The year 2018 started of with a security bang. The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in Intel and other CPUs shook the world. By end of April these were largely mitigated by software and hardware vendors. In early May news of new vulnerabilities were unearthed.
Late in 2017 it was announce d that Drupal would start using React.js for it's interface. Now this has progressed and therea resome examples available online from the team working on merging Drupal with React.js.
With WebAssembly and GraalVM language runtimes and barriers are falling down. PHP is no exception with the .NET runtime now being able to excute PHP using PeachPie for high performance.
Redux continues to be the React community's favourite tool for state management. The tool has received some flak in the recent month, which is not for the tool - but rather the use of Redux in places where it's overkill. Meanwhile the team has worked to release the fourth major release of Redux.
We've passed the peak on Virtual and Augmented Reality hype of 2016-2017, but the technology continues to mature - also on the Web Platform. Not every second tier web agency can get serious with VR/AR, but adopting VR to augment experiences is an additional reach not available before.
WebAssembly has been enjoying a buzz in early 2018. The technology has catapulted into the mainstream developer mindset with Golang, Rust and TypeScript as example languages where infrastructure is available for writing Wasm apps.
Magento is a leading eCommerce platform used by thousands of online stores around the world. The platform is an established player whose recommendations carry significant weight.
2018 is a big year for Progressive Web Apps. The technology has heavily been pushed by Google for some years, but this year Microsoft and Apple are putting their weight behind PWAs as well.