React Will Continue to Dominate Front-End
In 2019, React will continue to dominate front-end development, particularly with the introduction of a new feature called Hooks. The feature allows developers to use a range of React’s features without writing a class, making it much more intuitive.
Take a look at this video from React Conf 2018, where the React core team introduce the new Hooks feature:
Vue.js Will Rise to Challenge React
In 2017, 19.6% of developers reported using Vue.js, compared to 28.8% in 2018. We’re expecting another leap this year as more people try it and experience the benefits.
Node.js Will Increase in Popularity
Last year’s Node.js User Survey revealed that 85% of developers used Node for their web applications and almost half used it for enterprise applications. These are both encouraging statistics that demonstrate the widespread use of the framework. The survey also shows that most developers expect to increase their use of Node over the next year.
Node.js is is free to use and can be run on many different platforms (including Linux, Windows, and Unix). It also offers good memory efficiency, which makes working on multiple projects smoother.
It’s also having a very positive impact on businesses, with 68% reporting that it has increased developer productivity and 62% reporting it has improved developer satisfaction. Node also reduces costs and increases the performance of applications. As word spreads, we expect Node.js to continue to grow in popularity.
GraphQL Will Replace REST API
REST API has gained a reputation for being able to solve a number of issues, including extending the lifecycle when handling requests and determining the best way to write code when there are several options.
We only need to look at what companies are using the language to see how popular it has become. Software platform Apollo has implemented it into their framework and the company’s CEO recently reported at the 2018 GraphQL Summit that it’s now being downloaded 500,000 times per week, compared to 10,000 times per week last year.
TypeScript Will Continue to Rise in the Language Ranks
- React and Vue.js to continue battling for dominance, with vue.js possibly winning out by 2020
- Node.js to be used more widely by developers
- REST APIs to be overtaken by GraphQL as an alternative method for querying
- TypeScript to become more popular, with more programmers adopting it in 2019