Best web technologies and tools for 2015

Web has certainly come a long way in last few years. We have technologies and tools that have changed the way we develop web apps.
As the technology keeps evolving, we will see more improvements in the
coming year. In this article I am going to list some of the best web technologies and tools that are going to make an impact in 2015 and coming days.

ECMAScript 6

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ES6 is the future of JavaScript and is going to bring many new features. The good news is that the feature set of ES6 is already frozen and browsers have already started implementing
the features. Tools like Traceur already allow you to write code in ES6
and then transpile it to ES5 so that it works in Today’s browsers.
Furthermore frameworks like AngularJS and Ember are going to target ES6
in future releases. Given its feature set and popularity I think ES6 is
definitely going to revolutionise JavaScript development.

AngularJS 2.0

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Google’s AngularJS is one of the popular frameworks for developing Single Page Apps. The good news is that AngularJS 2.0 is under development and this time it’s more powerful, better and faster. As Durandal,
another popular SPA framework, is converging into AngularJS the combo
is definitely going to make an impact. AngularJS 2.0 is also going to
target ECMAScript 6 which means your JavaScript code is going to be
future proof.

React

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React, the UI library by Facebook, is a great tool for developing User Interfaces. As you may be aware there are certain challenges involved in running Single Page Apps. The major one is SEO. But this can be solved by creating isomorphic
apps. One of the best things about React is that it can render on both
client and server which makes it an excellent choice for creating
isomorphic apps. React, when used with Flux pattern, is definitely a
bliss for developers. Popular websites like Facebook, Instagram, Khan
Academy, New York Times and many more are using React. Having talked
about its benefits and growing popularity I think React is going to be
one of the popular web technologies in coming days.

Meteor

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Meteor is an open source
platform for creating realtime JavaScript apps. One of the good things
about Meteor is that you just build templates and the pages update
whenever data in the database changes. So, you can say
Meteor is something that can make your database (MongoDB) realtime.
Meteor Development Group has also secured $11.2 million in funding which
is definitely great for an open source project. I think Meteor 1.0 will
be the cynosure of all eyes. You should also note that some apps have already started using Meteor in production.

Ionic Framework

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Ionic is a platform that lets you create cross platform mobile apps using web technologies like HTML5
and JavaScript. Although Ionic is still in beta, developers have been
actively using it to build mobile apps. It’s one of the tools that has
drastically changed the way we build mobile apps. With Ionic, anyone
with front end development knowledge can start creating smartphone apps.
I think this is pretty great and Ionic is going to see heavy demand in
2015.

Dart & AngularDart

Dart

Dart is an open source
project by Google which aims to simplify web development. It can run on
the web and server. Lately Dart has been getting developers’ attention
and it has been ported to AngularJS too.

Firebase

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Firebase lets you sync and
store data in realtime. It has binding for all popular programming
languages and client side MV* frameworks. As we are seeing more and more
JavaScript based apps, Firebase is definitely going to be a popular solution for realtime backend.

Parse

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Parse is a complete backend for
mobile apps. It has got everything you need in the backend for your next
mobile app. You can store both files and data in Parse
and also send Push Notifications using Parse Push. As the number of
mobile apps is increasing exponentially you can’t ignore Parse in the
coming year.

Socket.io

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Socket.io is a Node module that
allows you to create realtime apps easily. According to Socket.io
website it’s being used by products like Microsoft Office, Yammer,
Zendesk, Trello etc. Realtime apps
are definitely cool and these types of apps are gaining attention
lately. Socket.io makes creating such apps easy and enjoyable. I think
we will see more usage of Socket.io in following year.

Polymer

Polymer

Polymer uses
WebComponents to redefine web development. It allows you to build well
encapsulated and reusable custom components that extend HTML. Component
based development is definitely great and Polymer does it right. So, we
can expect Polymer to grow and become developers’ favourite in near
future.

Gulp

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Gulp is a
build tool that relies on code-over-configuration to keep build process
simple. It heavily relies on stream, pipe and asynchronous code. So, if
you are familiar with Node.js you will love Gulp. Gulp is relatively new
and can be seen as a rival to Grunt. But its code driven nature makes
it unique. As more and more projects are adopting Gulp, this is going to
be the go to build system in near future, IMHO.

Conclusion

This is not the end. There are many other tools that look very
promising. But in my opinion the above technologies are going to be more
popular and see heavy demand in coming days. Did I miss your favourite
technology/tool? Do let us know in comments.

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