When it comes to selecting a framework, developers have their preferences. And they tend to get pretty religious about their choices. Without starting a holy war, let’s take a look at three of the most popular frameworks – Ember.js, AngularJS and React.
Ember, currently in release 2.3.0, is often used in large, ambitious web applications. Ember promotes ES205 syntax and relies on a straightforward API, but you must follow the framework’s strict coding rules, such as how to name files, or you’re bound to get into trouble. If you adhere to the rules, everything should work nicely right out of the box.
One of the coolest aspects of working with Ember is its release cycle. You get new versions every six weeks, which means bugs are fixed quickly and you needn’t wait forever for new features. If you discover a bug in the framework, you can share it on the GitHub open-source developer community, and chances are it will be fixed in the next release or two.
Ember does have a couple of downsides: It requires a steep learning curve, and because of its rigid coding structure, it’s hard to break out of the mold and do something different.
Created by Google, Angular has considerable financial power behind it, with many developers to support it. Angular was all the rage a couple of years ago and is now in release 1.5. Version 2.0 is currently in beta, which means it’s not quite ready for production, so use it at your own risk. Stick with 1.5 for business-critical projects.
If you plan to work with Angular 2.0, you must learn Typescript. But once you do, you’ll be able to easily switch an application developed in 1.5 to the new release because Angular 2.0 comes with an easy-to-follow migration guide.
React is the cool new kid on the block. Created by Facebook to develop application interfaces, it has generated a lot of hype over the past year. Because it handles only interfaces, it’s not really a complete framework. But you can combine it with projects built on Angular, Ember and – theoretically – any other framework.
Because of all the hype, it has an active community. Everybody wants to work with React, and that’s a good thing because the community has built numerous plug-and-play components that are easy to integrate. Say you need a video player, you can build and integrate it with other systems.
In future blogs, will delve deeper into each platform.
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