The world changes so rapidly that everyone and everything have to keep up with the tempo not to be aside. This global and common truth can be fairly applied to app development too. One would hardly find entrepreneurs who don’t care about the time needed to build their projects. So, what can help in this regard?
The answer is frameworks. You know what this word literally means, right? It has approximately the same meaning in terms of development. There is a programming language to write code with but it is not an option to be used purely. If developers go this way it usually takes a lot of time and efforts. It is much easier and faster to wrap this language in a shell with stable architecture which contains a great number of libraries, plugins, and other solutions. Such approach has great advantages making code shorter, cleaner and more readable.
The variety of frameworks for each development platform is huge. It’s impossible to describe all of them and is, probably, not necessary too. Let’s narrow down our choice.
Now, let’s analyze the frameworks along with their pros and cons.
Among its popular users are GoDaddy, Forbes, Udemy, Ford, The Oscars, NBA, etc. The top countries where the framework is being searched are India, Belarus, Sri Lanka, Israel, Bangladesh.
- Two-way binding with the DOM programming interface (automatically synchronizes the view and the model)
- Properly documented architecture
- Possibility to create custom DOM elements (directive)
- Aimed at making application testing easier
- Supported by Google which means more innovations
- Great community that is always ready to answer questions and assist in solving issues
- Works well with the $resource module that allows good interaction with back-end
- Complexity of the background knowledge necessary to work with the framework effectively
- Difficulties with debugging scopes
- Negative influence of many DOM elements on performance
The name really reflects the core functionality that is good for either simple or complex web applications. This reputation is supported by Backbone’s biggest users, such as Foursquare, Pinterest, Kanban Tool, Sony Entertainment Network. The framework is available open-source and is quite easy to learn. It is most searched in India, Ukraine, United States, Canada, and Japan.
- Small in size, simple and fast
- Quite easy to learn
- Flexible (it is possible to develop anything on top of its minimal base)
- Clear structure that enables good performance
- Possibility of templating with third-party libraries
- Active community
- No two-way data binding that causes the use of boilerplates
- Difficulties with testing code
- Slow release of updates
- Lack of features that could make it stand out from the range of other frameworks
- Requires good developer experience to work with a great number of third-party libraries
If you like the user interface of Facebook and Instagram then you might like React.js too. This very framework is behind the front-end scenes of the two social giants. There are other companies that benefit from using it: Atlassian, BBC, Coursera, Dropbox, Flipboard, Netflix, Paypal, WhatsApp.
- Fast growing community
- Reusability of code due to react components
- One-way data flow that is very good in web UI
- Virtual DOM that speeds updates
- Native libraries, released in 2015, that reveal React advantages for mobile apps (iOS, Android)
- Easy to debug
- Difficult to master for a newbie in web development
- Lack of properly done documentation
- The framework is not full enough and a developer needs some experience to be able to choose additionally required libraries
Ember community is quite big and active. The framework itself seems not to disappoint its followers. It is being constantly updated and changes are introduced pretty often. Its advantages have been appreciated by Yahoo, ZenDesk, Groupon, TED, Microsoft, KickStarter and so on. People from Canada, India, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom have the strongest relevant search habit.
- Active community
- Constant development of features
- Very simple to learn
- Stable performance
- Ability of self-configuration
- Two-way data binding
- Fast speed of load and run
- Rather large in size
- High-level structure that can sometimes lead to code breaks
- Sometimes unable to process quick changes to code
- Outdated documentation and tutorials can be found on the web from time to time
Aurelia is a child of 2015. It is an official open-source product of Durandal that is famous for creating various tools, libraries, and frameworks. The reputation of its creators speaks for itself, so you can be sure that it will be under professional guidance. The community of experts will take care of that.
- Neat documentation
- Structure (Aurelia.js consists of modules that can be used as a full framework or separately)
- Two-way data binding that automatically synchronizes module with user interface
- High testability of code
- Various additional tools
- Commercial support from its creators
- New to the world of development so needs more time to be accurately discovered
In addition to the above data we could analyze general interest to the frameworks over time according to Google:
Not a surprise to see Angular, marked in red, beat its competitors in the contest. This framework still remains the most popular among developers.
The Last But Not Least
No matter what framework you choose, we hope that your project will get the most out of it and be a success.