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Will AI Replace Web Developers? Not Quite, But It’s Time for a Collaboration Party

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Even the most casual observer of modern-day artificial intelligence (AI) understands that we are in a renaissance.

Music, literature, and a myriad of other industries have adopted or begun to seriously consider the use of AI in their respective spaces. Many have sounded the alarm in fear of the automation of jobs. In reality, though, that is largely confined to low-skill, routine-driven roles. Building a vibrant website tends to not fit that mould.

Put simply, the question isn’t whether AI will replace web developers. Rather, it’s to what extent AI can partner with web developers. It’s time for a collaboration party, and there’s plenty of room for everyone.

What AI can’t do

Essentially, where AI falls short is understanding the essence of what it is that it’s working on. AI is excellent at following patterns and crunching data. It’s also painfully bad at putting things into context or understanding the “why.”

This is why web developers can’t be replaced – at least not yet.

A good web developer has an almost clairvoyant ability to understand user context. They understand scale. They understand business and how to apply it into a functional and impactful web experience.

Intuition and adaptability

One of the many potential pitfalls for AI, particularly as it pertains to web development, is its ability to adapt to a changing scenario.

We’ve all been on a website where something a little suspicious happened. Perhaps an API that wasn’t immediately available, or many other potential “gotchas”. How does your AI developer figure that out?

Where AI can partner with web developers, however, is its ability to assist and do some of the heavy lifting, particularly for the more routine, easy to understand types of work. An excellent example is HeatMap.me; it’s a service that gives you the ability to track where your users are looking and clicking with heat maps. While relatively new in the space, I’d bet this tool gets considerably more advanced in the very near future.

There’s also the enormous untapped potential in autogenerating a wireframe from a conversation between a developer and a client. While these things might involve considerable additional investment – and a bit of suffering during the “learning” phase – it’s easy to see the potential for someone to become interested.

In short, the future isn’t web developers or AI. It’s web developers and AI. The future is bright.

  • Uncharted territories. AI’s power lies in what it’s learned, but what about what it hasn’t? Web developers love trying out the latest and greatest, and aren’t waiting for an AI to tell them it’s okay (or not).
  • A creative spark. Sure, algorithms can generate variations, but true creativity needs a human behind it. Humans bring their individual perspectives, tastes culled from consumer aesthetics, and whatever their storytelling ability brings.
  • That’s my q! Much as your data science course was great at teaching you Python, AI is nobody’s project manager. Web devs know how to get out of the impossible while keeping driving the team forward.
  • Coffee time. Really AI, you could never sneak a coffee break that way. Being a part of the project, figuring out what you need, hanging a little and battling is something that AI still can’t do well.

How AI empowers web developers

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  • Quality champions. Tired of bugs? AI can serve as a watchdog ensuring code is high quality, by analyzing code for errors, vulnerabilities, and opportunities for improvement – helping developers catch issues early and create solid, secure websites.
  • Personalized predictions. AI can track user behaviour, predict future trends, and make personalized recommendations. This empowers web developers to create pages that will actually cater to user needs, as well optimise for performance.
  • Constant learning. As new technologies and best practices emerge, AI can continuously learn and provide reactions and suggestions that are relevant to web development, which fosters a culture of continuous learning within your development team.
  • Looking at the future. As many great web development wisdoms go: “The best way to predict the future is to build it.” There’s so much happening in the world of web development at breakneck speed; it’s an exciting time to be a developer. Your best tool for navigating the future of web development? Keep coding, and keep an eye out for that next big thing – even if it is an AI.

Together we code

We’re not on the brink of an AI revolution. Web developers will not be replaced, but they will be empowered. By taking advantage of AI’s strengths for automation, quality assurance, and data analysis, developers can focus on what they do best: creativity, problem-solving, and business understanding. It’s a future of collaboration, with AI as a powerful tool in the developer’s toolbelt, not a competitor. So, let’s not fear what’s to come, and let’s embrace the exciting possibilities of the AI-powered future of web development. After all, the best websites are a mixture of human ingenuity and smart helping hands. I’d say that’s a recipe for some truly digital success. 




Vaibhav Shah,  CEO of Techuz, comes with an experience of more than 12+ years in software development and IT services.Since its formation, he has been responsible for the growth of the company. He has established Techuz as one of the best providers of web and mobile solutions which are customised for start-ups, SMES, and enterprises.

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