 2014
When I was about 11 years old I saw some guy walking his dog in the park while making a call with his cellular phone. My mother and I both agreed that it looked stupid and no sane person would ever need to own a phone to make calls while walking your dog. If you need to talk to someone just use a phone booth. It soon became quite obvious that a career as a prophet wasn’t aligned in the stars for me. However, 18 years later, I feel the urge to give it another shot.
If you look at web and tech, 2014 gave us more flat designed websites, better responsive designs, wearables became more popular and Nokia was sold to Microsoft.
For me, as a front-end developer, 2014 has brought me
srcset and the
<picture> element, HTML5 became a recommended standard (finally) and IE8 usage gradually declined (yay!).
But what will change in 2015? I’ve made a few predictions, of which maybe one or two will come true. A bit of a warning, some of them (numbers 2, 3 & 9) are really front-end oriented.
Ever since Microsoft announced that they were dropping support for Windows XP on April 2014, IE8 has seen a gradual decline in users. Thus, for some lucky developers, Internet Explorer 8 has already left the to-support list.
In 2015, even more projects will stop supporting IE8 because of the declining user base. And with that, all desktop browsers will have an auto-update feature build in. IE9 and IE10 already have about the same (sometimes less) users as IE8. This means that sometime next we we can develop most project for the latest browser versions. This will mean a lot less developing, testing, bugfixing and frustrations.
I think this will really be the year that Facebook will plummet. Younger people are already using different social media for a while now. They use Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Whatsapp, etc. Maybe next year will be the year for the niche social media, like Ello or Tsu. But Google+ could become suddenly popular, like Twitter did a couple of years ago. Or maybe even Bebo, Qzone or LINE.
There is a big challenge: . A lot ofMost Almost no website is optimized for TVs. This means that you will get the same site as you get on your desktop. But the problem is that you sit a lot further away and TVs don’t have the same processing power as other devices. TVs should get their own site experience: larger fonts, less content, less animations, big buttons, etc.
The sad truth is that if Apple creates something, people will buy it. But maybe that only works if the product is prepended with an ‘i’. Apple’s Pippin didn’t really work out. Anyway, the Apple Watch will probably be a success and other manufacturers will profit from it. Even toy stores will soon sell smart watches for kids (though I liked this one better).
I don’t like it, but I’ll manage.
“it’s about giving/ exposing primitives so developers can extend various parts of the platform”Web Components), data storage (Service Workers) and even the specs itself (specs.webplatform.org, still a work in progress). There is an Extensible Web Manifesto if you are interested in reading more about it.