Top 5 JavaScript Frameworks in 2018

Javascript popularity is rising year on year. In the year 2017, we have witnessed such great changes, as AngularJS entire upgrade and introduction of Angular 4, 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, React finest hours, and even more.

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. Under this light, we are going to go through an in-depth comparison of the 5 best JS frameworks i.e. Angular.js, React.js, Ember.js, Vue.js and Meteor.js

These frameworks have a lot of things in common. There are, of course, differences that make them special and also matter to those who are trying to find the best option for web app development. Let’s generalize some basic information for JavaScript framework comparison to understand the state of things even more clearly.

5 Best JavaScript Frameworks in 2017

 

  • Pros and Cons of Popular JS Frameworks

1. Angular.js

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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 in 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. The latest release Angular 4 offers a host of new features.

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Among its popular users are GoDaddy, Forbes, Udemy, Ford, The Oscars, NBA, etc. The top countries where the framework is being searched are India, Belarus, Sri Lanka, Israel, Bangladesh.

ProsCons
Two-way binding with the DOM programming interface (automatically synchronizes the view and the model)Complexity of the background knowledge necessary to work with the framework effectively
Properly documented architectureTroubles with search engine indexability in single page applications (crawlers cannot access JavaScript and reach only static pages)
Possibility to create custom DOM elements (directive)Difficulties with debugging scopes
Aimed at making application testing easierNegative influence of many DOM elements on performance
Supported by Google which means more innovations 
Great community that is always ready to answer questions and assist in solving issues 
Works well with the $resource module that allows good interaction with back-end 

2. React.js

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If you like the user interface of Facebook and Instagram then you might like React.js too. This very framework is behind the front-end scenes of the two social giants. There are other companies that benefit from using it: Atlassian, BBC, Coursera, Dropbox, Flipboard, Netflix, Paypal, WhatsApp.

React.js was created by the team of Facebook developers and came out in 2013. Being pretty new in comparison with other JavaScript frameworks it confidently wins its niche. Countries with the highest interest in it include Singapore, Philippines, Norway, Czech Republic, and the United States.

Pros

Cons

The most rapidly developing JavaScript frameworkDifficult to master for a newbie in web development
Fast growing communityLack of properly done documentation
Reusability of code due to react componentsThe framework is not full enough and a developer needs some experience to be able to choose additionally required libraries
One-way data flow that is very good in web UI 
Virtual DOM that speeds updates 
Native libraries, released in 2015, that reveal React advantages for mobile apps (iOS, Android) 
Easy to debug 

3. Ember.js

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Introduced in 2011 this open-source JavaScript framework was named the best in 2015. Its closest competitors are Angular and React. Ember could be a good solution for a startup or for a business looking to build complex web apps.

Ember community is quite big and active. The framework itself seems not to disappoint its followers. It is being constantly updated and changes are introduced pretty often. Its advantages have been appreciated by Yahoo, ZenDesk, Groupon, TED, Microsoft, KickStarter and so on. People from Canada, India, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom have the strongest relevant search habit.

Pros

Cons

Active communityRather large in size
Constant development of featuresHigh-level structure that can sometimes lead to code breaks
Very simple to learnSometimes unable to process quick changes to code; Sometimes unable to process quick changes to code
Stable performanceOutdated documentation and tutorials can be found on the web from time to time
Ability of self-configuration 
Two-way data binding 
Fast speed of load and run 

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4. Meteor.js

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The key to Meteor is hinted at right in its name: speed. If you’re looking to rapidly develop smaller, reactive applications on the Node.js platform, Meteor is definitely an excellent choice.

Meteor is a full-stack, highly opinionated MVC framework for Node.js that’s a little less flexible than a more lightweight framework. If you’re working with a MEAN stack (or any variation of it that includes the Node platform), bringing Meteor into your software stack is going to help you accelerate the development of iOS, Android, and web applications.

It uses a mix of front-end JavaScript that runs in the browser, back-end JavaScript that runs on a Meteor server within a Node.js container, and any other HTML, CSS, and static assets to create highly reactive user interfaces (UIs)—the kind that updates information within the UI without having to hit refresh. This is the kind of UI users have come to expect, and for many companies, it’s the number one technical requirement they have for their apps. Also, it integrates with Apache Cordova, AngularJS, React, and MongoDB.

Pros

Cons

Comes with a ton of integration, support, and features right out of the boxIt only integrates with the MongoDB database. That means no support for SQL databases
Its speed comes from its ample scaffolding, libraries, and excellent communityHistorically, there have been issues using Meteor with a pre-existing MongoDB installation
It’s reactive and creates the real-time updated is that modern app users expect.If your app is going to get big, you may need a more scalable stack than Meteor
Its built-in integration with Apache Cordova offers immense business value. 
It’s got plenty of libraries and packages to extend its functionality. 
 

5. Vue.js

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Vue 2.0 was also introduced in 2016 and it took the best from Ember, React and Angular, putting all that into a handy package. It is proved to be faster and leaner, comparing to React and Angular 2.0.

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.

ProsCons
It hits a sweet spot between readability & maintainability and funNot descriptive runtime errors in templates
It is very easy to startThe framework is young. No stable community components
The greatest benefit of Vue is its absence of pedigree. It is fresh and has little baggageChinese comments in code across most of the community libraries
It has got some fairly basic docs but they do a good job

Wrapping Up:

All these frameworks are used to make the user interface of your web app work fine and smoothly.The list of the best JavaScript frameworks is not limited to five only. This quick overview is aimed at helping you out in case you need to decide upon one of them.

If you have any query related to JS frameworks or you are in a need to develop your website on any JS framework, get a Quotation Now for JavaScript development.

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