For each framework that we explore in today’s list, we will let you know the reason for its popularity, how to get started with the framework, and assess the maturity and community support of the framework.
If you are a new developer, this post should guide you in making a choice of frameworks that you can start with.
Let’s get the list going:
(In no particular order)
Angular provides you with the ability to control both UI components and behaviors. Angular treats each DOM element as a component. You can then either track or associate various behaviors to each directive.
Angular is a TypeScript based framework, so the learning curve is steep. You need to invest a significant amount of time to master Angular, though it would give you rewards later.
React is used in all of the parent company’s web and mobile products — Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Over the last few years, React has gained widespread acceptance as a top front-end framework for web applications.
While the core features of React are easier to learn as compared to Angular, you may need to move to third-party libraries for advanced functionality. The ability to create a hello world application in only a few lines is what makes React so popular.
Here’s a guide to creating your first application on React and some additional React UI component libraries and frameworks to help you with your next projects.
Vue gives you immense customizability potential while designing your web application. This makes it easier to learn and quickly build things on Vue. You can continue learning advanced features of Vue as you build more complex components. In fact, Vue’s customizability allows for an easy transition from any other framework.
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Aurelia is a modern, open-source UI library that was developed with the idea of simplicity in mind. It was released by Durandal Inc around the same time Angular 2 came out. Its community has grown in the last few years, so you should be able to find help online in case you stumble upon any roadblocks.
Due to its simplicity, it encourages you to be creative. The code to create a single component in Aurelia is similar to VanillaJS, which boosts its appeal among developers. Its built-in features like routing, powerful data binding, and testing allow you to create a robust front-end application. Aurelia is highly extensible and easily integrates with other third-party frameworks like React.
Aurelia’s quick start tutorial explains how to build a to-do application, and should be sufficient to get you started with the framework.
Ember includes Glimmer, a fast DOM rendering engine. This gives you the ability to render DOM elements from a template. Ember has a separate data layer, routing, and an inbuilt testing environment. Ember also has a command-line interface, which allows you to perform actions like rebuilds, auto-reload of components, and run unit tests. Further, Ember gives you the ability to integrate with high-quality, curated community Ember Addons for added functionality.
Here’s the quick start guide to create a basic component in Ember.
Mocha is a feature-rich testing framework written on Node.js. While other frameworks may provide testing modules, Mocha lets you test asynchronously too. Mocha tests run in a serial manner, which allows for flexible and accurate reporting of metrics.
Here’s a simple getting started guide for Mocha.
You should choose this framework if you require ready-to-use components. These components can be separated into five categories: data (data tables, filters), navigation (menus, hints), layout (accordion, dashboard), visualization (charts), and popups. Further, Webix separates the visual and data layers, which helps in modular development and testing. Webix also integrates well with an MVC framework if you are developing a complex web application. Here is a comprehensive list of widgets under Webix.
A basic perpetual license of Webix is priced at $449 for a single project and a single developer. Complex widgets such as pivots, kanban boards, and spreadsheets cost extra.
Gatsby, also called GatsbyJS, is a free and open-source React-based framework to create quick static websites and applications. A static website is a group of interlinked HTML pages that show the same content to all consecutive viewers. They do not connect to a database to pull new data on request.
Gatsby is an all-in-one static website generator. It allows you to define the content for your website, its routing and linking, and pulls data from a variety of data sources to build your static site on demand. Though Gatsby is fairly new, its popularity has led to significant community growth. For instance, here is a list of Gatsby themes maintained by the community.
Here is a quick start guide for Gatsby.
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Here’s a quick start guide for Babel, which helps you get familiar with the presets and configurations.
If you use a GUI-based text editor, you need to install a plugin to integrate the tests into your real-time coding environment. Here is the ESLint plugin for Sublime Text and Atom. This quick start guide helps you install ESLint on the server, which can serve as a precursor to the integration with a build system like Gulp or Grunt.
This JS library allows you to gather data from various data formats and data sources. D3 then uses
<div> elements to create a basic graph, or use the SVG element to bring in complexity. It encourages a modular approach by enabling a developer to reuse code. You can add interactivity to your charts too.
Here is a tutorial to create a bar chart in D3 for beginners.
<span> element, which you can later show if required. It is only a 1.5 KB plugin, with no dependencies that get a specific task done.
To use the Shave’s functionality, provide an HTML DOM selector and a max height to it. It integrates well with other plugins that may have more advanced truncating features. The benefit of using Shave is the ability to quickly transform a large number of elements together.
Here is a CodePen demo of Shave, which demonstrates the time required to truncate 50 elements.
This tool analyzes your application’s dependencies to create an internal dependency graph. This dependency graph maps every asset that your project depends on to generate bundles for various versions of your application. Here is a getting started guide for Webpack.
Any web element that you create with LitElement follows the Web Components standards. Hence, your components will easily integrate with any other framework too. LitElement allows you to customize the elements as well. LitElement web components work with all major web browsers.
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