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Open Source Trends That Will Influence Web Development in 2018

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

As the technology landscape keeps evolving, we find ourselves surrounded by new and emerging open source platforms every other day. New developments such as Open Stack, The Internet of Things and more have created a complete paradigm shift in the way we use technology in our everyday lives. Here is a rundown of the top open source trends that will rise to popularity in 2018.

Open stack will gain more importance

Open stack is essentially a cloud operating system. It offers admins the ability to provision and control huge compute, storage and networking resources via an intuitive and user-friendly interface. Many businesses are already using open stack for managing their cloud computing systems. The popularity of this system is due to its flexible ecosystem, transparency, servers and lower cost as compared to the other equivalent alternatives. Open stack is expected to surge in acceptance and will be a major influence in the future of cloud computing.

Progressive web apps will be more popular

Progressive web apps is an aggregation of technologies and design concepts as well as APIs that enable you to have an app like experience in the mobile browser. Traditional websites have certain inherent shortcomings. Apps provide a more personalized experience, but have a huge demand on the resources as they have to be downloaded to the user’s device. PWA delivers the best of both the worlds. It effectively provides an app like experience and can be accessed via a browser. It can be indexed by search engines and can be made responsive to fit any form factor. This technology is poised to soar to new heights in 2018 – that’s a no-brainer.

Rust to rule perfectly

Unlike most programming languages, Rust does not come with a safety vs. control tradeoff. It offers 100 % control without compromising on safety. Rust has a unique approach that includes built-in testing and developers consider it as a viable option for an open source language. It is an effective option to languages such as C and python to write secure code.

R user community grows

The R language is a project by GNU. It is associated with statistical computing and graphics. It offers a wide array of statistical and graphical techniques for development. R is a perfect open source option for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display. It will definitely rule the open source market in 2018 too.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence expand in scope

Machine learning and AI give machines the ability to learn from the past and improve the user experiences without the programmer having to explicitly code the instructions. With several open source technologies leveraging them to build cutting edge applications, these kind of apps will definitely be widely implemented in 2018.

As the internet of things connects more and more things and cloud computing rises in implementation, 2018 will see a number of technology disruptions and open source will definitely be a driving force for most of these innovations.

Web Development – What in the World is a Mashup?

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

I’ve wanted to write something about mashups because I’ve been having trouble understanding just what they are, and writing often clears the way to understanding with me. I hope this article works for you. On the other hand you may be perfectly clear on the subject already. In which case don’t read this article as it may just confuse things for you and I couldn’t live with the guilt. I’m joking!

Anyway, I read a book recently where mashups were touted as one of the additions to web applications that make for the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Antediluvian Web 1.0, of course, was that unenlightened time near the turn of the century when our relationship with the web was limited to feeding it information and reading what it had to say. Web 2.0, or today’s web, not only takes what we feed it but interacts with our input; and what we read is then altered and illuminated in the process. Or something like that. Put a lot of the emphasis on the word “interacts” in my definition of Web 2.0.

Further research found that in order to make a mashup you first had to know something about XML because that is the language used to structure the data–whatever that means. I found a number of fine books on the subject I’ll never get around to reading. Then you have to know a lot about JavaScript because that will be the functionality that brings life to your web page. After that you are ready to form your mashup. All you need is php and mySQL to retrieve the data from the API or API’s (Google maps is a good example of an API often used in mashups). At this point I became fairly certain I wouldn’t be developing any mashups of my own any time soon as I am even less clear on the definition of API’s than I am of mashups.

Ok, so what is a mashup? A mashup, according to the Wikipedia is a “web page or application that combines data or functionality from two or more external sources to create a new service.” Apparently you couldn’t combine things under Web 1.0? Anyway, I don’t think I can improve much on that definition. In fact I feel like the judge who once defined pornography by saying he couldn’t define it but he knew it when he saw it!

The mashups I am most familiar with appear when I want to travel and need a place to stay. It seems every hotel and motel on the continent has a webpage with a map on it produced by Google Maps. Usually the information on the hotel jumps out at you when you run your cursor over an oversized pin in the map. You can usually zoom in on the motel to find the easiest way to get there. This is an example of two databases, Google maps and a hotel database acting in concert with JavaScript allowing you to interact with the webpage. Walla! You’ve got a mashup.

Finding a Job in Columbus in Web Design and Development

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Columbus, Ohio is a great city in which to get a start as a freelance web designer or web developer. Columbus is one of the leading technology cities in the US, being the home of such widely renowned technology companies as Accenture, AOL, and the Battelle Memorial Institute. There are also hundreds of small to medium sized web design and web development companies peppered throughout the greater Columbus area.

Being a Columbus freelance web designer can be achieved by telecommuting, so you do not have to live in downtown Columbus, but being close to the city to do the occasional face-to-face meeting is highly recommended. Some web design companies will not give you a job without meeting you and some web development services require a face to face meeting, which is much easier when all web designers and project members are involved. Columbus, Ohio is a great place to live, and has enough web design job opportunities that you will not need to pitch outside of the city. It makes sense to live there. Although freelancing website design may seem like a terrifying prospect, it is not too hard as long as you have the bravery to go out on your own, and the work ethic to stick to it.

Calling web design companies in Columbus is one of the best ways to begin getting web design jobs. Calling companies takes away the potential clients ability to ignore your presence. Emails are easily erased or forgotten and direct mailing gets lost in the shuffle of bills. Write down a short speech introducing you as a freelance web designer, asking whether the company you are calling works with freelancers regularly. Although some web design companies use freelancers, while others prefer to use an in house web design team, you will find a few web design companies in Columbus that will be interested in your services. The secret to success when cold calling companies in Columbus is doing so in numbers. How many jobs you get depend greatly on your pitch and your experience, but expect to get one out of ten. With there being so many web design companies in Columbus, one out of ten is still a large amount of potential website projects.

Setting up a toll free phone number and getting a fax number will help you land more web design projects also. Toll free numbers allow clients who are outside of your area code to reach you free of charge. Prospective web design clients will need the ability to send agreements and documentation to you via fax. You’re right in thinking that most documents can be sent by email, but it is guaranteed that you will run into an old school client that still faxes documents the old fashioned way.

Setup an auto-responder on your email. This will help land more web design jobs in Columbus because people who email you will automatically receive a response. This could be beneficial because you could setup the auto-responder to include sales copy or your resume or both. If you send out mailers or business cards or advertisements with your designated auto-responder email address and get a reply from someone at that email address, that person will automatically receive your resume and sales text.

After getting a website design job, it is important that you stipulate what is required of you and your client. Make sure to draw up a contract or agreement of some sort just so that you have everything down on paper. Include your fee, the work to be done, the time period the work should be completed in and when you expect to be paid and in what forms (credit card, company checks).

Have a look around on the Internet for web design and website development companies in Columbus and write down the ones you are interested in. The best way to find web development companies in Columbus is to Google them. Search for terms such as “Columbus web design” or “web development companies in Columbus, Ohio”. Some day you may just get their attention and become a successful freelancer!