Web Development

Website development has evolved remarkably since the mid-90s era. In the beginning, websites were often written by individuals and were text-only affairs; nowadays sites are mostly created by professional teams of web design houses, these teams consists of developers, graphic artists, usability and accessibility specialists, search engine and database specialists. These teams collaborate with each other to produce and increase websites annual revenue for the owners. But still there are millions of websites created by individuals.

Web developers must have to stay update with new technologies. If you’re an individual and want to stay updated with latest technologies in web development, here are 7 recent web development techniques that you should definitely learn, or improve if you already know them.

CSS3 media queries

With increase of mobile device users, and monitor displays getting wider, creating website that works fluidly on both small and big displays is definitely a challenge for web designers and developers. Fortunately, the CSS3 have a new feature which allow web developers to define styles for a specific display size only.

Font resizing with REMs

CSS3 introduced new unit called the REM unit, which stands for “root em. This unit is relative to the font-size of the parent, which causes the compounding issue. It’s relative to the root-or the html-element. Which means that we can define a single font size on the html element and define all rem units to be a percentage of that.

Cache pages for offline usage

HTML5 introduced a great feature, offline caching. Basically, this feature allows you to tell the user’s browser to cache some pages so your visitor will be able to view it again, even if he’s not connected to the Internet.

Server-side JavaScript

Since the mid-90′s, JavaScript has been a very popular client-side language for web developers. But nowadays, JavaScript is becoming more and more used on the server side. Why? Because now we have powerful server-side JavaScript environments such as Jaxer, Node.js and Narwhal.

HTML5 drag & drop

HTML5 has made the web development more and more user-friendly. Now, it is possible to easily implement drag and drop on your web pages.

Forms, the HTML5 way

HTML5 introduced lots of new features regarding one of the most important element of a website: forms. For example, it is now possible to add date pickers, numeric spinners, as well as validating emails using regular expressions patterns.

CSS animations

Most modern browsers are now supporting CSS animations. Yes, CSS are now allowing you to create some simple animations, without the help of a client-side programming language such as JavaScript.

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