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June 4, 2020

The Pros and Cons of the Most Used JavaScript Frameworks

JavaScript frameworks, choose the one that suits your needs.

Today we will talk about the pros and cons of using each of the most used Javascript frameworks. The frameworks are Angular.js, React.js, Vue.js, Ember.js, Meteor.js, Node.js. Each framework has its one uniqueness and purpose to be used.

Angular.JS: the most used framework, developed by Google.

Pros:

The data synchronizes between the model and the view. Changes done to the model are displayed instantly in the view. The use of directives: It gives developers the power to use functions, create directives that can be customized. Dependency injection: A mechanism that makes the software components to be dependent on each other. It makes it easier to manage and better to use. It´s built on an MVVM architecture: This Model-view-View-model architecture allows us to separate the data from the view. Helps with application management.
Cons:

The devices where the developer works have to support JavaScript. There are several decisions that don´t support JavaScript. Despite almost all do, some don´t. The developer must know MVC. MVC is the way Angular.js is built. If the developer doesn't understand MVC, he can´t use Angular. The framework is designed to build dynamic apps, if your app becomes big there´s a point where the potential scalability doesn't match the app size and it results in a glitch.

React.JS: a JavaScript framework developed by Facebook.

Pros:

The frameworks count with a virtual DOM. It transforms the real DOM into a virtual one. Allowing developers to execute code faster and makes the user interface better. The data is unidirectional, meaning that the data flow one-way. Child elements do not affect parent elements. React uses JSX. It also reuses code components, allowing developers to create components that don´t have to be built multiple times. The development process is fast and precise.

Cons:

Developers say that the documentation for React.js could be better. The catalog is a framework with poor documentation. The platform advances faster than what they document. The learning curve is steep, meaning that it is not so easy to learn the framework.

Vue.JS

Pros:
The framework uses HTML templates. The data is combined with the DOM. The data travels two-ways. This allows HTML blocks to communicate faster. The framework has a high reactivity level. The models change and the view is updated instantly. The framework integrates easily with other applications and frameworks.

Cons:

The excess in flexibility usually makes the developer overcomplicate the project and make more mistakes. There is no good support. It is a new library and the team is fairly small. The platform doesn't have too many updates.

Ember.JS

Pros:

Their framework comes with Ember-CLI, it´s a command-line that support multiple useful tools such as SaSS and CoffeeScript. There are multiple templates to build good looking user interfaces. There is also an inspector that allows developers to inspect objects and debug easier.

Cons:

The learning curve for Ember.JS is steep. It´s not easy at all to learn how to use Ember. Despite it is a very useful tool, at the beginning most developers give up due to lack of resources and tutorials. Companies and developers have to spend a lot in figuring out how to use Ember.js. The framework only works for small to medium-sized projects, not suitable for big projects.

Meteor.JS 

Pros

The framework provides a full-stack solution for web applications. There are many packages and libraries. The packages and libraries are reliable and up to date. You can develop real-time web applications. The layers between the database and the templates are updated automatically. Developers using Meteor can code for front-end and back-end with one single Language.

Cons:

The integration is difficult. It doesn't integrate easily into other frameworks. It´s not beginner-friendly, the learning curve is steep at the beginning but becomes better with time. It only syncs with MongoDB. It doesn't update offline, if there is poor to no internet connection, the chances are that there won´t be synchronization.

Node.js

Pros:

It is a high-performance framework. It works on a V8 JavaScript Engine. The code is executed easily and quickly. It works for large web applications. Meaning that corporations and big startups tend to use Node.JS. It works for front-end and back-end development. The framework integrates very well with other frameworks. The support is corporate. The community is big and the contribution even bigger. The platform is always being updated and improved.

Cons:

The platform doesn't have a stable API. The API changes and are unstable. As API´s change, developers have to manually make changes in the platform. Third-party integrations are poor and don´t work fine. They mostly fail to be up to date.

In conclusion, today we have talked about the most used frameworks and described its pros and cons. We recommend you do your research in each specific framework as some may fit your needs and others won't. Despite a lot of frameworks that may appear similar, they all have differences. Some are better for small projects and more agile, and others are better for big corporations and more robust.  

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Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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DevelopersJune 4, 2020
The Pros and Cons of the Most Used JavaScript Frameworks
JavaScript frameworks, choose the one that suits your needs.

Today we will talk about the pros and cons of using each of the most used Javascript frameworks. The frameworks are Angular.js, React.js, Vue.js, Ember.js, Meteor.js, Node.js. Each framework has its one uniqueness and purpose to be used.

Angular.JS: the most used framework, developed by Google.

Pros:

The data synchronizes between the model and the view. Changes done to the model are displayed instantly in the view. The use of directives: It gives developers the power to use functions, create directives that can be customized. Dependency injection: A mechanism that makes the software components to be dependent on each other. It makes it easier to manage and better to use. It´s built on an MVVM architecture: This Model-view-View-model architecture allows us to separate the data from the view. Helps with application management.
Cons:

The devices where the developer works have to support JavaScript. There are several decisions that don´t support JavaScript. Despite almost all do, some don´t. The developer must know MVC. MVC is the way Angular.js is built. If the developer doesn't understand MVC, he can´t use Angular. The framework is designed to build dynamic apps, if your app becomes big there´s a point where the potential scalability doesn't match the app size and it results in a glitch.

React.JS: a JavaScript framework developed by Facebook.

Pros:

The frameworks count with a virtual DOM. It transforms the real DOM into a virtual one. Allowing developers to execute code faster and makes the user interface better. The data is unidirectional, meaning that the data flow one-way. Child elements do not affect parent elements. React uses JSX. It also reuses code components, allowing developers to create components that don´t have to be built multiple times. The development process is fast and precise.

Cons:

Developers say that the documentation for React.js could be better. The catalog is a framework with poor documentation. The platform advances faster than what they document. The learning curve is steep, meaning that it is not so easy to learn the framework.

Vue.JS

Pros:
The framework uses HTML templates. The data is combined with the DOM. The data travels two-ways. This allows HTML blocks to communicate faster. The framework has a high reactivity level. The models change and the view is updated instantly. The framework integrates easily with other applications and frameworks.

Cons:

The excess in flexibility usually makes the developer overcomplicate the project and make more mistakes. There is no good support. It is a new library and the team is fairly small. The platform doesn't have too many updates.

Ember.JS

Pros:

Their framework comes with Ember-CLI, it´s a command-line that support multiple useful tools such as SaSS and CoffeeScript. There are multiple templates to build good looking user interfaces. There is also an inspector that allows developers to inspect objects and debug easier.

Cons:

The learning curve for Ember.JS is steep. It´s not easy at all to learn how to use Ember. Despite it is a very useful tool, at the beginning most developers give up due to lack of resources and tutorials. Companies and developers have to spend a lot in figuring out how to use Ember.js. The framework only works for small to medium-sized projects, not suitable for big projects.

Meteor.JS 

Pros

The framework provides a full-stack solution for web applications. There are many packages and libraries. The packages and libraries are reliable and up to date. You can develop real-time web applications. The layers between the database and the templates are updated automatically. Developers using Meteor can code for front-end and back-end with one single Language.

Cons:

The integration is difficult. It doesn't integrate easily into other frameworks. It´s not beginner-friendly, the learning curve is steep at the beginning but becomes better with time. It only syncs with MongoDB. It doesn't update offline, if there is poor to no internet connection, the chances are that there won´t be synchronization.

Node.js

Pros:

It is a high-performance framework. It works on a V8 JavaScript Engine. The code is executed easily and quickly. It works for large web applications. Meaning that corporations and big startups tend to use Node.JS. It works for front-end and back-end development. The framework integrates very well with other frameworks. The support is corporate. The community is big and the contribution even bigger. The platform is always being updated and improved.

Cons:

The platform doesn't have a stable API. The API changes and are unstable. As API´s change, developers have to manually make changes in the platform. Third-party integrations are poor and don´t work fine. They mostly fail to be up to date.

In conclusion, today we have talked about the most used frameworks and described its pros and cons. We recommend you do your research in each specific framework as some may fit your needs and others won't. Despite a lot of frameworks that may appear similar, they all have differences. Some are better for small projects and more agile, and others are better for big corporations and more robust.  

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Vue.js
React.js
Angular.js
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Lucas Bonder -Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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