Challenges in Front-end development – JavaScript frameworks

Nowadays, front-end development can be a really demanding job for developers.

We think that the biggest challenges are meeting client expectations and, at the same time, achieving the required user experience. Most of front-end developers tend to miss the important aspects of user experience and chose the easy way for a task, even if the technical solution they have opted for impacts the users.

Taking into consideration these two main challenges, let’s see how you choose the perfect solution both for your clients and for the users.

In order to answer to these needs, you should always take into account the following aspects:
1. Cross-browser compatibility – adjust CSS and JavaScript to work for the main browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer.
2. Web responsive design.
3. Performance in terms of loading time. You should be able to compress and deliver a page full of images quickly.
4. Which JavaScript framework to use. In the back-end, frameworks such as Rails or Django are popular because they make it really easy for developers to catch up with and understand the way in which code is organized in your project. When we speak about front-end, the battle between different frameworks is really intense, and when you make a choice, you should always think hard before reaching a decision.

In this article, we intend to present to you some facts about the last challenge, because it also encompasses the other ones.

In order to develop high quality applications, you should first take into consideration which is the optimal JavaScript framework to choose in order to achieve the project objectives. We all know that, on the one hand, each project has its challenges and, on the other hand, frameworks have been designed to accomplish different goals. Thus, when picking the right framework, you should have in mind both the framework’s capabilities and the design principles of your solutions.

The most frequently used frameworks are: AngularJS, Backbone.js, Ember.js, Foundation, Knockout JS, Batman.js, CanJS, Meteor and Spine.

The author of the JavaScript Framework Guide, Craig McKeachies, offers us a short overview of the first 3 most used frameworks in his article.

Moreover, the Web Design Degree Center provides us with another interesting article about AngularJS, Backbone.js, Ember.js and we see that AngularJS is the winner in terms of community.

As we said above, page load time is really important in the success of a website and this article treats this subject. To quote the author, “As an industry, we know that perceived website page load speed is critical to visitors. In one study, 47% of users expected web pages to load in under two seconds and 57% said they will abandon a page if its load time is 3 seconds or more. Google even considers page speed a factor in its search rankings”.

After reading a lot of users’ reviews of these 3 frameworks, we have come to the conclusion that opinions are split regarding front-end frameworks. Now, we would like to find yours. In your opinion, which is the best JavaScript framework and why?