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The 8 BEST JavaScript Frameworks

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With the advent of technology, we as a layman do not understand the dynamics of programming languages. We are just used to the impact or the convenience it has brought down in our lives. But programmers work tirelessly to make it happen and even they have to be decisive at times. One such situation is taking a call on the JS framework to use. A software framework allows the software functionality to change as per the user-written code. And JavaScript is also a similar kind of framework. Coders write this in JavaScript. And they can maneuver the functions as per the need and convenience. JavaScript is a multi-dimensional language that supports many programming styles. Some of the common styles that it supports are functional, imperative and event-driven. Earlier programmers used it at the client-side only. But now they prefer to use it as a server programming language as well. In all this is a programming language that connects with the web.

Developers across the globes prefer frameworks as these are more suitable to design websites. A JavaScript framework is a potent tool that enables easier and smoother for a developer to work with it. Any developer would want to work on a framework that will make the device more responsive. And this is the very reason why this is quite popular among developers when it comes to using high-level machine language. The developers often fall prey to a situation wherein they need to finalize the framework that is most suited to the code. This is not only interesting but also challenging. This article would enlighten our readers with the best JavaScript frameworks that developers prefer to use. This would be informative for the developers who have just begun to code. 

Angular

Angular

This JavaScript framework is one of the most efficient, open-source and powerful amongst all. Google Corporation operates this framework. Coders across the globe use this for developing a single page application SPA. It is instrumental in data binding application. This can extend HTML into the application and interprets the attributes.

React

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This framework is created by Facebook and it has become famous in short duration. It has earned popularity because of the convenience it gives to the developers. The main purpose behind this framework is developing and then operating a dynamic user interface of numerous web pages. This makes this task easier in the times of high-level incoming traffic. This happens largely because of the use of a virtual DOM. And this is why the integration of web pages with the application happens smoothly.

Meteor

meteor

As the name signifies this framework serves a significant part in programming and software development. These are significantly used in back end development, database management, developing logic and also for serving to the front end.

Vue.js

Vue

This is one of the new entrants in the arena. It has its way as one of the most preferred and utilized frameworks. This is by and large due to the features it renders. The main purpose is to develop a Single Page Application. The dual integration mode it comes with is one of the most striking features it offers. It allows programmers to create an intensive Single page application.

Ember.js

Ember

This framework has been a part of the industry since 2015. This is quite popular because of its wide variety of application areas. One of the most talked and potent features of this framework are two-way data binding. This makes the life of developers easy as it is reliable to handle complicated user interfaces. It is worthy and many leading websites like LinkedIn, Netflix and many more use this framework.

Aurelia framework

aurelia

This is one of the latest frameworks of JavaScript. This is compatible with most of the interfaces that are in use. This belongs to a new generation of frameworks that can develop more robust websites. These without any hassle can extend HTML to several purposes. And the most prominent is data binding. This comes with a modern architecture that ensures real-time interpretation at both the client-side and the server-side simultaneously.

Node.js framework

node

This is majorly used as a server-side JavaScript framework. This is open-source and it is useful in working on cross platforms. This framework is capable of driving both synchronous and asynchronous I/O systems. As it works in JS runtime thus shows similar properties like loops forming, packages, etc.

Polymer

Polymer

This framework is developed by Google Incorporation. It is potent to create elements of the websites without getting complex. The best feature of the framework is that it supports both one way and two-way data binding applications.

This is quite evident that the JS framework is vital for programmers. And they have served a great deal for the smooth functioning of the entire process. We hope our reader might have got some basic idea about the existence and utility of frameworks. And now with this information, one can choose the best JavaScript Framework for a designated purpose.

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Getting Started Guide

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In this section we will explain where to download Ample SDK, how to set up the development environment which will include: the client in which the application runs, the server which serves application resources, the IDE that is used for developing code and the debugger that will help debugging the code. Finally we will see how to deploy Ample SDK for use.

  • Downloading Ample SDK
  • Setting up Development Environment
    • The Client
    • The Server
    • The IDE
    • The Debugger
  • Deploying Ample SDK
  • Running a “Hello World!” application

Downloading Ample SDK

If you haven’t yet downloaded Ample SDK, go to the Download Ample SDK online web page and obtain a copy. On this page you can always get the latest stable version of the software as well as the latest weekly build. It is usually safe to download the weekly build for development purposes.

Setting up Development Environment

It is very likely that you already have a development environment setup that you are comfortable with. If so, you may skip reading this section and jump to the next section.

The Client

In order for an Ample SDK application to run, a standalone or embedded web browser is required. The most widely used web browsers are:

Pick up any, but remember: you will need more than one browser installed on your system in order to thoroughly test your application before it goes live. Although Ample SDK shields you from many differences between browsers, you may still run into an issue that was not covered. This is mostly true for CSS styling where rendering behavior is not only strongly inconsistent across major browsers, but also gets changed with the evolution of their software. We recommend testing your application thorough in at least the four most widely used browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari (or Chrome).

The Server

You can use any web server to serve your application files. The most widely used web servers are:

The choice of a web server usually depends on server-side technology you need, such as .Net, Java, PHP or Ruby.

The IDE

There is never a good recommendation on a what IDE to use. Some like apples, some like pears. However these are probably features of an IDE that you will find useful:

  1. Markup code highlighting / completion / validation
  2. CSS code highlighting / completion
  3. JavaScript code highlighting / completion

The most widely used IDEs are:

  • Eclipse
  • Netbeans
  • Aptana

The Debugger

Today all web-browser come with a debugger except for Firefox, which however have great Firebug and Venkman plugins. A good debugger usually has the following features:

  1. DOM introspection
  2. JavaScript debugging
  3. CSS runtime editing
  4. Network monitor

Deploying Ample SDK

Deploying Ample SDK for development is as easy as unpacking the downloaded archive into a directory on your web server (for the sake of the following section let’s call it {AMPLESDK_ROOT}). Worth mentioning here is that you can also run examples as well as your applications directly from the file system, however when developing real applications you will most likely need a web server to enable server-side scripting.

Running a “Hello World!” application

Now when you have everything in place you can try and run the “Hello World!” application. Navigate to {AMPLESDK_ROOT}/examples/helloworld.html file in your browser and see the result. If everything is right you should see a page with the red text “Hello world!” in bold. When clicking on the text an alert should popup with a message about the name of the element that you clicked on.

If you do not get the result described, there might be two reasons:

  1. You are running application from the file system in a browser with high security restrictions (Solution: lift security restrictions in your browser)
  2. Your web server does not serve content properly (Solution: examine the network activity details)

You may also try other examples accessible at {AMPLESDK_ROOT}/examples/index.html

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Drag And Drop / Resize UI managers enhancements

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The drag and drop UI manager in Ample SDK is modelled after Internet Explorer’s one, that had been existed in that browser for some 9 years already. This model has also been implemented by some other browsers recently and is going to become part of HTML5 standard. The resize UI manager in Ample SDK is also inspired by IE’s implementation.

These two principal managers had been existed in Ample SDK since its development start too, however there were some issues recently found and reported:

  • bug 71 – canceling Drag&Drop/Resize operation on Esc keyboard button click
  • bug 61 – Do not propagate any MouseEvent during Drag and Drop operation

The first issue is indeed usability improvement. Although the behavior could have been implemented by Ample SDK developer locally in his application, it is clear, that implementing such a “feature” as part of the Drag and Drop model is more efficient.

The second issue is an optimization suggestion, but it is also part of HTML5 spec. It clearly defines the behavior of a User Agent with respect to its MouseEvent events dispatching activity during the User Operation.

Both issues are now resolved, however they did not go into latest 0.8.4 release and will end up in the following update soon.

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