Utilising web technologies for native user experience is going to be a key trend for several years ahead of us. Naturally, JavaScript frameworks will continue to enjoy the same popularity and traction as ever before. There is no wonder in the fact that every year we find a whole array of new JavaScript frameworks built to deliver features and functionalities to meet the shortcomings of other frameworks. Apart from this, every JavaScript framework gets updates once in a while to stay updated with the latest development trends and needs. In 2020, this is not going to be a lot different.

Here we are going to explain the top 5 JavaScript frameworks that are going to enjoy highest traction and popularity among the developers and across a multitude of projects.

Angular

Angular which is nothing but the latest version of AngularJS has arrived in 2016 and ever since became popular among developers of all niches. Modularity of the framework which allows utilising the framework across various projects is the key strength of Angular. This also helps Angular to remain lightweight and offer fast paced performance. Another core element is the Angular CLI which helps streamlining a project smoothly.

Angular Ivy is another key feature that helps in code compilation and rendering. Through every subsequent update Ivy continues to be more popular and with Angular 9, Ivy is going to be more powerful than ever before. Angular is highly adaptable, flexible and feature-rich JavaScript framework that still empowers countless projects and adds an ease for Angular Developers. The only downside is Angular has a bit steep learning curve compared to other JavaScript frameworks.

Here are the pros and cons of Angular.

-> Pros

  • Angular comes with an expansive ecosystem of tools and resources. 
  • Angular is a mature framework that evolved through several key updates. 
  • Angular is capable of generating high quality code. 
  • Angular offers an elegant and well articulated programming style and syntax.

-> Cons

  • Angular has a steep learning curve. 
  • Angular involves a lot of complexities for small budget projects. 
  • Angular because of the complexities and lot of tasks is less productive for developers. 

React

React JS

React is not actually a framework, but a fully fledged library. As a highly competent and equipped Javascript library which is built and taken care of by Facebook, React stands apart from most JavaScript frameworks in many respects. At present it is the most popular JavaScript framework with too many app projects being handled by the React Native app development company. Couple of years ago by surpassing Angular, it became the leading JavaScript framework. 

Let’s have a quick look at the pros and cons of React framework.

-> Pros

  • React is tremendously flexible. 
  • React has a smaller footprint in size. 
  • React updates are gradual and small enhancements that do not cause issues to stability. 
  • React can easily be combined and work with other libraries. 

-> Cons

  • React developers have some prior experience with other tools or programming languages. 
  • The learning curve is not straightforward simple as it depends on the chosen background solution. 
  • React doesn’t come with a very robust documentation.

Vue.js

Vue

Vue.js as he open source JavaScript framework came into being in 2014 and ever since it has continued to become one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks with large following and a huge developer community around the world. In 2020 the framework is likely to remain at the top of priorities for most app development projects.  It has garnered the reputation of being most adoptable framework while being extremely simple and lightweight.

Let’s have a look at the key pros and cons of the framework.

-> Pros

  • Very little or negligible learning curve. 
  • Small footprint or size. 
  • Easy to set up. 
  • Easy to adopt across projects of different languages.

-> Cons

  • Vue boasts of a very small set of tools. 
  • Vue is still young and has a developer community. 

Node.js

Are you looking for a great backend framework that along with tools can also offer the strength of full stack development? Well, there cannot be a better choice than NodeJS. NodeJS has evolved as the only JavaScript framework with countless tools and over the years have birth to several new frameworks for frontend development as well.

Here are the key pros and cons of the framework.

-> Pros 

  • NodeJS ensures optimum scalability for the apps. 
  • NodeJS offers a very low learning curve. 
  • NodeJS has full-stack development capability for most web apps. 
  • With full stack capability it can work on both server side and client side applications. 
  • Google V8 engine ensures optimum performance. 
  • It boasts of a huge developer community. 

-> Cons

  • NodeJS is known for very unstable API and this results in incompatible changes during updates. 
  • It boasts of a very small library compared to other frameworks. 

Backbone.js

Backbone.js as a JavaScript framework has been around since 2010 and just because of the single dependency Underscore.js, it is always lightweight and low footprint framework. Moreover, boasting of a MVP (Model View Presenter) pattern, it remains as a highly performance focused framework.

Let’s have a quick look at the key pros and cons of BackboneJS.

-> Pros

  • It’s extremely lightweight and low footprint framework in spite of being more of a library than just a framework. 
  • In contrast to other JavaScript frameworks Backbone provides a lot of control over performance, especially in the context of the mobile apps. 

-> Cons

  • Because of being a less opinionated framework it doesn’t help developers a lot. This reduces the productivity of the developers. 
  • For the same reason of being less opinionated Backbone is unclear about architecture at times. This also lowers the development speed. 
  • BackboneJS is accused to cause memory leaks as per many developers. This is a serious concerning area. 

Conclusion 

While there is no stopover in the popularity of the JavaScript frameworks in the years to come, in 2020 the above mentioned frameworks and libraries are likely to enjoy bigger dominance as app development technologies.