To gather insights on the state of web application development today, we spoke with 12 executives who are familiar with the current state of the industry and asked them, "What are your biggest concerns around the development of web applications today?" Here's what they told us:
- There is a short-term trend, already burning itself out, for developers to go "to the metal" and work directly with DOM elements and CSS rules instead of working with component frameworks. The fact is, while CSS-as-such is now relatively consistent across browsers, the nasty browser bugs and inconsistencies never had to do with CSS, but with events, auto-sizing, data binding and network behavior, and other areas. There is, if anything, more of a reason to be using component frameworks today than there ever was before. Developers are slowly, slowly realizing this - mostly through costly project overruns and failures.
- Shortened development cycles with multiple deployments. The breadth of browsers and devices matrix is getting huge.
- We see too much reliance on technology and not enough on business outcomes. Our most successful clients bring together IT and business leaders to focus on a common goal and continuously improve their web applications until they exceed it.
What are your biggest concerns around web application development?
Here’s who we spoke to:
- Matt Chotin, Senior Director of Developer Initiatives, AppDynamics
- Michael Beckley, CTO, Appian
- Gil Server, CEO, Applitools
- Mike Kail, CTO, CYBRIC
- Kevin Bridges, CTO, Drud
- Anders Wallgren, CTO, Electric Cloud
- Jim McKeeth, Developer Advocate, Embarcadero
- Lucas Vogel, Founder, Endpoint Systems
- Charles Kendrick, CTO, Isomorphic Software
- Mark Brocato, Engineering Director, Sencha
- Cole Furfaro-Strode, Lead Software Engineer, SparkPost
- Pete Chestna, Director of Developer Engagement, Veracode