Pros and Cons of Popular JS Frameworks
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.
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.
|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|
|Possibility to create custom DOM elements (directive)||Difficulties with debugging scopes|
|Aimed at making application testing easier||Negative 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|
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.
|Fast growing community||Lack of properly done documentation|
|Reusability of code due to react components||The 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|
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.
|Active community||Rather large in size|
|Constant development of features||High-level structure that can sometimes lead to code breaks|
|Very simple to learn||Sometimes unable to process quick changes to code; Sometimes unable to process quick changes to code|
|Stable performance||Outdated 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|
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.
|Comes with a ton of integration, support, and features right out of the box||It only integrates with the MongoDB database. That means no support for SQL databases|
|Its speed comes from its ample scaffolding, libraries, and excellent community||Historically, 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.|
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.
|It hits a sweet spot between readability & maintainability and fun||Not descriptive runtime errors in templates|
|It is very easy to start||The framework is young. No stable community components|
|The greatest benefit of Vue is its absence of pedigree. It is fresh and has little baggage||Chinese comments in code across most of the community libraries|
|It has got some fairly basic docs but they do a good job|