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Poll: What was the biggest development news item in 2010?

Was the biggest development news item of the year mobile development, cloud computing, the rise of Ruby, or new frameworks, tools, and libraries?

I think 2010 will be remembered as one of the most evolutionary years for developers in quite a while. Existing tools and frameworks grew by leaps and bounds (Silverlight, .NET 4, and Eclipse Helios come to mind); also, Ruby made its presence known in mainstream development. Enterprises and developers are more willing to put many applications in the cloud when, only a year ago, concerns such as security and latency made most developers I know quite skeptical. And with the release of the Motorola Droid at the end of 2009, the Android revolution began in full, and mobile development went from for enterprise and iPhone developers only to something everyone is looking at it.

There are many other development trends that shifted hard this year, but out of these four, which was the most important in 2010?

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

4 comments
Duke E Love
Duke E Love

jQuery has made my life suck infinitely less. It took what once was a total PITA and made web dev fun again. Then the cloud. Amazons Web Services changed everything.

aardvark92
aardvark92

I had a hard time picking between cloud computing and mobile development. In the end, I think cloud computing is more important, because the ability to store personal data in the cloud and access it from multiple devices is one of the factors that makes mobile development worthwhile.

Justin James
Justin James

Someone emailed me with a bogus email address, saying that HTML 5 should be on the list. Well, there's a good reason why it isn't, and that's because it's really not here yet. I track HTML 5 *very* closely (on the Working Group), and while the browsers are starting to really support HTML 5, the fact is, few developers in the wild are. Most of the folks doing HTML 5 stuff 1) have to do it in parallel because the penetration of HTML 5 into browsers isn't there yet and 2) are working for someone with a horse in the game (Google stands out). Next year, HTML 5 will most likely be on this list, but for 2010, HTML 5 is an item of interest but not reality on the ground. J.Ja

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

... HTML5 makes the list next year. My bet is it's still on everyone's list of 2012 resolutions.

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