Best JavaScript Frameworks To Learn In 2017

JavaScript’s (JS) popularity continues to rise. Lately JS was named among the best programming languages to learn in 2017 by IBM. At this stage it is used on both client- and server-sides and helps to design flavorful interfaces, enrich web apps with numerous functions and features, modify web pages in real time and much more.

In the meanwhile, JS web frameworks have 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.

The advantages of using JavaScript frameworks:

  • Efficiency — projects that used to take months and hundreds of lines of code now can be achieved much faster with well-structured prebuilt patterns and functions.
  • Cost — most frameworks are open source and free. Since they help programmers to build custom solutions faster, the ultimate price for web app will be lower.

Here are the top 5 frameworks to learn in 2017.

jQuery

With the kind of lifespan that this project holds already, even those living under a rock will have heard of jQuery before. Whenever someone wants to extend their website (or mobile page) and make it more interactive; they rely on the functionality of jQuery. This tiny library transforms the whole web into a fully interactive and entertaining experience, with a reported whopping 70%+ of the World’s leading websites having something to do with jQuery. jQuery plugins and widgets are amongst the most searched components within the front-end developer orbit.

Companies like WordPress, Google, IBM and many others rely on jQuery to provide a one of a kind web browsing experience to its own staff and of course the vast ocean of internet users. jQuery is also fully compliant with mobile devices, and has a separate jQuery Mobile library to take care of all things mobile.

Angular

Angular 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 on 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.

React

It is considered the fastest growing JS framework as of today. There are about 1,000 contributors on Github. In MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern React acts as “V” and can be smoothly integrated with any architecture. Due to the usage of virtual DOM it provides a great performance boost, comparing to Angular 1.x. In addition to that, React components can be created and re-used among applications or even transferred for public use.

Despite the fact that React has a higher learning curve, it makes app development straightforward and easy-to-understand. Furthermore it can be a perfect fit for complex, high-load and awesome software solutions.

Ember

Back in 2015 Ember was called the best javascript framework for web application, leaving behind React and Angular. Today it boasts a huge online community, regular updates and wide appliance of JavaScript best practices to guarantee ultimate experience right out of the box.

Ember features two-way data binding, like Angular, keeping both view and model in sync for all the time.

Ember is commonly usable for complex feature-rich web applications and website. Among the top users are Chipotle, Blue Apron, Nordstrom, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Netflix and many others.

Moreover it has an easier learning curve and there are oceans of tutorials and guide available online.

Meteor

Meteor has grown from a simple inspirational idea into a fully functional and funded project that is home to thousands of enthusiastic developers. Meteor has in many ways revolutionized the developed of real-time mobile and web applications that can be built from within a singular development interface. Any web application built with Meteor is also automatically compatible with mobile devices — to the point where you can convert your existing web apps into mobile apps and published them on the most popular mobile app stores!

With the recent release of Galaxy (cloud hosting platform), Meteor is making front-end and back-end development a unified, complexity-less experience. Meteor’s a stable full-stack framework that supports native JavaScript language for helping you build modern and scalable web and mobile applications. The public package repository Atmosphere has thousands of published packages that will let you build multiplex applications on the fly.

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