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JavaScript and Web Development InfoQ Trends Report 2020

Key Takeaways

  • WebAssembly has perhaps been the most talked-about trend on the web since our last report. Applications for WebAssembly have moved beyond the browser via WASI, and WebAssembly reached a stable 1.0 W3C Recommendation in late 2019. We have thus promoted WebAssembly to Early Adopters status.
  • The annual ECMAScript release, ES2020, is approaching with the greatest number of new language features since ES2015, including optional chaining, BigInt, global this, bullish coalescing, and dynamic import. All of these features are considered stable with at least two working browser implementations.
  • Web components have moved from early adopters to early majority status. Web components have reached mainstream maturity and are now supported natively in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and other browsers based on these browser engines such as Edge and Brave
  • TypeScript has graduated to late majority status. TypeScript is by far the most widely adopted JavaScript variant, has made substantial progress over the past few years, and a majority of JavaScript frameworks now leverage its tooling and infrastructure.
  • The JavaScript client-side framework and library space is constantly changing, and while React, Vue.js, and Angular have dominated in recent years, a new wave of leaner frameworks and application compilers may change the status quo over the next few years.

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