Dot dev uses an abbreviation for the English term “development,” which refers to the process of creating software applications. The English mathematician Alan Turing is usually credited with coming up with the theory of software development back in 1935, although the first software programs didn’t show up until the late 1940s. Those used binary code — instead of the programming languages we see today — which was built into mainframe computers. By the 1960s, programming languages such as Fortran, COBOL and BASIC began to appear.
Today, .dev domains are more relevant than ever, as computing touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Everyday conveniences, such as refrigerators and even doorbells, gain enhanced functionality. We call this ever-expanding network the Internet of Things (IoT). Artificial intelligence, too, has grown from the stuff of science fiction to a very real tool that’s been adopted by nearly every industry imaginable. All this has created a huge demand for development of the next great idea — and the need for a domain like .dev to help separate the serious, skilled coders from the posers.