July 19, 2019

5 progressive front-end frameworks & libraries

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This post is not only about progressive front-end frameworks, but also we want to mention libraries that are in trend now. We bet you’ve already read a lot of opinions about these technologies. But today we won’t highlight which one is better, we understand that they have different purposes.


Here is a thing that worries us a lot: about 80% of content writers do not understand that React is a library, not a framework. React is a perfect fit for large and medium projects. Ranked 1st most popular front-end JavaScript library in State Of JS survey. According to lambdatest source, 457k websites are powered by React and almost 65% of JavaScript developers are currently using it. What are main points why you need to choose React? Definitely it is high performance with an advantage of using it for both client side as well as server side.


Vue.js is a progressive JavaScript framework that is mainly used in medium and small projects. Clarity and simplicity helps developers to learn it fast and implement it even faster. Also it’s hard not to notice its detailed and extensive documentation. According to lambdatest source, 64k websites are powered by Vue and 28.8% of JavaScript developers are currently using it. But we should tell you about disadvantages that you can encounter on your way of learning: small community and poor support. A large chunk of Vue developer community is from non-English speaking eastern European countries. Community engagement used to be fairly low and Vue doesn’t offer a big resource collection for new users like React and Angular do.


Without a doubt, angular is used for large enterprise projects. It is arguably the oldest JavaScript framework that helps to build dynamic interactive web applications. 350k websites on the web are powered by AngularJS/Angular2+ versions and ranked 3rd most popular front-end JavaScript framework in State Of JS survey. We asked our developers, what is the most annoying thing about angular and we’ve got a migration process - it is extremely hard to migrate from older angular version especially from AngularJS to Angular 7.


Some “experts” can say that Ember is dead, but we don’t agree with that. About 6.3% of JavaScript developers are currently using Ember. Its popularity has stagnated over the last few years. Big companies like Netflix and Airbnb have dumped ember and moved to other frameworks like React. But are there any good signs using Ember? One of the most striking features of ember is templates which help to create stunning UI. Also you need to read about CoC(Convention over Configuration). This feature helps devs to focus more on functionality and building apps faster and worrying less about planning high performance.


And yes, it’s not Backbone as you might be thinking. All major Google services are build using Polymer – YouTube, Google I/O, Google music and etc. 4k websites on the internet powered by Polymer. Ranked 6th most popular front-end JavaScript framework in State Of JS survey. As compared to react Vue and angular, polymer has scarce resources available on the net and has a very small community which has shunted its growth in popularity. But we want to mention that it is lightning fast framework compared to other JavaScript frameworks.

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