In May 2021, Stack Overflow conducted the 2021 Developer Survey to learn more about the tools developers use, how they learn them, and their opinions. More than 80,000 developers took part in the survey, 69.7% of them being developers by profession.
1. React JS
For new developers, React is easier to learn and use than other frameworks like Angular. It has extensive documentation, guides, and a growing community that lowers the learning curve. React is constantly evolving, which can be a downside as developers have to keep relearning new features. Examples of great websites built with React are Airbnb, Dropbox, Asana, and BBC.
jQuery is easy to learn and has been around since 2006 and therefore has a large community of developers. jQuery however cannot compare to modern web frameworks with advanced features. It is useful for simple applications but can lead to a large code base if used to create large applications.
Angular offers features like two-way data binding that allows real-time synchronization between model and view, has built-in dependency injection, and supports TypeScript. However, it has a steeper learning curve than React. Examples of websites built with Angular are Freelancer, IBM, and PayPal.
Express provides an easy way to manage routing, configure middleware packages, and integrate plugins into your server-side code. With Express, you can create RESTful APIs to integrate with other applications and dynamically serve static HTML files to the web. Twitter, Intuit, and Accenture are examples of companies using Express in the codebase.
It’s worth noting that Svelte held the top spot as the most popular web framework according to 71.47% of respondents and surpassed React at 69.28%.
Examples of companies using Svelte for their websites are The New York Times, Nesta, and Rakuten.
AngularJS was the most feared web framework
While Svelte was the most popular framework, AngularJS was the least popular. He was feared by 76.82% of respondents. This may be because in December 2021, Google discontinued long-term support for AngularJS after providing it for over three years. If you are using AngularJS in your application, you will need to migrate to Angular or other frameworks because over time your application may crash due to lack of updates.
The popularity of a framework can mean a large development ecosystem that can make it easy to learn. However, this shouldn’t be the only factor to consider when choosing a frame. Always think about where you want to use this framework. The design and functionalities of your application must come before the choice of the development tool. Next, research the framework to learn more about its features and complexities.
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