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For me, the story of the 2022 results is the rise of frameworks. It seems that developers are increasingly looking to meta frameworks to work faster and with greater confidence. The survey reveals that respondents are increasingly likely to be concerned with following best practices (e.g. performance and end-user experience) which completely explains this rising move toward meta frameworks.
Over the past year, which of the following frameworks have you used and liked?
Over the past year, which of the following frameworks have you used and disliked?
Accessibility is a major focus for respondents this year, with 63% predicting it will gain in popularity over the coming years . Frameworks tend to provide different ways to solve this, with some notable examples including Next/Nuxt Image, HTML-validator, and WebHint. The Chrome Aurora team is working with meta frameworks such as Angular, Next, and Nuxt to make sure they implement these best practices. I predict we will likely see continued improvement from all these major frameworks in the upcoming years.
Component-driven development is also embraced by most developers, which makes sense given the popularity of React, Vue, and Svelte, and even web components (as in this year’s indie success story – Wordle).
Progressive web applications are gaining popularity as well, with developers keen to make the most of cross-platform development using the same core codebase. We are also seeing groups like Open Web Advocacy push Apple to embrace the open web. This is definitely a space to follow.
Headless CMS is also advancing, with greater adoption and more integration into frameworks. Close to home for me, new Prismic, Strapi, Sanity, Storyblok, and Directus modules have already been released for Nuxt 3, working with zero configuration.
Which of the following frameworks would you like to learn in the future?
I also noticed another trend that is not mentioned explicitly in this survey. Edge rendering was initially driven by CloudFlare and its worker platform. It’s no accident that most of the deployment targets on the survey have released or implemented their own serverless or edge functions, and this is being quickly adopted by users. Frameworks such as Nuxt 3, Remix, or Sveltekit are moving in this direction, enabling on-demand rendering directly at the CDN level. With the corresponding gains in decreased latency and lower cost for server-rendered applications, it’s my prediction that this will be a big focus for 2023.