In our fast progressing world, the scope of sticking to one framework is next to none. With a rise in innovation, the expectations of the users rise as well. Now, to meet their rising expectations, it is essential to invest in super scalable frameworks, especially when it comes to frontend. 

Frontend is everything a user experiences, and UX designs can yield conversion rates up to 400%. So, now we know why we need a competent framework for our frontend. But, how do we settle on one when there are so many to choose from? Well, that’s what we will help you decide through this blog post. 

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Before diving into the frameworks, let’s take a quick look at what frontend is and what exactly it entails. 

Frontend is everything you see and experience when you interact with a web application. It is built using a combination of sophisticated technologies, including HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Developers design and construct each aspect of a web page from buttons, menus, links to graphics, and so much more. 

Frontend frameworks are tools that help developers build an interactive design for your website. They primarily facilitate the technology required in carrying out complex customizations and functions, such as making the website’s mobile version as seamless as the desktop one. According to statistics, 85% of adults think a business’s mobile website should be as competent, if not better, than its desktop version. These tools also assist in making your user experience richer, faster, and smoother. 

Here’s a guide to top frontend frameworks in 2021!

Employing the right kind of frontend framework will require you to define the needs for your web application before you start with the selection process. Since most of these tools have specific functions they excel at, it becomes highly essential to keep a scale in mind. If you want to build a large-scale web application, the best tools for the job would be vue.js, react.js, and angular. On the other hand, if you want a small-scale application, jQuery would be your best bet. 

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React 

React was developed by a Facebook employee as a framework to assist in the then-budding platform’s constant need for updates. React allowed the team to make changes in the code more quickly and on a bigger scale. React has a Virtual Document Object Model or DOM, which boasts exceptional functional value, making it one of the top preferred choices by developers. Another reason React is favored by many is that it is relatively easy to learn. 

  • React also allows you to reuse an already established component in your code, making it convenient to collaborate and use the component in other parts of the web application. 
  • React ensures the fast rendering of high-load web applications, thanks to its virtual DOM, which also facilitates seamless and faster performance. 
  • New changes and introductions can easily be facilitated by the React framework, which leads to an increase in productivity and maintenance. 
  • React even has a browser extension- React Developer Tools, that allows developers to make precise observations for their various components and enables them to make their work better. 

With all these advantages come a few limitations. 

  • React primarily works on the user interface part of the web application, and in order to complete the entire set, the usage of other technologies is required. 
  • Since the components are so easy to update, it can get difficult to maintain proper documentation and records for all. 

Angular 

Angular is the only frontend framework based on TypeScript. It was initially launched by Google in 2010 and was re-worked upon and deployed in 2016. It is also an open-source platform like React and has an additional two-way binding feature. This two-way binding feature allows a developer to view their changes in real-time which improves the efficiency of the task done manifold. 

  • Since it has Directives, it becomes easier for developers to move around the Document Object Model and make changes to the web application. 
  • Angular is used by some of the top companies in the world like Microsoft Office, BMW, Forbes, Gmail, Upwork, and more since creating multi-page web applications is most convenient with it.
  • The dependency injectors allow decoupling components of code to reuse them in any other way, making Angular a preferred choice. 
  • There is a large community of developers that are easily accessible. 

Some of its limitations include- 

  • Dynamic applications may not perform as expected and can lag at times. 
  • It is certainly not an option for small-scale web applications and will lead to wastage in time and resources. 

VueJs

VueJs is a mix of the two best frontend frameworks. The developers of VueJs incorporated the best features of the two in a single framework to enhance productivity to the max. VueJs is fairly simple compared to Angular but has the two-way binding feature, visual DOM, and component-based programming approach. It is the perfect option for building dynamic and small web applications!

  • VueJs has detailed documentation that enables the developers to make the best of the framework. 
  • It supports both kinds of web applications- small and dynamic. 
  • VueJs syntax is extremely simple, this super easy to work on. 
  • Several big platforms also use VueJs, such as 9gag, Xiaomi, Alibaba, and more. 

Some drawbacks of options for VueJs include- 

  • Since it is still a growing framework, it does not have a very large community. This can make it hard for you to find good developers. 
  • Although it provides a lot of features, the offerings are not as elaborate as Angular. 
  • It can be difficult to build stable components with VueJs. 

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Now that we know what the frameworks entail, let’s help you make a choice!

Since each of the frameworks has a different set of strengths and limitations, it can be hard to choose one. The choice will largely depend on your scaling requirements and design needs. And that’s not all; there are so many more frameworks that you can explore if none of these fit the bill for you! 

No matter which framework you choose, we can help you develop the most scalable, fast, and secure web application!

Saffron Tech has an elaborate portfolio of successful web applications that we have created for our clients. Allow us to gear in our 12+ years of expertise and help you build an application perfectly in line with your needs. Call us now!

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