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Javascript Frameworks… Which One is BEST?

Javascript Frameworks… Which One is BEST?

JavaScript popularity continues its rising. In 2016 there were such great changes, as AngularJS entire upgrade and introduction of Angular 2, ultimate dominating of jQuery that is applied on 96.5% of all JS sites, evolution of ECMAScript, two updates of Node.js in April and October accordingly, with even more to come.  What to expect from 2017? – Here’s what we know so far: Angular 4 has been released by the Angular Team: they skipped Angular 3 so that the core Angular libraries and routes would be versioned the same way.  ES2017 edition is planned for mid-2017, Bootstrap v4 release should be anticipated this year as well.

Lately JavaScript was named among the best programming languages to learn in 2017 by IBM. At this stage it is used on both client- and server-sides and helps to design flavorful interfaces, enrich web apps with numerous functions and features, modify web pages in real time and much more.

In the meanwhile, JavaScript web frameworks can become a silver bullet for quick web app development. They serve as a skeleton for single page apps, allow developers to worry less about code structure or maintenance while focusing on creation of complex interface elements, and expand opportunities of JS and plain HTML.

The advantages of using JavaScript frameworks:

  • Efficiency – projects that used to take months and hundreds of lines of code now can be achieved much faster with well-structured prebuilt patterns and functions.
  • Safety – top javascript frameworks have firm security arrangements and are supported by large communities where members and users also act as testers.
  • Cost – most frameworks are open source and free. Since they help programmers to build custom solutions faster, the ultimate price for web app will be lower.

Best JavaScript frameworks in 2017:

Angular 4

Smaller & Faster

In this release we deliver on our promise to make Angular applications smaller and faster. By no means are we done yet, and you’ll see us being focused on making further improvements in the coming months.

View Engine

We’ve made changes under to hood to what AOT generated code looks like. These changes reduce the size of the generated code for your components by around 60%  in most cases. The more complex your templates are, the higher the savings.

During our release candidate period, we heard from many developers that migrating to 4 reduced their production bundles by hundreds of kilobytes.

Read the Design Doc to learn more about what we did with the View Engine.

Animation Package

We have pulled animations out of @angular/core and into their own package. This means that if you don’t use animations, this extra code will not end up in your production bundles.

This change also allows you to more easily find documentation and to take better advantage of autocompletion. You can add animations yourself to your main NgModule by importing BrowserAnimationsModule from @angular/platform-browser/animations.

New Features of Angular 4

  • Improved *ngIf and *ngFor
  • Angular Universal
  • TypeScript 2.1 and 2.2 Compatibility
  • Souce Maps for Templates

Angular-s

After a long-awaited release of Angular back in 2016, its popularity has touched new heights, though AngularJS will hold off on giving ground in 2017.

Angular.js is often referred to as an MVW (Model-View-Whatever) framework and among the top benefits, for startups and mid-sized companies, people name: quick code production, easy testing of any app part and two-way data binding (changes in the backend are immediately reflected on the UI). Since release its ecosystem has gone beyond imagination. As for now, it is reasonably called the most used JS framework for SPAs (Single-Page Applications) development and it boasts the largest community of developers.

Angular 2

It was released by Google in September 2016. This latest frontend framework offers a complete redesign of AngularJS. Arguably, the emergence of React, a popular JS library, has influenced the development of AngularJS by revealing what Angular must improve in order to get back to the top spot on the list of best JavaScript frameworks. With the latest release, Angular looks like a completely different frontend instrument.

Angular 2 now uses one-way data binding, just like React, to improve the performance of single-page applications. But Angular has also retained two-way data binding for form elements. With the ngModel directive and banana-in-a-box syntax, your web app can simultaneously update the View and the Model, just like you did before with AngularJS.

 Angular2 comes with a long list of features that enable building everything, ranging from web to desktop and mobile. Framework is built with TypeScript from Microsoft with an eye to making JavaScript more agile and attractive for large enterprises. ng2 features a component-based architecture, improved DI (dependency injection), efficient logging service, inter-component communications and more.

Both Angular-s are a better option for enterprise-based applications or for strict programming environments with high standards for code readability.

BackboneJS

BackboneJS is a simple JavaScript framework used for developing structured single-page applications and complex user interfaces. It is helpful for data structuring while designing client-side, web applications using JavaScript. BackboneJS will remind you a lot of jQuery, with its huge community and many, many plugins and extensions. BackboneJS is used by Walmart, Pinterest, Twitter, Hulu, Pandora Radio and many others.

GitHub: https://github.com/jashkenas/backbone/
Website: backbonejs.org

 ReactJS

It stands behind user interfaces of Facebook and Instagram, showing its efficiency within dynamic high-traffic applications.

It is rightly considered the fastest growing JS framework: as of today, there are about 1,000 contributors on Github. In MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern React.js acts as “V” and can be smoothly integrated with any architecture. Due to the usage of virtual DOM it provides a great performance boost, comparing to Angular 1.x. In addition to that, React components can be created and re-used among applications or even transferred for public use.

Despite the fact that React has a higher learning curve, it makes app development straightforward and easy-to-understand. Furthermore it can be a perfect fit for complex, high-load and awesome software solutions.

GitHub: https://github.com/facebook/react
Website: Facebook.github.io/react/

Vue.js

VueJS is new, and it is gaining popularity among the web developers. VueJS was first released in 2014 as open source framework for public use under MIT license. This framework works on model-view-ViewModel (MVVM) architecture design pattern. It has datareactive components with easy and compatible API. Vue is for developing and creating modern and sleek web interfaces.Vue is inspired by AngularJS, ReactiveJs, knockoutJS and RivetsJS.

Going deeper, Vue.js offers two-way data binding (seen in AngularJS), server-side rendering (like in Angular2 and ReactJS), Vue-cli (scaffolding tool for quick start) and optional JSX support. Its founder states that Vue 2 is one of the fastest frameworks all in all.

Vue.js is a better choice for quick development of cross-platform solutions. It can become a firm basis for high-end single page applications (SPAs) and beneficial solution to those cases, when performance is put ahead of good code organization or app structure.

GitHub: https://github.com/vuejs/vue/
Website: http://vuejs.org/

Ember.js

Back in 2015 Ember was called the best javascript framework for web application, leaving behind React and AngularJS. Today it boasts a huge online community, regular updates and wide appliance of JavaScript best practices to guarantee ultimate experience right out of the box.

Ember features two-way data binding, like Angular.js, keeping both view and model in sync for all the time. Applying Fastboot.js module it ensures prompt server-side rendering of DOM, improving performance of complex UIs.

Ember.js is a web application framework using Handlebars templates and web components to allow the development of feature-rich applications. Ember.js focuses on creating graphics and it can also be very helpful for developers who want to develop wonderful and capturing front end.

Emberjs is commonly usable for complex feature-rich web applications and website. Among the top users are Chipotle, Blue Apron, Nordstrom, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Netflix and many others. Moreover it has an easier learning curve and there are oceans of tutorials and guide available online.

GitHub: https://github.com/emberjs/ember.js
Website: emberjs.com

  Meteor.js

Meteor is among the most popular JavaScript frameworks but which comes well-heeled with tons of features for back-end development, front-end rendering, database management and business logic. Since release in 2012 its ecosystem has grown drastically and at a swift rate.

This full-stack platform enables fast development of end-to-end web and mobile applications in pure JavaScript. Due to modular structure all the packages and libraries can be used at pace. In terms of performance, all the changes in the database are immediately transmitted to the UI and in conversely with no evident time losses caused by different languages or server response time.

MeteorJS covers all the phases of software development cycle and takes care of such glooming processes as linking, files concatenation and others. It is of current usage in real-time application development for business companies like Mazda, IKEA, Honeywell and many others.

GitHub: https://github.com/meteor/meteor/
Website: https://www.meteor.com/

Conclusion

Choosing the right JavaScript framework is not about features that each can offer. There are many more important considerations:  company goals, project requirements, general framework functionality and how it can be applied within each particular case.

JavaScript is top winner when it comes to quick web development or prototyping, JavaScript frameworks are among the most favorable and 2017 won’t become an exception. The many framework options and their libraries have already reshaped the way how JS collaborates with HTML and CSS to compile views both in browsers and on native platforms.

There are a few more to consider: 

Mercury:  

GitHub: https://github.com/Raynos/mercury

Aurelia:

GitHub: https://github.com/aurelia
Website: http://aurelia.io/

Polymer.js:

GitHub: https://github.com/polymer
Website: https://www.polymer-project.org/1.0/

 




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