There’s a huge variety of JS frameworks on the Internet, and an even larger number of differing reviews on them. We’ve gotten really bored with standard comparisons such as Angular vs React, and decided to create our own survey of the trendiest frameworks of 2017.
TypThe popularity of JS frameworks was measured by the Hot Frameworks Ranking and K&C’s years of web development experience. Below are the most discussed and widely used frameworks we suggest you work with.
Angular 1.4 probably had the largest community of developers, but due to numerous performance issues, Angular.js was completely redesigned in versions 2 and 4. Angular 4.0 enabled programmers to build anything, from a single-page mobile application to desktop and web apps. Angular 4.0 operates with a component-based architecture, strong dependency injection, an efficient logging service, and more.
The latest version is good for both startups and large enterprise portals as it enables fast code production and easy testing. In addition, Angular 4.0 testing technologies operate without a hitch and are really diverse (Jasmine, Angular testing utilities, Karma, Protractor). Angular 4.0 is based on modularity, which means similar functionalities are now kept together in the same modules. With this, Angular is now lighter and faster. A new View Engine was introduced in order to produce less code while using the Ahead of Time compilation. The results are quite notable on large apps. Angular’s strong points have already been noticed by PayPal, VEVO and IStock Photo.
The fastest growing JS framework, with more than a thousand contributors on GitHub. The crucial thing here is that React is more a library than a JS framework. Usually, React works in tandem with flux architecture. Alternatively, a state management layer called Redux can be used. As a JS library, React helps to divide your app into multiple components, but doesn’t clearly specify how to properly track the data and deal with all the events. Redux is used to avoid the mess and provide a simple way to keep the data and events in order.
Developed and used by Facebook and Instagram, React is maintained not only by a community of individual developers but also by such star users as Yahoo Mail, WhatsApp and Dropbox.
The number of reviews on Vue.js is huge and constantly increasing. Vue,js is a good choice for building user interfaces and fast development of cross-platform solutions and high-end single page applications. From a technical point of view, this framework is more React-like. It has proved to be faster than Angular2.0 and React, and works with two-way data binding and server-side rendering.
Trendy in 2015 and out of fashion today. Still, it’s a solid and clear framework with a wide variety of documentation and tutorials. Ember also features two-way data binding, quick server-side rendering of DOM and good performance on complex UIs. Ember is a good choice for web applications and websites with a kit of complex features. Though Ember is not so widely discussed as Vue, LinkedIn, Kickstarter, TED and Heroku are among its star users. That’s why we consider Ember to be a great choice.
Development speed and stable project support are the things a client looks for when hiring a development team. The advice we always give to our new clients - never chase trendiness, but follow real value. And only those who know the strengths and weaknesses of the various frameworks will be able to decide on the best solution. At K&C, we have deep experience working with different frameworks, including Angular for Medneo and React for Viabuy, just to name a couple. And we keep learning to make sure we can find the right solution for your company when it’s needed.