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Best Frontend Programming Languages to Create Beautiful and Fast Interfaces

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QArea Team Marketing Manager
January 10, 2019
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When we are talking about frontend development we should know that it exists only one unique frontend development language – JavaScript. In a pair with HTML (hypertext markup language) and CSS (cascading style sheets), it makes static web pages dynamic and more user-friendly. However, there are many new and progressive JavaScript frameworks and libraries which offer great development opportunities to make applications even more performant, flexible, and powerful.

Let take a close look at the JavaScript and its frameworks and find out how each of them is used to deliver frontend solutions of the highest quality.

JavaScript Rules Frontend Development

By default, JavaScript is at the first place when it comes to frontend development. Based on the StackOverflow survey (the survey involved by 64,000 developers), it is on the top among both frontend and backend programming languages and stays ahead of Java, Python, PHP, C#, and others. Because of JavaScript’s pervasiveness in front-end development there are many tools and extensions that help developers write, compile, and optimize code. JavaScript is compatible with all platforms, from web browsers to mobile and desktop operating systems.

Results of the aforementioned StackOverflow survey.

Results of the aforementioned StackOverflow survey.

The main principle of JavaScript is its capability to work with “events”. Events are user interactions with the application: clicks, swipes, taps, form submissions, etc. JavaScript defines the events, and gives instructions to the app’s backend based on users’ actions. Basically, it is a way of converting data to graphical interface to view and interact with data through digital interaction.

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JavaScript provides powerful opportunities for creating web pages, games, and other interactive programs. Furthermore, JavaScript has a variety of libraries and frameworks which boost its capabilities and allow developers to do real magic with their code. Let’s take a closer look at them.

React

React is a JavaScript framework with over 110,000 stars on GitHub. It was developed by Facebook and allows developers to create user interfaces with powerful dynamic capabilities. Web pages developed in React are fast and the switching between elements is very smooth. It allows businesses to increase their user loyalty as it offers great user experience and leaves positive emotions from visiting such web pages.

React is compatible with most setups of an application’s backend. Also, it makes developers’ work easier thanks to the possibility of dividing each page into small elements (components). Each component is a piece of code which represents a unique element of a web page. With a fresh React 16.6 update, it became even more flexible. The significative changes have touched React Lazy, Memo and ContextType. It means that now React is even faster.

The React community grows. Meetups, conferences, and roundtables are an integral part of the React developer community life. It makes React attractive to young specialists and encourages their personal development.

Angular

This one was developed by Google. Angular is the second, improved version of the previous AngularJS framework. It is harder to learn compared to React, but it provides more practical frontend solutions. It allows developers to build highly scalable and complicated applications with sophisticated business logic, functionality, and visually attractive design.

There are different ready-made extensions and instruments which simplify developers’ work. Among them are Angular CLI, Compodoc & ngd, Snippets for Angular, etc. The complete documentation includes all necessary information which helps developers resolve complicated tasks more efficiently. Also, Angular possesses a unique cross platforms framework, NativeScript, for efficient development of native mobile applications.

The Angular community is large and continues to grow while there are thousands of applications written in Angular. Such big corporations as JetBlue, PayPal, UpWork, Guardian, and more use Angular for their frontend needs.

Vue.js

This is a real gift for frontend development. It is easy in use, clear and simple regarding the development of engaging and well-structured web pages and single-page applications. This programming language was designed to organize and simplify the development of web elements and it is quite adaptable. It offers fast and reliable solutions for small and midsize businesses due to the great price/quality ratio and the big popularity among frontend developers.

Vue.js is a great choice for beginners and all who want to start to do real and useful projects in a short period of time. It has more than 117,000+ stars on GitHub, as of November 2018. It has the complete documentation and allows developers to start coding just knowing the basics of JavaScript and HTML.

Conclusion

Every framework has its own pros and cons, but in general all of them can cover similar frontend tasks. React, Angular or Vue.js this is just the question of your own preferences and business purposes you wanted to succeed.

React is fast and offers great development possibilities for startups and businesses focused on progressive and engaging applications.The number of young React specialists continues to grow while their development rates are still to be affordable with the great price/quality ratio.

Angular offers stability and great flexibility in terms of the development of multifunctional and highly-scalable business applications with a superior level of security. As its creators are from Google and the Angular community is huge it provides constant updates and improvements.

Vue.js is the easiest in learning JavaScript framework. At the moment, this is not the most popular framework in comparison with the above-mentioned React and Angular, but with the help of the huge Chinese community, its popularity is growing fast.

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