But lately the philosophy behind Progressive Enhancement as a fault tolerant design approach for client-side functionality/concerns seems to be gaining some attention again. These days the “hostile software engineering environment” is plagued by:
- Diverse client screen sizes (Responsive Web Design)
- Diverse client computational power
- Diverse and dynamic network quality of service (bandwidth, latency, speed, cost)
- (… and ultimatley the issue of accessibility - it’s all too easy to assume that “the relevant target demographic” will always be using the most capable (updated) devices, connecting over the best and lavish data plans under the most optimal conditions).
Douglas Crockford (pre-2006?)
The Web is the most hostile software engineering environment imaginable.
I used to say that the web browser was the most hostile programming environment ever devised, but that was before I found out about Mobile.
When “Progressive Enhancement” died:
- Progressive Enhancement: Zed’s Dead, Baby (2013-09-02). Hacker News. reddit.
- Maybe Progressive Enhancement is the Wrong Term (2013-09-04)
- Tom Dale - Responsive Field Day 2015
… or not?:
- Progressive enhancement isn’t dead, but it smells funny (2016-10-13). reddit.
- Web development has two flavors of graceful degradation (2016-10-14)
- Progressive Misconceptions (2016-10-17)
- Choice (2016-10-18)
- What is Progressive Enhancement and Why Should You Care? (2017-02-15)
- Progressive Enhancement is non-negotiable (2018-02-18)
- The power of progressive enhancement (2018-08-13)
- What is Progressive Enhancement, and why it matters (2018-Nov-26)