What’s the future for Web apps?

by Ricardo G


From: http://0-search.proquest.com.opac.library.csupomona.edu/docview/893719204?accountid=10357

The state of the web is constantly in flux, and the future of the Web is up for grabs. Reviewing the Web’s evolution, it began with Web 1.0,
which focused on connecting information. Web 2.0 was more concerned with connecting people, while the emerging 3.0 is about integrating data, knowledge, and apps to make the Web a more meaningful and collaborative platform. Web 4.0 will harness the power of human and machine intelligence on a ubiquitous Web in which both people and computers not only interact but also reason and assist each other in smart ways.
New kinds of apps are on the horizon that will be smarter than current apps and will be accessible anytime, anywhere, from any device. For
example, we might embrace augmented reality in mobile Web apps such as layar (www.layar.com). Others will likely follow. We might access the Web through new interfaces activated by voice or gestures. In a distant future, there might even be a Web interface activated by brain waves. However, numerous technical, developmental, operational, organizational, and societal challenges have to be addressed. The new discipline of Web Science refers to the study of the Web’s evolution and its impact on society, business and government.
Developing apps is becoming a complex process involving various programming languages, frameworks, and paradigms – so it’s unlikely that any single person will have the required skills to manage the entire process. User-customizable apps are also in the rise. Web-based digital diaries are gaining wider adoption as well. Cloud computing is another promising trend, in which it enables users to access smart and complex apps with a simple device such as a smartphone using a Web browser.

The article mentions how the web has come a long way since its first appearance to the general public 20 years ago. From rudimentary websites to full-blown shopping, banking, etc from a smartphone using a Web browser. Life without internet is unimaginable for most of us, and the internet is definitely not going away. Indeed, more exciting and challenging advances are happening as I write this. For instance, that mobile app cited above called layar (http://layar.com) is really interesting in that it recognizes real life objects, and the user can interact with them. For example, you see and ad for a concert posted on a wall in the street. Using the camera of your phone, the app will recognize it and give you the opportunity to buy tickets right there (see image above). There’s no need to do a Google search. The future of the Web is still unknown, but I am convinced that it will bring changes to humanity that we can’t still conceive, such as all the changes that the Web has brought to us for the past 20 years.

Murugesan, S., Rossi, G., Wilbanks, L., & Djavanshir, R. (2011). The future of web apps. IT Professional Magazine, 13(5), p 12-14.