Challenging the Traditional Web Development — Top JavaScript Trends 2019

Ronak Patel
Jul 2 · 8 min read

Web development arena is going through constant changes and developments. With the increased use of JavaScript for frontend development, the trends in technology have turned out to be a hot topic in the software market. If we look at the emergence of technologies, things are not much different for JavaScript. Here new technologies keep on improving and competing with each other so as to become popular in the developer community. The changes in the technologies and tools are taking place at a very high speed. This can be evident from the way companies are switching their tools.

Angular, React, Vue.js and Node.js are today the most used JavaScript frameworks in the market. Let’s see what Google Trends has to say about it:

Google Search Trends

Latest JavaScript frameworks

The latest JavaScript frameworks which you can use for your business project are:

Angular

It is one of the most powerful JavaScript frameworks that are open source in nature. This efficient framework is operated by Google and is mostly used by the developers to build Single Page Applications. In order to perform data binding, it extends the HTML into the app and interprets its attributes.

It enjoys 59,573 stars and 28,875 forks on GitHub.

React

React framework was created by Facebook. This JavaScript framework became popular in the market in a very short period of time. React is mostly used to create dynamic User Interface of web pages as well as operate it. Here it is very easy to have integration of virtual DOM in the application as it makes use of the same.

It enjoys 131,719 stars and 24,332 forks on GitHub.

Vue.js

Vue.js is one of the recently developed JavaScript frameworks which rose to fame in just a few years of time. Since its launch in 2016, it has managed to prove its worth by developing many features. It helps the developers with building Single Page Applications and here offers an amazing feature of dual integration mode. If you want to develop cross-platform solutions, it can be considered as a reliable platform.

It enjoys 142,374 stars and 20,518 forks on GitHub.

Ember.js

It was in 2015 that Ember.js got introduced into the software market and since then it has managed to get the attention of the developers and businesses through its wide applications. When it comes to handling complex User Interfaces, Ember.js is considered a reliable option because it offers support for two-way data binding. Some of the popular websites which have been developed using Ember.js are Nordstrom, Netflix, LinkedIn, and others.

It enjoys 21,063 stars and 4175 forks on GitHub.

Meteor

Meteor is said to cover a major part involved in software development. Some of the main areas where the Meteor framework is used are backend development, business logic, management of the database and rendering the frontend of the website.

It enjoys 41,145 stars and 5,032 forks on GitHub.

Mithril

Mithril is a JavaScript framework which is mainly focused on developing Single Page Applications. It is a client-side framework. As here the functions are coming from a base class, the framework implementation is much easier here. It is fast, small and offers routing and XHR utilities. It comes with some features which are similar to that of React.

It enjoys 11,292 stars and 859 forks on GitHub.

Node.js

Node.js is an open source server-side JavaScript runtime environment used for developing applications on cross-platforms. The framework can work with event-driven architecture and is capable of driving asynchronous I/O. It shows properties which are similar to Java, like packages, threading, loop formations, etc. as it works on JavaScript Runtime environment.

It enjoys 62,377 stars and 14,105 forks on GitHub.

Polymer

Polymer is a JavaScript library which is open source in nature and comes from internet giant Google. It is capable to develop elements for the website without getting to the complex area. With Polymer it is possible to widen the areas of your application as it supports both one-way and two-way data binding.

Aurelia

Aurelia is a JavaScript framework which has been added latest to the list and is used for the implementation of an interface. If you want to develop far more robust websites then you should definitely make use of this next generation framework. For various purposes like data binding, the framework of Aurelia can extend the HTML. Its modern architecture makes sure that the interpretation can be done for both server-side and client-side at a time.

It enjoys 11,039 stars and 665 forks on GitHub.

Backbone.js

Backbone.js is one of the popular JavaScript frameworks available in the market. It can be used by developers to carry out the development of Single Page Applications. This JavaScript framework is quite easy to understand and grasp. The main idea behind coming up with this framework is to let the server-side functions to move through an API. This will let the developers complete complex coding by writing fewer amounts of codes.

It enjoys 59,573 stars and 28,875 forks on GitHub.

Rise and fall of different frameworks

If you have closely monitored different JavaScript frameworks and libraries then you would have realized for sure that every time a new one popped up and claimed to be the best one in terms of their previous solutions.

A few years back jQuery was considered as the most favorite JavaScript solution for developers and this changed with the introduction of AngularJS. React which was introduced later started to contribute towards the use of JavaScript frameworks. It was at this point that AngularJS started to lose its popularity and things completely changed with the shift to Angular.

It was in 2010 the JavaScript frameworks like Backbone.js and Ember.js hit the market. In the coming months, both of them managed to get the attention of the developers and they were used more for different projects. Like the predecessors, they soon lost their markets too and in the next few years, their popularity dropped drastically.

It was during this period that Vue.js hit the market. In the beginning, it was not able to make much hustle in the market but, later, it managed to move up on the graph. Today Node.js is considered as one of the top JavaScript frameworks which can be used for your JavaScript-based project.

The journey of great JavaScript frameworks — Angular, React, Vue.js, and Node.js

AngularJS to Angular 8

Even for beginners who are trying to build up a profession in web development, Angular will not seem to be a new term. This frontend web framework JavaScript is open source and was created by Google in 2010. The challenges that developers face with single page application can be resolved using Angular JS development services.

Since its inception, Angular has gone through a number of releases which covered from Angular 1 to 8 in quick progression which has made it difficult for the businesses to make use of it for their projects.

The latest Angular 8 comes with a number of features like:

Let’s Begin with Ivy

  • Ivy has been the most awaited feature of Angular which developers and users have been waiting since it was announced during the release of Angular v6. It’s a new render engine and Angular compiler, which is capable enough to produce smaller bundles and simplifies incremental compiling.
  • Differential Loading is all new process which the browser, based on its capabilities, chooses between modern and legacy JavaScript. It frees developers to determine the browsers’ compatibility.
  • Lazy Loading has been the part of Angular since the very beginning. Now the route configuration uses dynamic imports and that is done using loadChildren key in the route configuration.
  • Angular Version 8 supports 3.4 now as it was previously supported TS 3.1.
  • he Service Worker has also received updates which enables you to specify when the registration should take place while in the previous version (such as Angular v7 or older), it used to wait for the service worker to be stable to get register and avoid the slow start.

ReactJS to take up the leadership

It has been seen that Reactjs Development is reigning the leadership of JavaScript tools for the last three years and there is no way it is giving away its position anytime now. If we talk about JavaScript frameworks in 2019, there is change expected to happen in this area. No doubt the popularity of Vue.js has increased profoundly; React is still remains to be the popular choice for Javascript developers when it comes to web development.

It was in 2013 that Facebook created ReactJS and they still make use of it in their projects. When it comes to web development, it is considered as the top choice by developers.

It enjoys 131681 stars and 24,315 forks on GitHub.

Based on the survey conducted by Stack Overflow in 2018, React is the third most popular technology out there followed by Node.js and Angular. Still, it has to be said that ReactJS is quite a popular JavaScript tool which enjoys the support of a larger community and comes with the biggest knowledgebase.

The rise of Vue.js

Even though Vue.js is a new technology, its popularity has managed to increase by each passing day. It has already gained the trust of Alibaba and GitLab. It was in 2014 that Evan You, a former software developer at Google created Vue.js. He was in charge of creative experiments and UI/UX prototypes. After that, based on his knowledge on web development, he came up with a framework which is lightweight and had the idem capability.

Today, Vue.js is called as one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks which have been used for Single Page Application development and it enjoys 142,316 stars and 20506 forks on GitHub.

If you want to build applications that are easy-to-fix and lightweight, Vue.js can be called as the perfect option. Here the learning curve is low which means that it can be easy to get started with software development as you will be able to learn to use the tools quickly.

Things that you can expect from Vue.js in 2019 is native TypeScript support, better performance with Vue 2.x, proxy support, SVG animations, Nuxt.js framework for amazingly well development experience that is streamlined and stable API.

It is expected that Vue.js will grow even better in the coming years and its popularity will grow too. In a span of 3–4 years, Vue.js is said to beat its competitors in the market and it will enjoy the support of a strong community.

Node.js

The popularity of Node.js development has clearly increased with each passing year and this can be seen in the number of increased download of this open source software. This means the increased implementation of JavaScript code outside of a browser. Node.js is built on V8 Engine the JavaScript Engine of Google’s Chrome. When we look into modern web apps on the server-side, there are no competitors for Node.js among developers who are planning to work on JavaScript.

Conclusion

The world of web development is moving at a fast speed and there is always a lookout for new technologies and tools to be used. In order to speed up the development process and even to improve and simplify it, most of the JavaScript programmers follow the trends. Every year new versions of many of the JavaScript libraries and frameworks are released so as to meet the needs of the coders. So which of the JavaScript framework or tool, you should choose for your project, again completely depends on what you expect from the technology and what you want it to do for you.

Ronak Patel

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An IT enthusiast, who love to explore the ocean of technology. With a goal to fullfill his enthusiasm, he founded an IT development firm — Aglowid IT Solution