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6 Front-End Development Trends to Get You Ready for 2020

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6 Front-End Development Trends to Get You Ready for 2020

The world of JavaScript is rapidly developing (pun intended).

When you are not on top of every new technology or tool being released, you can quickly lose pace. The web development industry is constantly changing, and as a developer you should always be ready to continue learning, or you’ll risk falling behind your competitors.

We are already half-way through 2019, but really, it’s never too early to get you ready for the coming year to ensure you stay on top of the competition.

To help you keep up and stay ahead of the game, we compiled these front-end development trends to get you ready for 2020.

Creating responsive and interactive layouts

This layout is a trend in 2019, and it will continue to be in 2020. Given Google’s mobile-first approach, having an interactive layout will ensure users are fully engaged on your website or application. With the number of mobile users exponentially growing every single year, it is critical to design your software development to cater to this demographic. With this trend, you can use several open-source toolkits such as Bootstrap so you can easily prototype your ideas and build your application.

You can also look into our article on User Experience here for more tips on how you can improve your layouts.

Thinking of styling components as composition

Thinking of styling as composition means that when you are designing your components, you should include both logical components and theming components. When you implement this way of thinking as you design your front-end, you will be able to create a design system that can quickly adapt and evolve as the needs of your project changes. With styling components as composition, you will also not be forcing a bulky library on developers that are not willing to adopt it.

Using ES Modules

All major browsers are now supporting ES modules, and Node.js has already added ES Module support to Node.js, as well. Additionally, in the coming years, we are expecting WebAssembly to have ES module integration. With these in mind, it is imperative for front-end developers to add ES modules in the repertoire. ES Modules now bring a standardised module system to JavaScript and is essential when working on front-end development projects.

Coding in JavaScript essentially means managing your variables. You will be assigning values or numbers to variables and combining two variables into another variable. With ES Modules, you will have a better way of organising variable and functions. Using modules will help you group variables and functions that are compatible with each other, meaning they make sense to go together.

Utilising framework-agnostic web components

When you use framework-agnostic web components, you can work with any framework or even without a framework. These web components are separate from JS fatigue and supported by most browsers. You will also have optimal bundle size and consumption; thus, virtual DOM rendering will be amazing. Framework-agnostic web components provide developers with a JavaScript API called Custom Element. It allows you to define new HTML tags and HTML templates depending on your desired layout.

Focusing on component-based design tools

Sketch has now created links between design components, and this allows you to design in a modular way. We are now seeing a lot of tools that are integrating code components. You will see a lot of tools featuring reusable UI elements, which means you can utilise these design building blocks in virtually any project you are working on.

Because components are now integrated into our design system, you can easily see the gap between designers and developers disappearing. Component-based design tools are now accessible for both the designer and the developer. This means designers who code can now have a degree of control over turning UI elements into components. On the other hand, because of reusable UI elements, developers can now make use of the designs because they can be searched, used, and developed anywhere.

Isolation, composition, and reuse of components

Design tools are not the only reusable components that developers can utilise. Bit allows developers to isolate the various components of your code and turn them into shareable building blocks that you can reuse in other projects. Furthermore, as you use these different components in different projects, you can develop and change the components from both projects and sync the changes. This feature is specifically helpful when working as a team. Your team will have an improved workflow because you can organise and share code in your team seamlessly.

The web development world is rapidly changing, and it will continue to do so as brand-new technologies are continuously being developed and released. These tools are created to help developers in writing better code with more manageable and more accessible components. Therefore, you should always be on the hunt for the right tools that will help you keep with the development trends of today.

April9 has years of experience in front-end development, and we are in an endless pursuit of the best tools and best practices to help our clients reach their business goals. We created Greyhound Australia’s mobile website, and we were able to provide them with a front-end redevelopment that maximises their user engagement. Using our Agile “Plug + Develop” approach, we were able to develop a mobile that delivers business value without impacting a multitude of systems with every update.

If you are looking for software development, app development, or UI/UX design for your front-end development needs, be sure to schedule your appointment with April9.