These Are the 8 Most Popular Web Frameworks
8 Web Frameworks Everyone Should Know
The world of web development is progressing rapidly. New web frameworks and libraries are springing up every day to make developers' lives easier and applications even more powerful. Nevertheless, there are a handful of frameworks that have firmly established themselves in the market.
Bootstrap is the classic among the frontend frameworks and offers the developer a large selection of UI components and layouts that take a lot of work out of creating a website. The freely available framework uses a mobile-first approach. It provides a grid system with which responsive websites can be created quickly and easily.
Angular (formerly known as AngularJs) is an open-source TypeScript framework that can be used to implement single-page applications, or SPAs for short. With its component-based architecture and features, such as dependency injection or good test support, Google and the Angular community provide developers with a stable enterprise applications framework. A small downer in the history of Angular is the lack of backwards compatibility between AngularJs (version 1) and its successor Angular 2+ (from version 2)
Single-page apps can also be built with Facebook's React, which is also freely available. In contrast to Angular, React's component-based approach does not specify the structure of the application. Strictly speaking, the focus is only on the view of the application. If you want to build a complete SPA, React needs some support from other libraries such as Redux for state management or a component that takes care of the routing. With React's virtual DOM approach, the DOM can also be partially re-rendered, which makes the framework extremely performant.
Hybrid mobile apps can be created with the Ionic Framework. With the use of Angular 2 with TypeScript and Cordova (see above) to access the native system, the framework offers everything a hybrid app needs. Ionic is not just a framework that supports the developer in the code, it has become a complete hybrid app ecosystem. For example, apps can be generated with just a few commands using the Ionic CLI, or builds can be created for the various platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile). With the help of a large selection of ready-to-use UI components, which are strongly based on the native UI elements, nothing stands in the way of building a first hybrid app.
What Apache Cordova is for mobile devices, Electron is for the desktop. Electron also enables developers to create cross-platform apps programmed with web technologies (JS, HTML, CSS). Valuable time and money can be saved by using libraries like Electron that work across platforms. Many famous desktop apps like Visual Studio Code, Atom or Slack were developed with the help of Electron.
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