In this age of IT technologies development, you just can't stand aside and observe. You have to be at the center of events. It is necessary to get knowledge from all relevant sources and always be up-to-date if you do not want to be backwards
Here's my list of the main players that I think will reshape the tech landscape in 2017!
Whenever you talk about the future of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) is always high on the agenda. But right now, I think it is actually justified. A lot of advances have been made in the field of AI in the last year.
Some of the biggest tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook, have been releasing their AI technology to be used by the public. Artificial intelligence is already used by large applications, either to improve search engines, like in Google’s case, or in Wikipedia's case to identify inaccurate or damaged articles. With easier access to the necessary tools for AI development, we can expect developers to start using AI in new and different ways in the new year.
Another topic that always seems to surface when discussing the future of technology is virtual reality or VR. This trend has already started to sweep the gaming industry. The Oculus Rift and the Vive bring new and interesting possibilities to the world of gaming, but it won’t stop there.
Companies including Google and Mozilla have begun work on APIs to help VR technology transition to the web. As standards develop, we expect more and more applications to be developed using VR technologies.
In the coming year, we'll see virtual reality in various applications, ranging from news coverage, to virtual real estate tours.
The internet of things is a movement where typically non-internet-connected objects are given network connectivity in order to send and receive data. These objects can range from your toaster or kettle, to sensors on motors or sensors embedded in concrete to detect cracks and weaknesses.
Web developers may not be directly involved in the creation of such devices. However, it's likely we'll be involved in the development of applications that use, analyse and display the devices’ data. Companies such as Xively and BugLabs have already started working on APIs that can be used by developers to communicate with IoT devices.
Though IoT brings a lot of opportunity for innovation, some concerns have been raised, especially around security. No doubt web developers will have interesting challenges to face - helping to protect our fittings and furnishings from hackers.
Static website generators create websites from plain text, usually stored in files and not in databases. In certain situations, static websites built by generators such as Jekyll, allow for some advantages, such as increased speed, security, ease of deployment and their handling of traffic surges. However, they have no real time content or user content (such as comments), which have become a “must” on the web today.
As Content Delivery Networks and APIs become more and more the way of life of the web and make it easier for content and templates to be deployed, many devs think static site generators might be an interesting area to watch in the coming year.
Separating the templates and markup from the “full stack” way of thinking might just make static site generators the “it” thing again.
Along with its release, Angular now has a more defined and regular release schedule. As they explain in this post, they intend to release three minor updates and one major update every 6 months, which means that we're sure to see a lot more changes in this widely popular framework.
2017 is likely to bring some very interesting developments in web technologies, and I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what it holds in store for us!