- In 2018, Vue.JS surpassed React, but since 2019, React is getting back its momentum.
- Framework independent web components are growing rapidly.
- Developers are considering modular and reusable components.
- Angular 7 is on the rise with new interesting features.
- More focus on solution-driven APIs through GraphQL.
Although we see growing traction for framework-agnostic components, the demand for simple and scalable frameworks is still intact. Let’s look at the top 3 frontend and backend JS Frameworks.
#1 Angular 7
- Styling with CSS, SCSS, LESS using ng new / ng add commands.
- Virtual scrolling is now possible with ScrollingModule.
- Sorting and moving elements between the list has become simpler with the new DragDropModule function.
- Using TypeScript, Angular 7 has updated and enhanced dependencies.
Facebook introduced React in 2013 and it has been trending for the last four years. Although last year’s release did not include any major release (just minor bug fixes in React DOM and Is), it still boasts of its biggest knowledgebase, support, and community. The following are the reasons for the popularity of React among developers –
- Native UI: HTML 5 UI comes with several compromises in terms of intuitive user experience. React brings forth a new and highly functional approach to constructing user interfaces. In other words, the application UI is simply the function of the current application state.
- Component-based approach: It allows building encapsulated components that can be assembled to make complex UIs.
Ionic is a framework to build and deploy cross-platform (android, native iOS, web) apps. Developers prefer this framework especially because of its intuitive UI components. Apart from simple CLI, and impressive icons, the best features that Ionic delivers are –
- Deeplinking – it allows loading a specific view on the app from a web link.
- AoT Compiling – to load apps at a lightning-fast speed.
- Live Reload – to compile and redeploy apps at every stage of development.
It is a small framework particularly for developing applications in React. Next.js allows developing complex applications with minimal coding. This year, React and Next.js are going hand-in-hand. The growing popularity of React is driving developers’ inclination towards using Next.js. Its key features are –
- Allows building universal JS applications that are compatible with any server or device.
- Irrespective of the data source, server rendering is easier in Next.js.
- It has in-built styling but also works with every CSS-in-JS solution.
- Hot push: It allows new feature releases without app store approval or users having to download the native app again.
- Technology integration: It allows integrating popular frameworks and tools. Thus, utilizing the best features from other tech stacks/frameworks.
Special mention: GraphQL
GraphQL is a query language for APIs and provides a runtime environment for fulfilling queries. It is developed by Facebook and is a star performer in the Github community. Also, many developers believe — GraphQL can replace REST APIs very soon.
GraphQL addresses the following data issues-
- It gets all the necessary data to the client via a single request to the server.
- The client can communicate in a universal query language. Thus, the server need not specify the structure and composition of the returned data.
- It follows a declarative approach of describing the data requirements for the interface. Here, the focus is more on “what” rather than “how” making the information retrieval process simpler.
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