Creating a user interface that is responsive, fast and maintainable is not at all a simple task. Data is sent to server and results are parsed, data stores are updated, views are rendered and re-rendered… and there can be so much more to it. So we can easily understand that jQuery is not at all the miracle medicine that could take care of it all. We often do need different frameworks for different purposes.
A few years back, we heard of a JS framework almost every other day, but over the years some of them have emerged as true winners, while others have been discontinued or lost the race. Today we are featuring seven of the winning frameworks.
I said earlier that some JS frameworks have emerged as winners, but it doesn’t mean that these frameworks can replace each other and they are contesting for the same markets. Actually their usage, their pros and cons differ. Henrik Joreteg of AndYet.com has written a detailed article on pros and cons of popular JS frameworks. He has covered only a couple of the important ones but I’ll be covering all 7 of them. Don’t worry, I’ll keep my reviews as brief as possible.
The biggest quality this framework is that it is made by Google. I know, it is a stupid thing to be considered as a quality but actually it is a quality. If you are a true geek (like me) you’d love to study codes. Angular has the best code. It’s very neat, easy to understand and it is quite a learning experience if you study it deeply.
At its core, Angular.js is a templating engine that helps you craft UI’s for web and mobile applications. It works great with jQuery and of course, HTML5 expressions are built-in.
Here’s a live example of an app being made with Angular.js
Overall, Knockout is model-view-view model (MVVM) type framework but I love it for its ease of two-way data bindings. When you update one UI field, the underlying model variables update automatically.
Backbone, as the name suggests, is a powerful framework optimized to give you stability. With backbone, you can easily structure your web apps with the help of models and key-value binding. Custom event and collections of rich API’s are further advantages.
With Backbone, you can also add custom functionality and implement it by extending its core.
You like little hamsters? Ember is the little hamster of JS frameworks.
Even though ember is comparatively larger (93 KBs) than Angular.js or Knockout.js, but it does create a minified code that is absolutely quick.
Ember focuses on creating graphics. If you want to create a stylish front end, then this is the tool you need.
Enyo focuses on RWD (responsive web design) and it lets you create web apps that are fluid, fast and run perfectly on all desktop resolutions as well as mobile phones and tablets.
Even though Enyo’s main focus is creating responsive, fluid web apps but that does not mean that other JS frameworks don’t do this. It’s just that Enyo gives more focus to responsiveness compared to others.
Mojito is Yahoo’s answer to Google’s Angular. Of course, Angular is much more powerful but Mojito does offer very distinct type of features.
Mojito is made specifically for designing websites and apps for mobile devices. You can build high-performance HTML5 applications that run speedily and smoothly on mobile devices. This framework takes help from Node.js.
It is a compact, flexible, cross-browser tested advanced level JS framework ideal for intermediate to advanced level developers.
I suggest you check out the code of this framework even if you don’t plan to use it. It contains inspirational code which you should find interesting and full of learning.