"URLs are still a killer feature."
I'd argue they are under attack by all the url shorteners out there creating a mass grave of dead links.
"User expectations on the rise...What websites are being asked to do is rising. Developers are being asked to build very complicated things very quickly and have them work very well and very fast."
This is so absolutely true. I applaud this part because most of the stakeholders on my projects have no idea what it takes these days and expectations are not reasonably set from the get-go or forgotten along the way. I work with a woman that dismisses my work as "well it's just a website" and then regurgitates a TedTalk quote. Quite often, as I approach ten years in this field - as a developer (and often designer), I imagine myself quitting it all and becoming a firefighter.
CSS preprocessing will slowly fade away.
Not soon enough.
I imagine myself quitting it all and becoming a firefighter.
Preach! I'm four years in and already looking for the exit.