The coming year will see a number of useful new Web tools and technologies gain momentum and wider acceptance, writes Jeffrey Way. Among the most important tools are PHP 5.5, CodeKit 2.0, Brackets and Laravel 4.
Reflection is a program's ability to tell you about its structure and logic, and even to change itself, writes Patkos Csaba. That can be useful for PHP developers when it comes to creating Web frameworks, using dynamic typing, or building code analysis frameworks. "As with any cool toy, use reflection, but don't abuse it," Csaba writes.
Internet Explorer isn't a popular browser with developers, but it's still impossible to ignore, writes Rey Bango. Fortunately, useful tools are available to developers who need to debug pages and Web applicationss in IE, Bango writes.
Some people may hate PHP, but that won't stop the language from soaring in 2013, writes Gabriel Manricks. Many of PHP's early problems have been resolved in more recent editions, and it now has well-established standards and protocols for scaling. "Roughly eighty percent of the arguments against PHP are rooted in ignorance, in one form or another," Manricks writes.
This year will offer online marketers a chance to reflect on their activities and to set out to improve themselves, writes Simon Bowthorpe. Consider putting your social media accounts on a diet, committing to learning new skills, resolving to create more original content -- or simply pledging to take breaks from time to time. "Life does not begin and end on a computer screen, a tablet or a smartphone," Bowthorpe writes.
The coming year in Web design will be all about mobile, minimalism and the maturation of existing design trends, according to an informal survey of Web design professionals. "Less will always be more: Clean and simple website design will never be out of style," says Dana Edmonds.