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On the Pulse: What's New in FrontEnd Development

In order to advance in any career, it’s important to keep up to date with new trends and upcoming changes to the industry. This is particularly true in the IT industry. With new technologies being developed regularly, it’s important for designers, developers and engineers to enhance their skill-set at every opportunity.


With many changes taking place in front-end development, there are great opportunities for IT professionals who are at the top of their game. With the best employers looking for new talent, keeping up with key trends in front-end development will ensure that you have access to the best job opportunities and outsourced projects.


With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the key trends expected to gain traction in 2017…


1. Conversational UI and advanced chat bots

Already a feature on many websites, the conversational user interface is likely to become more advanced and more efficient by the end of the year. With numerous interaction tools being released, there is plenty of scope for chat bots to provide a more personable and useful user experience.


Once the domain of UI or UX developers, successful front-end developers will need to incorporate these tools into their existing skill-set if they want to provide the best client service. As the need for conversational UI increases, front-end developers who have overlooked this development are likely to miss out on the top jobs.


2. Movement based interfaces

Whilst movement-based interfaces were often too slow to feature on mainstream sites, the increase in internet speeds and accessibility means that more and more companies will be incorporating movement-based interfaces into their front-end development.


Designed to catch the user’s eye and deliver information quickly, animation, movement and the use of videos are expected to increase. Whilst design will be crucial to the success of movement UI, companies will also expect seamless content delivery.


3. The evolution of JavaScript

Already the most popular form of tech used by full stack developers, Google’s redesign of their JavaScript framework means that front-end developers will need to become accustomed to the changes. Likely to remain the most popular language with front-end developers, JavaScript users will benefit from new tools. In addition to this, the new Yarn package is set to increase in popularity throughout the year. Providing access to NPM and Bower registries, Yarn claims to provide increased security, performance and consistency. If it delivers, Yarn could be popular with front-end devs and it may even replace NPM and Bower as the most used JavaScript package manager.


Whilst new developers may be tempted to focus on programming languages which are easier to learn, they could miss out on crucial job offers if they aren’t proficient in JavaScript.


With a new Angular framework already released, we’ve been promised regular updates throughout the year. Although Angular has been popular with app developers, its compatibility with videos and movement UI means that it’s likely to be used more often by front-end developers in the future. With movement UI likely to be high on the list of client demands, the new Angular framework will provide an effective way for developers to incorporate these tools into new designs.


4. Offline apps

The trend towards device-specific design will continue in 2017 but we’ll also see a new focus on offline applications. With companies keen to deliver consistent branding, effective design and usability on phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and Smart TVs, there will be plenty to keep front-end devs busy. However, businesses will also want to incorporate an offline presence in 2017.


With many apps currently requiring WiFi or data connectivity, a move towards offline capabilities will be a welcome change for users. Whilst many users will continue to benefit from a reliable and consistent internet connected, the introduction of widespread offline apps will mean users are less reliant on internet hubs and WiFi hotspots.


For developers who want to get ahead of the game, a focus on offline apps could mean that you’re at the front of the queue for new, advanced projects.


5. Static site generators

Although static site generators aren’t new, they have been somewhat overlooked in recent years. Whilst they generally have less capability than other sites, many tech experts believe we’ll see a rise in static site generators in 2017.


Running off files, rather than a database, means that sites and webpages can be generated quickly. In addition to this, static site generators provide improved security handling and the loading times of webpages can improve user XP.


With the popularity of CDNs and APIs continuing to rise, static site generators are benefiting from a resurgence and we’re likely to see much more of them throughout the year.


6. Internet of Things

In recent times, it seems that any product can be redesigned and redeveloped to incorporate internet capability. Rather than restricting internet use to computers and phones, most household appliances will feature some form of online connectivity.


Whilst much of the initial work in this area will be carried out by back-end developers and designers, front-end developers will, inevitably, be involved. Once the technology is in place, front-end devs will be required to incorporate it into existing sites and apps.


Although the Internet of Things is set to be a key trend in 2017, it’s also a technological advancement in its own right. Revolutionising the way we live our lives, the Internet of Things will only become more prolific as time goes on. It follows, therefore, that front-end developers with an interest or skill in this area will be in high demand in upcoming months and years.


7. Artificial intelligence

Although artificial intelligence has been on the cards for some time, recent advances have made it much more of a reality. Already in use by big tech companies, such as Google, artificial intelligence can be used to create sites quickly and easily.


With AI web design programs already available, these are likely to be updated and improved as the technology is refined. Destined to be a game-changer in the tech industry, artificial intelligence will be a need-to-know area for successful front-end developers.


Now that the tools required for AI development are easier to access, newer programs and innovative ways of using the technology are likely to hit the market in 2017.


Planning the future

Whilst there are standalone changes to front-end development in 2017, many of the upcoming key trends are indicative of a change in development and the tech industry as a whole. With new frameworks improving the applicability and usability of movement UI, it will be easier for front-end devs to meet client expectations. Similarly, the use of movement, combined with conversational UI and more advanced bots, highlights the move towards improved content and increased user interaction.


Although these trends will be popular in 2017, their influence won’t simply stop at the end of the year. As users become more reliant on technology in every aspect of their lives and the use of AI becomes more commonplace, these key trends are indicative of a changing digital landscape.


For successful front-end developers, enhancing their skills and increasing their familiarity with new tools and trends is essential. Whilst clients will want to incorporate these new trends quickly, they’re likely to become website ‘must-have’ features by the end of the year.


By honing their skills and increasing their expertise in niche areas, front-end developers can ensure that they are at the forefront of the industry. As new trends in front-end development begin to appear and increase in popularity, developers who stay ahead of the game and make innovative use of new technologies will benefit from best job opportunities and the most rewarding careers. If you're a forward thinking front end developer looking for your next challenge, you need to get Endorsedto chat direct with top employers in Germany. Get in touch to find out more

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