The Evolution of Web Technologies

The Evolution of the Web

The Evolution of Web Technologies
The Evolution of Web Technologies

The Evolution of the Web is a  great site that I stumbled onto this afternoon and I have to share it here. There are some great nuggets of data visualized in a cool 3D one page site (yes, you will notice that WebGL is the 3D tool of choice).

Click on the above image and you get a one screen image of the many big changes, browser releases, Web APIs and technologies that have come out since 1991. Standouts include the release of all major Web browsers – you see Netscape, Opera and Internet Explorer all being released in 1994-95, with Apple’s Safari, Mozilla’s FireFox and Google’s Chrome coming out in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Technologies, such as JavaScript,  XML and Web Fonts can clearly been seen as “old” (relative term for tech) with dates that go back to 1995, 1996 and 1999. The last few years reveal a relative mess of technologies: Touch Events, Full Screen API, CSS Filters, and Web Audio API all came out in 2011! This year you can add technologies such as CSS Regions and Exclusion along with Retina images delivered using Image Sets.

The maps also shows the evolution of Web traffic usage. This is very interesting as you can see a huge uptick of usage over the last few years. Maybe all those Smartphones and Tablets?

The Evolution Of The Web Usage
The Evolution Of The Web Usage

The final image shows how much data we are consuming. It is clear that data usage is on a tear with no slow down in site.

The Evolution of The Web Data Usage
The Evolution of The Web Data Usage

All three images illustrate that innovation and growth of the Internet. It is also clear that the evolution of the web is a growing trend. It will be interesting to revisit this site in a decade to examine what will happen. I am willing to bet a lot of change. Will we even call it the Web 2024?

 

 

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