What Will Be The New Tired Web Development Topics Be?

What Will Be The New Tired Web Development Topics Be?

So many threads, so little said

2010 saw a lot of arguments pop that were rehashed throughout the year that it was really making it hard to go through my RSS feeds for a while. I jumped on the bandwagon on one, but soon saw the truth of it, and never really touched upon it again. If you scour the web development blogs like I do, you can name three right of the top of your head without even trying. I’ll give you a few, see if you can add any that I missed. These are actually in the order I remember reading about them:

  • Flash vs HTML5
  • The Web Design/Development Community is Dead (or dying)
  • Should we use CSS3/HTML5 yet?
  • How bad you suck at web development

Flash vs HTML5

This whole debate failed before it began, and I will admit I was in on it on the first round. Though my scope was more limited in that I really wanted to see the video tag come through, and not rely on swfobject.js. The two don’t really have anything to do with each other. I’m done with reading about it. Flash does its thing, HTML5 does all that other crap.

The Web Design/Development Community is Dead (or dying)

This one pissed me off more than anything, and I wrote about why it is not. This started as one argument that blew up into a hundred others. The community is NOT dead, dying, sick or anything else. If anything, I felt it gained a huge amount of ground. I think this was just a bunch of people that wished it was a smaller tight knit group. More of being in a secret club, but they were finding out there were a LOT of other people invited than they were led to believe. The community, or whatever you want to call it, is going strong.

Should we use CSS3/HTML5 yet?

It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that I don’t care enough anymore. You either do or you don’t. Sometimes you are allowed to, and sometimes you just plain can’t. If you do, and want to support other browsers, there are things like CSS3Pie or Modernizr. Let’s stop talking about if we should or shouldn’t, and start talking about how.

How bad you suck at web development

This was not as prominent, but there were a lot of articles based on how we all suck at what we do, and here is a list of things you can do to not be so stupid. The funny part is, most were written by people I never heard of, or only had the one article published. Here is the real truth of it all: We do suck, but that is what keeps us going and trying to get better. If we didn’t strive for that, we would suck even worse.

Any others?

Yes, and I’d like to here which ones you thought of that I didn’t. One I didn’t list is Sass vs LESS. That was gaining ground in the later part of the year. I love that one because they usually discuss the merits of both, and why people prefer one over the other rather than degrade into why one or the other sucks.

What tired crap will 2011 bring?

I am actually dreading finding this out. I read enough now that I think I will be able to pick them out a lot quicker. The HTML5 now or later one is going to last for another half year or so, then no one will talk about it again. Here is a prediction of one I see coming with the advent of more browsers supporting CSS3 more fully: CSS3 vs Javascript. With CSS3 animations and transitions, I think we will see more articles on what we should be using to do the stuff Javascript usually handled.

What else do you see happening in 2011, good or bad?

Personally, I see more abstracted languages coming. We already had Sass, then LESS showed up, now CoffeeScript. I think we are going to see a lot more of these types of things than we should. Only a few will have a decent enough following, but I predict 3 more by the end of 2011. For what coding language I have no idea, but I feel that is going to be a very dominate thing in web dev world.

Thoughts? Let’s hear ‘em.

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