Why Developers Are Not Using the Latest CSS Features In 2020

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Why Developers Are Not Using the Latest CSS Features In 2020

Gain a little more insight about why developers aren't more incentivized or able to use the newest features in CSS.

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Every year brand new CSS features are released. But it is rare that a developer actually uses them in a project or makes an attempt to know more about it. This is a problem because the team of developers, also known as CSS Working Group, measures success by analyzing the rate at which the features are adopted. 

Is It a Problem? 

Well, absolutely! If the community of web developers won't adapt, learn, or implement the newly integrated features the CSS Working Group would not pay attention. This means that the team of developers won't try to maintain those features. Now let us think about the different sides of the problem. If the team doesn't work to keep a maintenance check, there is no way users will adopt and use them. 

By now you must be well-versed with the two different sides of the same coin! But the important question here is: despite the need to update the React code and JavaScript, why is updating CSS highly neglected? If this question is triggering your curiosity, then keep reading further to know more about it. Let us find out the reasons why web developers are avoiding CSS features.

1. Not A Priority

Whenever a new project slides in, it just requires a couple of CSS rules. But once the project enhances, the same rules get more and more complicated. Therefore, there is a need for CSS to be easy and lean, in order to develop a better understanding. Hence, going with the production-ready features is highly preferred. 

In the early stages, a lot of websites just use Bootstrap, instead of using the features. Stakeholders will only consider developing a better style if it creates friction. 

The style will then be more consistent with the branding. In some situations, tasks need more pressing that upgrading CSS.      

2. Budget Limits The Learning

The budget is the major factor for any project. It highly influences the priorities during the development stage. Integrating CSS-features requires time. The increase in time by the development team affects the project's progress. Therefore, the client values the time spent during the optimization of other features instead of CSS ones.

The app developing team can try to circumvent the problem for the features that are not supported by the browser. On one hand, where JavaScript uses Bable for the same task, CSS provides no such facility.       

3. Tough To Keep Up

JavaScript holds conferences every interval. Similarly Vue and React help the developers to keep up with the regular community conferences. But for CSS there is no such thing! Hence, it becomes very difficult for developers to keep up with its features. How else are they supposed to learn? 

There is no need for it to have versioning. But without regular conferences, there is no excitement left in the community. Masses never pay close attention to the development of the technology that they use. App development companies keep busy by fulfilling the needs of their clients. 

The only way to stay updated on CSS is by reading the documentation. But teams are not willing to spend extra time reading, especially when the new technology is sufficient to run the project. Here, there are no patches for security issues like in other programming languages and frameworks. For clients the look of the website is more important, leaving no scope for the developers to keep up.         

4. Doesn't Enhance The Resume      

Even if the developers master CSS, there is no way to display the skill in front of employers and clients. There is no point in putting CSS beyond CSS3 on the CV. In the universe of CSS development, CSS3 was a colossal success, because of three reasons:

  • It upgraded the skills
  • Browser vendors implemented brand new CSS-support
  • Tech stack of the business leaders was updated

The demand for CSS3 upheaved the need for better learning tutorials, books videos. 

There are a lot of doubts about this tech's full-fledged adoption. The problem with this skill is visibility. Hence, developing teams choose to invest time in things that are more useful in the market.          

5. Lack Of Time  

  • Do you know the goal of writing CSS?
  • Describe the proper presentation of the site
  • Make the website simple to understand  
  • Make it more pleasing
  • Lightweight code.
  • Ease of presenting different styles to different viewers.

With the help of design and layout, CSS helps developers to achieve the above-mentioned goals. 

  • Design- Animation, font, spacing, borders, color
  • Layout- Rows and columns

Currently, both are being handled very well. For better optimization teams need time, which most of us are already short of. So unless the system is broken, not much attention is paid to it. 

Summing It Up!

There is not a clear picture of the solution to these problems. And, there is no fixed time or update about when the CSS-features are going to roll out. Everything happens in the wild and app developing teams are just expected to catch them. 

If you are interested in knowing more about its progress, then let us know in the comment section. And until the next update, stay tuned to this space for more information.

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