A framework will encapsulate common coding functionality that calls on you to input behavior; basically, the framework is in control. Countering that is a library which you will call on, putting you in the design driver seat.
React JS was launched in May 2013, created by Jordan Walke, a Facebook software engineer. He and his team created a library that specialized in being declarative, flexible, and highly efficient, perfect for building interactive UIs. By focusing on flexibility and usability, the highly interactive UIs that can be developed are able to render updated data without the need to reload the page.
Created by Evan Yue in 2014, Vue secures its second place spot among JS frameworks by being highly streamlined for UI design while remaining open sourced. The open source feature delivers much of what makes Vue so appealing for developers. By possessing the capacity to be constantly built on by virtually any available software engineer, it’s developed a progressive nature suited to adapt to any needs that could arise.
With support from Google, Angular is the recipient of an immense amount of resources, as well as receiving new updates and improvements every six months. The consistent upkeep allows Angular to stay competitive, providing services like data binding, enhanced RXJS, MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel), and the means to create effective native mobile apps.
As your code grows, it tends to become more complicated the more you add on, hence the entanglement between business logic and user interface. Backbone prizes itself on alleviating this struggle by providing event-driven communication between views and models. In addition, it also provides easy syncing with backend, flexibility, high functionality, and comes provided with a compact library.
Polymer has been the go-to framework for Google regarding its most prominent services, including YouTube, Google, Play Music, and more. With cross browser compatibility being one of its predominant features, the Polymer framework also boasts extremely fast speed in comparison to other frameworks, support for one-way and two-way binding, and custom HTML element enablement for developers.
First, let’s talk about the “Lean Loop”. The Lean Loop is a UX design process that’s found great success amongst startups for delivering high quality products on a strict budget and timeline. Rather than approach your website or app from a linear start-middle-end mindset, the Lean Loop encourages a recursive series of development steps with no beginning or end. It’s a cycle that strives to create a faster, more adaptable MVP (Minimal Viable Product).
When taking on a Lean Loop methodology, you first start with an MVP. Once you’ve established that, bending the process into a cycle is simple enough. The continuation and growth of the product, from here on out, is done by following the Lean Loop. Start by following the steps of the circle to develop a new product, and once you’ve gone through each step you start again. This is a constant process, after all, and although these are individual steps, it’s important to follow along all of it to enhance the product.
Express.js may wear the crown, but Next is a close runner up, with popularity that certainly rivals it in scale. Created by Zeit Startup and launched in 2017-2018, it excels in server-side rendering among other reliable tools at its disposal. It’s a natural companion to React, and developers accustomed to React will have an easy time with this framework due to its use of React for templating.
Besides it’s helpful community and overall ease of use, Meteor contains extensive packages and libraries for community use to enhance functionality and speed up the development process. Combined with its support of the MongoDB database, real time testing tool, live reloading, and penchant for building nativer mobile apps, Meteor may not enjoy the same kind of popularity as its competitors, but still manages to keep its name in the ring.
Obviously you want to make sure your developer ambitions can be supported by effective frameworks, and considering the vast amount of options available it’s easy to get lost in the weeds. Hopefully with this article we could articulate the top picks the market has to offer, helping you come to a decision on what should support your product.