App Development Trends Setting Off the New Year

In the last year we saw the emergence of some dynamic new trends which could potentially disrupt the app development industry as we have come to know it. Below we will outline two of the most noteworthy.

JavaScript

Any app developer worth his salt knows JavaScript is progressing into a first-rate programming language which far exceeds its web based origins. This was further substantiated with the arrival of React Native, Facebooks React framework for developing fully native mobile applications for both iOS and Android. What makes React so different is its attempt to tackle the fact that most app developments utilizing a cross-platform framework often end up never feeling fully ‘native’ when it comes to performance. There is a serious lacking in the ‘write once, run anywhere’ mentality, which is why native remains the preferred approach for app development in most cases given its fluidity. With React, however, app developers can utilize a ‘learn once, write anywhere’ mentality where upon mastering the coding methodologies they can apply them by coding an iOS app in one separate project and a similar app for Android in another utilizing the same technology. While it is still maturing, we should see its use grow exponentially in the coming year.

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Progressive Web

For years there has been an unrelenting debate as to which is the more ideal approach to applications, web versus native, which has yet to be truly resolved. In the meantime, however, we have seen the rise of a new technology referred to as progressive web. Google describes a progressive web application as a “web app [which] uses modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like user experience,” the idea being to bridge the gap between the two technologies in ways in which hybrid app technologies have failed. Progressive apps start as tabs in Chrome and become increasingly more app-like the more you interact with them, hence their namesake. They can also have to capability of accessing app like properties like notifications and availability offline. Keep an eye out for progressive web app developments in the coming year.