Well, yes and no. It has it's fair share of quirks, still, but it has evolved a lot since the '90s. Short answer is, it's gotten better. And it's still getting better. I'm told that ECMAScript 6 is going to further improve the language's syntax, and add some features that are sought after. One can only hope that the adoption of ECMAScript 6 will be sufficiently fast.
We've had an increase in speed by several orders of magnitude (not even accounting for Mores law). We have a good set of tools, with more and better tools on the way. we have some amazing looking modern frameworks, such as Meteor. we have unit testing, we have virtually anything you can think of that you'd need to start developing a rich client side application today.
So go download Yeoman (requires Node.js) and start building your client side application today. It comes bundled with Grunt and Bower, so you can take a good look at the multitude of packages already available to you with % bower search.
A few weeks ago I started coding on a project for a client. While it is
true that I've been doing web development off and on for the past ten or
To tell you the truth, most of my work has been backend code. I've more
or less ignored the entire frontend side of programming, regardless of
environment. The user interface has always been secondary to me. That
changed a few years ago, when I was reading about UI first software
In particular it was these words:
"When writing end-user software, UI design should really come first.
To the end user, the UI is the application."
This of course, made a whole lot of sense. The user doesn't give half
a rats arse how pristine the backend is, or how flexible and modular the
code is. If your UI is slow and ugly, your whole program is slow and
So what do you do when you need to make a snappy feeling web based
magnitude. And with shiny frameworks such as JQuery, it's almost
easy to use (if you don't need to do something advanced).
The project I'm currently working on however, required more than just
standard JQuery. It called for a SPA architecture, which unfortunately
means that it have to be built almost entirely with client side code,
frameworks on the market for client side development. So far I've gone
Truth be told I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed. While I've used
Bootstrap and JQuery in the past, this is really the first proper client
side project I've worked on. It's a learning experience, to say the
least. Learning to handle a half dozen new libraries at once is a bit
of a mess, but the documentation is good. It's just a bit annoying
having to spend ten times as much time reading documentation as I do
In the end I've gotten most of things to work, next up on the todo list
is to integrate Mustache and Knockout. Hopefully this will make it
possible for me to split my HTML out in multiple template files. As it
is, everything is in a giant file, because I can't figure out how to
make Knockout load external template files...
Getting all of this to play together is a bit of a challenge, but who
doesn't enjoy a good challenge?
I figured it was time for me to get with the times and start one of them
blog things that is so popular among the kids these days. And what better
way to start a blog, than to write yet another blog engine?
I present to you, the worlds first blog powered by Augustus, a static page
generator (that totally isn't a rip-off of jekyll) written in php 5.4.
So far it doesn't do much, and some features are somewhat broken. The few
things that are done however are:
The testing server accessible via gusto run, courtesy of php 5.4.
The creation of new posts and pages.
Automatic indexing of tags and categories.
Some of the things that will be working, when I get some more time to work
on the engine are:
Improved post management.
Regarding the name
I am a huge fan of animation. And Augustus, or Gusto, is the name of the
character played by Rob Paulsen in Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears.
Augustus "Gusto" Gummi. And that is a character that I still to this day
think is a badass.