The web development process has changed a lot in the last 10 years and is rapidly evolving! The end user needs and expectations are increasingly harder to achieve. Besides that, tools and frameworks are also evolving to fill these gaps in to make the development process more accurate, faster and easier. Still, Web Developers have the responsibility to deliver an app with customer’s goals in order to meet the project’s deadline.
Web Developers, undoubtedly, have a number of challenges to solve but what are the most common difficulties faced? Let’s dive in to better understand them.
As technology is always expanding and evolving, programming languages, frameworks and libraries become deprecated pretty quickly. In fact, the web changes a little every day; we should try to be up-to-date to avoid losing important changelogs and to maintain productivity with less effort. But how can we stay up-to-date with so many changes?
Social Networks: I always like to follow important profiles and people on social-networks like Twitter or even the GitHub which is a kind of a social media… this way I usually read updates and good news about the Web world.
Newsletters: There are many great websites with newsletters about tools, languages, frameworks and even libraries that I like. Try to subscribe these newsletters and give them 20 to 30 minutes a day and this way you’ll get good daily or weekly summaries.
Read someone else’s code: As we get more experienced, we start to know more issues’ causes and possible solutions in order to solve our daily challenges. That’s why I always like to read someone else’s code in open-source projects or even in the projects at Trio to get better insights, like how to use new APIs or how to solve old problems with better solutions.
Keep Things Simple with Tests
Usually at Trio, my team and I receive different challenges to solve and implement on our projects. Some of them are complex while others are simpler but what’s common among them is that they evolve with new features or get fixed with updates. So, how can we solve these challenges with a maintainable code and confidence that everything else still works?
There are some approaches that seek solutions starting with writing the test scenarios and then writing the simplest piece of code to solve that… such as TDD and BDD.
I recommend you to write tests for your projects using TDD, this way you will learn to write your use-case scenarios first and then write your application code using the simplest solution.
Nothing is 100% secure but we can make breaches harder to exploit, but how can we achieve that?
First we should be aware that our applications are made by many different layers from the ground up. That’s why I recommend you to outsource some responsibilities like the Deploy machine and its automation, or storing sensible asset files for companies with PaaS or SaaS platforms, this way most of the time you’ll only have to think about what really matters: your project.
We also regularly should try to use well-known/field-tested frameworks and libraries and following their good practices to fit our project’s needs as much as possible, but always watching to not overwhelm the required complexity. Normally these web frameworks and libraries come with good guidelines about security and maintainability… remember that they only exist to give you some insight on how to use them based on many other projects experiences.
Automated Deploy Flow
As we already know,it’s a good thing to use third-party SaaS as deployment service, but how can we guarantee that the released version is working or how can we rollback from a version that isn’t working?
We should always perform as least manual work as possible to avoid human errors in repeated tasks like deployment. It’s a good practice to deploy your application using a CI set up with a flow like this:
- Push your updated version;
- Trigger the CI to run your application tests;
- Perform the deploy only after the tests get passed; If they don’t, just alert the developers to fix the code before run this flow again.
This flow helps you to at least guarantee that the application tests are passing before its deployment. Sometimes, the tests don’t cover some production environment cases and we can still have some errors when deploying a new version, which is why we should have the ability to rollback a version to a previously released one. This way you can guarantee a quality product when delivering new releases and if you don’t, you still can rollback until it get fixed.
I hope these challenges can give you some insight about the importance of Web Developers and their process. The Web and its challenges are constantly evolving, and to follow all the growth and development we also should be evolving.
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