Joe Longstreet

An inventor / maker living in Kansas City, Missouri

Future of JavaScript

a Blast from the Past, writings from 2011

Way back in 2011, I was asked to write an article on how I viewed the future of JavaScript. This post is intended to be an easy reference to the original. To give you a sense of what the world wide web was like back then, here's an abbreviated list of some bold trend predictions from Web Design Ledger:

  • Designing for Touch Screens, Not Mice
  • Constant Connection/ Life Stream - "...people will let you know where they are at any moment of the day via Foursquare."
  • Mobile Ready websites
  • and... QR Codes :)

Feels like a long time ago, sigh. You can view the full list of predictions at Web Design Ledger.

Reading my original article 3 years later, I think most of what I said still holds true, especially this one: JavaScript Is Growing. In fact, it's growing and changing faster now than it was in 2011.

My listing of popular JavaScript frameworks for that year looks like an old boneyard - Underscore, Backbone, and even Knockout. Even though it's sad to see great libraries get replaced so quickly, it's an essential part of growth. Being a technologist is all about learning and adapting to change. No other technology is growing at such a rate and with such community interest.

I'm happy to be a part of it.