Web Development is not disappearing is transforming

When I first started getting into web development I heard many people saying that web development was dead, “the money is in big data and AI” they said. Once I got deeper into the topic I understood that these people were coming from the old web days.

In this article I am going to explain you why web development is not dead and how it has changed.

Web Development in the past

When the internet started becoming big there weren’t many tools around like the ones we use today like WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace and many others. This basically meant that all the websites were created from scratch, using HTML and CSS.

This situation made a HTML and CSS coder really valuable as it was something new that little people knew about. The internet was growing exponentially so the demand of these skills increased heavily.

These skills, particularly HTML, weren’t really difficult. Loads of people jumped on board and decided to make a comfortable living only using these two technologies.

The ageing of the web

After that first boom the web started consolidating and making more progress towards better technologies. The increase of the demand on web services made developers experiment more and produce better quality websites.

apple's old website
We went from this…
apple's new website
…to this.

The change was clear, nice and even relaxing. I still remember myself trying to surf one of these old websites, the loading speed was awful, the look depressing and the content was not even there sometimes.

But obviously there was something else going on on these new websites apart from HTML and CSS.

HTML and CSS were still requirements in order to be able to work with the web but there were many other things you needed to know as well. One of the changes happened because of the demand of better websites. This was the implementation of javascript in order to make the sites more interactive and easier to navigate.

Consequently, it was already not enough to create a website only using HTML. Now you needed to know some JavaScript as well. This was a real programming language introducing logic and abstraction so let’s say that it was just a bit more complex.

The Web Dev Jobs are disappearing

Just after the standardisation of these three technologies the thing became real. Plenty of frameworks arose and things became a bit more complex even. Just want to mention a few JS frameworks that we have nowadays: angular, react, vue.js, ember.js, meteor, node.js and many more. All based in JavaScript.

Here is when some people started saying that the web was dead, that there weren’t gonna be any more jobs despite all the statistics saying the opposite. Check the graph below.

web dev jobs growth
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/Web-developers.htm#:~:text=Job%20Outlook,of%20mobile%20devices%20and%20ecommerce.

But where does this “the web is disappearing” mantra come from then?

I believe it comes from the people that started making a good money just applying the basics of the web. For them, yes, web development is gone, at least in the way they perceived it.

In today’s world, thanks to WordPress and other platforms there is no need to always create a complete new website from scratch. Nowadays everybody can do it just dragging and dropping a couple of ‘boxes’ here and there.

Today’s business is located more in the creation of modules for WordPress, single page applications and more complex web apps in general. So it is not enough to only know HTML and CSS to get the job, you need more knowledge and complexity.

Here is the problem with the people arguing that the web was over. They haven’t been able to adapt or maybe they didn’t even want to in the first place. Their strategy, simple, blame everybody else for the improvement of the web space instead of keeping up with the technology.

To sum up, the web dev jobs are not only NOT dissapearing but there is an increase on the demand for developers that want to go deep into the business.

Until the next one,

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