JavaScript Frameworks: Top Picks for 2019

Posted by konstantinfo on April 3rd, 2019

It won’t be an overstatement if we call JavaScript to be one of the most languages until quite recently. It was largely seen as a scripting language that did nothing significant except to add some animations to any webpage. But in recent years, we have seen three significant changes:

1. User experience has become the Holy Grail for application development- thus making dynamic pages an essential part

2. JavaScript has found its way to the backend

3. With the advent of hybrid mobile apps, JavaScript is no longer limited only to web application development.

Now if you collectively evaluate all these three factors, you would understand why JavaScript is currently the most popular language. And to make the most of any language you are expected to use frameworks. Thankfully, given the JS, there are no shortages. Here are some of the best JavaScript frameworks you can rely upon for your next project:

Angular

Launched in 2010 by Google, Angular is an open-source framework for building frontend.  The framework was initially called AngularJS but owing numerous issues, the team rewrote the entire framework in Typescript and dropped the “JS” suffix. Angular is currently the most widely used framework, particularly for single-page application development.

React

Now, this isn’t technically a framework but given its immense popularity and seamless integration with other frameworks makes it even more powerful. Launched and largely managed by Facebook, this open-source library is the fastest growing JS tool that has found its way some of the most widely used applications like Instagram, Uber, etc.

VueJS

Though Vue has now been around for over 5 years, it has shot to popularity only recently. Built by one of the members of the team that built Angular, Vue’s main USP remains that it’s incredibly lightweight. Today the framework is extensively used to build single page web applications as well as cross-platform mobile apps.

NodeJS

This is the framework that singlehandedly brought JavaScript to backend development. Almost a decade old, NodeJS is one of the most sought after runtime environment for applications that need to deliver performance at scale. Its use of Google’s V8 JS engine when coupled with its asynchronous I/O makes helps build as powerful applications as any general purpose language like Java or Python. Netflix, PayPal, LinkedIn, are just a few of the popular applications that use NodeJS

EmberJS

Contrary to popular perception, Ember isn’t really a new framework but has been around since 2011. Like most other frameworks, it is used for frontend development and is excellent for single page applications. As a bonus, Ember is also well-equipped to build desktop applications and even mobile apps. 

BackboneJS

This is the latest JS framework on the list and is exceptionally lightweight and few tricks up its sleeves. Like React, it is a JS library that has RESTFul JSON interface and is suited for building single page applications. In contrast to Angular and many other frameworks that use declarative programming when handling DOM, BackboneJS resorts to imperative programming.

MeteorJS

Meteor is an open-source framework that can be used to build JS applications for all three platforms- web, mobile, and desktop. Owing to its ethos of “write once run anywhere”, applications built on Meteor tend to have a significantly lesser number of lines codes. Also, it comes bundled with a large collection of components to cut short the development time without compromising on functionality

Parting words

Not only JavaScript has transcended across platforms but also created whole new domains of frontend and backend development. Be it AngularJS development or NodeJS development, they operate with the same core. The point is, if you are comfortable in JS, pick any of the above frameworks and you won’t be disappointed.

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