What is AngularJs?
Although lots of frameworks are available still AngularJs is preferable for web developers, why? AngularJS manipulates the “Document Object Model” by extending the HTML directives. But the feature of two-way data binding makes the work lot easier because any changes to the view are also reflected in the data. This solves the issue of complex programming and saves the development time.
No doubt two-way data binding works great for many applications but there are times when it can get really slow if the data contents are heavy or there is a whole list containing hundreds of data.
What are the pros and cons of AngularJS?
1) Two-way data binding: AngularJS promotes faster and easier data binding which doesn’t need developer interference at all. Two-way data binding ensures that whatever changes made to view are quickly displayed in the model and vice-versa.
3) Improved server performance: Because it supports caching and many other processes, Angular reduce the work of server CPUs. It means that the server performs extremely well because of reduced traffic. Also, it only serves static files and responds to the API calls.
4) The MVVM architecture: AngularJS implements Model-View–Controller and Model-View-View Model architectural patterns which establish strong foundations for application performance. With these divisions, the data is separated from design and visual representation which makes even complex web applications easy to manage.
5) The Plain HTML templates: The templates are handed-over to the compiler as DOM elements and not as strings and this particular advantage provide a better workflow. Moreover, it gives an easy access to easy manipulation, extension, and reusability of templates.
AngularJs is a very traditional way of displaying frameworks which take lots of time and efforts of web developers. Another problem with AngularJs is that its Directives are difficult to use too. In addition, many AngularJS features like dependency injections and factories can become a problem for traditional developers. This leaves you with only two options, Either you spend a lot of time understanding them or hire an experienced AngularJS development team.
What is Backbone.js?
Backbone.js comes in at just 7.6KB when minified and compressed for production. It has only one dependency – Underscore.js. It is highly versatile and minimalistic MVC pattern powers a lot of sites you may be familiar with: Twitter, Hulu, Pinterest, and Foursquare.
What makes Backbone.js unique from other frameworks?
1) Versatility: Unlike other frameworks, Backbone.js puts you in charge of choosing the tools that work best on a given project. It doesn’t come with its own templating engine. Giving this choice allows developers to use the tools they’re already familiar with and speed up the development process.
2) Community: Bagging 26 thousand stars on GitHub, 29,100 YouTube results, and about 18,000 questions on Stack Overflow, the Backbone.js is huge. You can find great solutions in the documentation, which can spare your time trying to find a solution.
3) Syncing with backend: The models in Backbone.js can be easily tied to a back-end. The framework provides excellent support for RESTful APIs so that models can be mapped to RESTful endpoints. Since now most of the applications run on mobile devices it’s pretty handy to have all data exposed through an API. You can build true apps for desktop and mobile browsers which are not possible for the features of simple websites.
4) Website speed: Just like any framework with MVC architecture, Backbone.js reduces the load on a server so that the website depends on it only for getting JSON data and not for the logic of how to display it. This results in significant performance efficiency, even as the page grows.
The only disadvantage of Backbone.js is its complex framework. Until and unless you are an experienced web developer you cannot get handy on this. This leaves you with only one option that is, to hire an experienced web developer.
What is React?
React, developed and released by Facebook in 2013, is also a framework with new innovations to the “view” component of the Model View Controller (MVC) architecture. Unlike AngularJS, React is a library which caters only to the view. It uses one-way data binding, but with a unique twist that helps it gain a huge performance advantage over competing technologies.
What makes React unique from all other frameworks?
2) Server side Rendering: Server-side rendering also goes against a relatively recent trend of providing everything on the client-side. React can be delivered on both the client and server, giving greater coding flexibility and giving the Virtual DOM the breathing room it needs to really spread its wings.
The real debate is when not to use React? React is a very new framework in the market so it is not compatible with browsers older than IE8. Also, if you are in a search of some features, you have to do lots of work in order to get the result. Thus, React sometimes get challenging when it comes to displaying view of any web page. However, up gradation of Angular 2.0 also involved a major rewrite of the framework, so whether you choose to install React or upgrade to the next generation of Angular, there’s still going to be a learning curve to overcome.
Each framework is created for a purpose: either to bring in something new that people need or to solve a problem that hasn’t been addressed before. Still, for many software product development projects, it’s not the tools you choose that do the job, but the people who work with those tools. They use their knowledge and the ability to make decisions to use these technologies to their full potential.