Web Predictions For 2009

A new year usually brings hope of better things. It also bring expectations and wonder. Here are my (unfounded) web predictions for 2009.

1. A Javascript Framework Will Fall

I believe that a javascript framework will fall in 2009. I really wouldn’t be shocked to see one go. I don’t want to share which I think will fall, but the popularity of jQuery, coupled with the lack of progress being made on a few of them, makes me feel as though at least one will die off.

2. Firefox’s Usage Will Grow Tremendously…

I believe more businesses will steer their employees toward using Mozilla Firefox and thus increase Firefox’s usage. Internet Explorer’s sluggish performance coupled with Firefox’s feature set will make IE a secondary browser for many businesses.

3. …But IE Will Continue Its Reign

Too many users simply take what they’re given and this will not change. Internet Explorer 6 and 7, and on a lower usage level 8, will continue to dominate the browser market share.

4. MooTools’ Popularity Will Grow

MooTools will release a plugin forge which will quickly become a treasure chest that will attract many web developers.

5. Developers Find Out: Knowing One Framework Isn’t Good Enough

While being an expert with on javascript framework is great, developers will realize that knowing one framework isn’t good enough. Porting plugins from a different framework to the developer’s preferred framework will become tiresome and the process of reinventing the wheel will be the motivation pick up another framework.

Have any predictions of your own? Am I crazy? Share!

Author: David Walsh

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