Web Development Industry is very strange. One day you are a favorite programmer and others are seeking for you, while the other day, you are nothing more than a common man who knows programming. For example, Flash.
There was a time when Flash dominated the Internet but then it became a butt of a joke. This is exactly what happens in a web development industry. Trends keep changing rapidly and are constantly replaced by the new, emerging trends. If you are ready to experience nostalgia then let us give you an insight into the ways web development industry has changed since its beginnings.
It is one of the ways web development industry has changed its beginnings. Have you ever imagined your life without using the Mountain View search engine? If yes, then you must be aware of the feeling that you get when you think about the pre-Google period. It seems slow, horrid, monotonous and less engaging. Now look at the present age and focus on what you see and feel. It seems colorful, engaging, less-time consuming, interesting and rapid. Isn’t it? During pre-Google days, there was no concept of searching something through a great number of web pages or getting a plenty of information in a jiffy, unlike now. There is no person living on this planet Earth who has not at least once used Google. You will not even find a single person who will say that he has not ever used Google. What does that imply? That Google has revamped the whole web development industry in a way that was not imagined before. There was a time when people used to search everything via Onet, a Polish web portal, now more than 90% of the people prefer searching things through Google. When the search engine was introduced in 1998, none knew that it would create such a big change in the world but it did.
This is the technology that served as a driving force to many websites, ads, and games. Despite all this, it went into the oblivion that we could not even imagine some years ago. It is either removed or turned off from the modern web browsers. But the question is, what led flash into oblivion? It’s own mutiny. What really happened was that with the passage of time, flash got really old and did not stay updated with the emerging trends and styles. It did not improve itself and its loopholes became a cause of its failures. It did not revamp itself which resulted in its holes in the plugins exposing users to a plenty of attacks. However, people were still able to binge on videos, browse animated videos and websites with ‘supplementary’ songs. It led people to see that websites are a dynamic medium, not just a static approach to everyday life. But time flew and so with time, Flash too. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Animator are being used more.
Remember the time when FrontPage was a very important part of Microsoft Office and served as an editor there just like Adobe Dreamviewer. When people used to start their adventure with web development, they used to use FrontPage for this purpose. They used to click on the succeeding elements to see their created codes. FrontPage even made a plenty of junk tags in the code that a Word file could be saved as an HTML page, which was incredible. With the passage of time, many things got changed. Now people have access to a great many editors including Sublime, Notepad++, and Eclipse. Now using the developer tools in a browser is really easy.
Remember the time when Web 2.0 was linked with a great many dynamic pages that can interact with a user? But with the passage of time, technologies like Soap or Ajax, that are supported by PHP, revamped the websites into a complete full-fledged dynamic medium instead of static boards of information. Many social networking sites, forums, and blogs gained more popularity. When the possibilities of websites via browsers increased, designs started to get standardized. The focus started laying on the emerging trends that could give a particular web site edge over the other in terms of gradients, transparency, themes and settings. Still, browsers did not foster the features and rounded buttons became nothing more than squares with a background that created an illusion of rounded corners. What one can achieve now with a single CSS property, it was very really time-consuming and difficult back then.
It is really difficult these days to imagine your life without a constant access to the internet. Though some time ago, uninteresting WAP pages were the fate of Internet. These pages never loaded properly nor they user-friendly. They were not even compatible with Polish dialectical characters. People had to go to internet cafes and use floppy disks to save their important documents as there was no other way out. Kids even used to download their games in the floppy disks. There were no USBs, CDs, DVDs, and memory sticks back then, unlike now.