JavaScript Frameworks That Will Attract You in a Big Way in 2018

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While some JavaScript Frameworks witness end of an era, others are topping the charts and redefining the way UI coding can be allayed.

You must have had a chance to try out one of the JavaScript frameworks as it is favored web development platforms, efficiently put to use by web app developers and businesses. JavaScript frameworks are surely going to give you more return than the time you spent on learning them. You’ll hear many web application developers saying that Software took over the world, web took over the software, but JavaScript took over the entire web.

JavaScript Evolution

JavaScript development community is surely enjoying the coziness of the hot seat since past few years with its ever-evolving JavaScript development frameworks. They follow a lifecycle. As soon as a new JavaScript Development Framework is released, JavaScript developers adopt it into their web application development and post blogs. Then there is a question-answer round on JavaScript development community and in the process, we get a brand new JS development framework, which usurps the throne. These are essentially JavaScript libraries or a set of pre-written JavaScript code that helps in the swift development of JavaScript-based applications.

JavaScript Framework Lifecycle

More modern JavaScript development frameworks that evolved with JavaScript – jQuery, Underscore, Knockout, Backbone, Angular, Clementine, Bootstrap, React, Vue.js, and Ember.

There was a time when jQuery used to adorn JavaScript tags and used to account for a number of new queries in JavaScript development community. But the entire scenario changed with the arrival of AngularJS and React. The trend soon shifted from Angular JS to Angular, coming over to Node.js, Meteor.js, React.js, and Ember.Js

Popular JavaScript Frameworks 2018

Catching up with current trends in technology scenario and satisfying customers on the way is the reason behind the popularity of JavaScript frameworks. 5 most popular JavaScript frameworks in 2017 were – jQuery, Angular, React, Ember, Vue.JS. While there has to be a compelling evidence for us to believe in the particular framework and what makes us switch from one to next, let’s see what is on our platter in 2018.

Rising of React.JS

React won the popularity battle in 2017. React.js completely took off and blew right past jQuery in job listings and almost every second web developer was from React. And subsequently, it became the first library to blow over jQuery in job demand in last 10 years.

jQuery

jQuery is one of the prominent JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML. jQuery UI is the perfect choice for building highly interactive web applications as it provides a curated set of user interface widgets, effects, themes and above everything it sits on top of jQuery JavaScript library. Needless to say, jQuery has been serving the purpose of manipulating and traversal of HTML documents, animations and handling events along with Ajax to avoid page reload on refresh. It works on multiple browsers and makes use of an easy to use API.

Angular

AngularJS is an open-source, Typescript based, front-end web application development platform that extends HTML attributes with Directives, and binds data to HTML with Expressions. AngularJS is the dynamic version of HTML and is thus used for building web apps, declarative templates with data-binding, MVW, MVC, MVVM dependency injection

Ember.JS

Based on MVVM pattern, Ember.JS is an open source JavaScript framework allows developers to build complex and scalable front-end web applications by utilizing best practices into the framework. With template integration, handlebars, and friendly API’s you will not have to explore more, rather just focus on making your web application special with minimal coding.

Vue.js

It got a lot of headline and lot many people liked it in 2017. But it still could not dislodge React.JS and it won’t be able to do it in 2018 as well. It was beaten by React.JS in user satisfaction. Vue.JS can however, pick up a lot many users from Angular.JS and jQuery but it will have to face the dust if it tries to snatch users from React.JS.

Node.JS

Built on Chrome V8 JavaScript Engine, Node.JS is a JavaScript runtime that makes use of an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model thus making it lightweight and efficient. Node.JS package ecosystem is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world. Node.JS is an open source server framework that makes use of JavaScript on Server and runs on various platforms like Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Unix etc. It supports caching, real-time application development and is extensible.

Differentiation between top JavaScript frameworks 2018

The ability of JavaScript to design, develop and modify web applications in numerous ways and to enable adding up ad-hoc functionalities in real time, customize according to changing client’s needs has made it so popular that as soon as one JavaScript framework completes its lifecycle, a new framework evolves. Some more popular frameworks that are used often – Laravel, Phalcon, Codeigniter, CakePHP, Zend.

Frameworks and libraries are two crucial factors that cannot be ignored during designing and development of web/mobile application front-end. While most of Java application development companies make their Java developers work on React.JS and Node.JS, former is more suitable for general app development use cases which essentially include mobile apps (Progressive web applications (PWA’s) and React Native), web applications, desktop content production apps and applications productive for office. React + WebGL, good for building interaction 3D web apps and handles basic functions like 3D model viewing or similar virtual reality experience. React can as well further combine VR experience to create a wholesome ReactVR.

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Neeti Kotia

Neeti Kotia

Neeti got her master's degree in software engineering in 2009 and has been working since for software companies of all sizes as a technical writer. What started as a high school passion has now been converted into a serious profession. She has a special knack of learning from all verticals and imbibing the extracts into her writing. She enjoys learning technical aspects of writing from her tasks where her experience and understanding are most impactful.

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