Here’s a “blast from the past” experience that will bring you back to the days of pager beeps and CD-ROMs. It’s safe to say that a lot has changed over the years in web development and technology has become more advanced and refined in many aspects. However, in order to move forward, it is important to learn from the past. Let’s take a trip through the last two decades of notable milestones in web development.
1997: To start, ECMAScript was standardized. This trademarked scripted language specification was made famous for being developed in ten days.
2005: Youtube is launched. The era of online video has begun! Little was it known at the time, due to the fact that online video was so foreign, that online video would become a core part of the web.
2006: jQuerey was created by John Resig. Today, John Resig is recognized as one of the most influential developers. Back in 2006, Resig was a recent college graduate.
2007: The first generation iPhone is released by Apple. Today, there are 7 generations of iPhones. Web developers must be conscience of mobile setups when they think about the websites and applications that they build.
2008: Apple releases the App Store. This introduces the submissions of native applications, built by third parties.
2014: HTML5. HTML5 and CSS3 make it possible to do the things that would be expected from modern web applications today.
This is a short list of the many mentionables from the past two decades of web development. After taking a look at these, it is safe to say that in web development, the ideas that seem the strangest end up being the most useful. Get those wacky brain juices flowing and maybe your idea could end up on the next 20-year web development reflection list.