The Future of JavaScript: 2016 and Beyond

The Rise of JavaScript

Telerik, a Progress Company, recently released new white paper The Future of JavaScript: 2016 and Beyond delves deeply into the rising popularity and usefulness of JavaScript and asks some key questions:

  • Why will JavaScript continue to rise in use?
  • What’s in store for the most popular JavaScript frameworks? 
  • What’s next for JavaScript being used to run server-side web, mobile and desktop applications?

The paper reviews the JavaScript libraries, frameworks and frontiers with the most momentum and then talks to experts and industry influencers, including the authors of these popular tools. With their help, it delves into the future and makes predictions about what will likely happen with the JavaScript language and the community going forward.

It covers the following libraries and frameworks:

  • JQuery
  • React
  • AngularJS
  • Aurelia
  • Telerik Kendo UI
  • Ember
  • Meteor
  • Web Components
  • Polymer
JavaScript 2016 - Libraries and Frameworks included in the white paper

It also addresses emerging landscapes and frontiers for the language:

  • Node.js
  • PhoneGap and Cordova
  • Native mobile apps (shown below)
  • Desktop apps
  • New frontiers for JavaScript in 2016
JavaScript 2016 - Phones running JavaScript Apps

JavaScript's becoming increasingly important as its popularity rises, and these libraries and frameworks are helping it break into new areas of opportunity.

JavaScript 2016 - GitHut Ranking of Active Repositories JavaScript at top

Image credit: GitHut ranks JavaScript as the language with the most active repository

About Telerik

If you wish, jump ahead and download The Future of JavaScript: 2016 and Beyond now. 

Telerik emerged in 2002 and has evolved to build UI frameworks and app development tools that 1.7 million developers love. They have more than 130,000 customers already. 

Here are some of their key product offerings:

  • Telerik DevCraft: .NET UI controls, reporting and developer productivity tools
  • Telerik Platform: Complete cross-platform solution to design, build, deploy, manage, and measure all your mobile apps
  • Telerik Kendo UI: JavaScript and HTML5 UI widgets for responsive web and data visualization (I wrote about this for Envato Tuts+ in Must-Know Techniques for HTML5 Responsive Design)
  • Sitefinity: Web Content Management and Customer Analytics for managing and optimizing digital experiences
  • NativeScript: An open-source framework for building truly native mobile apps with Angular, TypeScript or JavaScript.
  • Test Studio: Intuitive and easy-to-use GUI test automation solution
JavaScript 2016 - Customer testimonial from Krupa Rocks of St Jude Medical

You can read more Telerik customer stories, but here's a video of NASA using Telerik's tools in their Mars Mission Web App:

But let's return to the white paper.

The Future of JavaScript White Paper

JavaScript 2016 - Cover Page of The Future of JavaScript White Paper

What's Covered

The paper goes into detail about all of these major topics: 

  • The 2015 ECMAScript features to be considered the most critical in 2016
  • The expectations for JS to JS transpilers’ popularity
  • The JavaScript package manager to rule them all
  • The issues remaining in 2016 that future updates to JavaScript will need to resolve
  • The future of some of the most talked-about third-party libraries

The white paper includes input from many of the key developers in the community to help gauge the progress and potential of some of these questions and the frameworks they revolve around. Some of these developers are the very authors of these frameworks, and some are implementers with a lot of experience on real-world projects.

Download the White Paper Now!

I hope I've intrigued you enough that you want to read it immediately. You can visit Telerik's White Paper collection to get it, or just click on the Download The Future of JavaScript: 2016 and Beyond link right now.

You'll be asked to provide your contact information so Telerik can keep in touch with you and keep you up to date:

JavaScript 2016 - The Download Form for the White Paper

When you complete the brief form, you should see this page as the PDF downloads to your machine:

JavaScript 2016 - Thank you for downloading notice

Then, go ahead and start reading...

In Closing

I hope that you've enjoyed learning about Telerik's array of offerings for developers and found the Future of JavaScript white paper intriguing and useful.

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