How To Choose The Best Front-End Framework ?
Creating a new product might sound exciting but the truth is that there are plenty of challenges that a firm has to face while deciding on the right front-end framework that fulfills their product requirements.
We’ve talked about the top 5, popularly used frameworks in our previous blog – Top 5 Hybrid Mobile App Frameworks. In this piece, we’ll walk you through the various decision points you need to ponder upon while choosing the best front-end framework for your product.
Front-end frameworks are commonly used on the web. They simplify the job of web designers and coders while offering a great user experience.
Apart from significantly improving the end user experience, front-end frameworks offer an array of tools for the developers to use, right from web apps, API integration to a strong architecture and so much more. The versatility and capability they bring to a project underline their importance in building a highly-scalable and efficient frontend application.
Despite the varied benefits they offer, the sheer number of front-end framework options available today makes it difficult to choose the right one for a project. As such, we’ve prepared a list of all that you need to consider in order to choose the best front-end framework for your project.
Each framework comes with a load of supporting documents, courses, tutorials, and books. These resources help the learners get in sync with the platform and eventually gain mastery over it. Getting to grips with these resources is an indispensable part of the development process.
An easy access to these platform-related resources is the first thing you need to take note of while choosing a front-end framework. If the resources are difficult to find, it’ll be more than a challenge to learn how the framework works and your capacity to write optimal code will be hindered.
Frameworks like Angular and React have heap loads of resources that can be easily availed by performing a search on Google.
The flexibility of a front-end framework simply defines the ease at which it can be customized and the configuration options it offers. You need to see whether the framework allows you to make the architectural decisions (things like state server, router, and handlers) yourself or makes them on behalf of you.
While with static frameworks it might be easy to get up and running, you might easily get stuck with modules that do not work as you wish they would. On the other hand, there are frameworks that offer the ability to switch between components as required. Based on what kind of frontend application you want to build, this is an important factor you need to consider.
Among the various frameworks available, Angular 2 comes with a rather pre-set list of configurations whereas React, Vue, and Aurelia offer plenty of room for customizability.
The size of the code sent to a client impact the browser performance to a great extent. One additional byte could be the reason for enervating lags that could hamper the effectiveness of the front-end solution as a whole.
The core library size of a framework becomes the key determinant in deciding its aptness for developing a front-end solution. If you aim to build compact solutions that do not utilize many resources, your choice of the framework should be one that curtails every block of code.
Angular 2 falls on the wrong side of the scale when it comes to the compactness of a front-end framework. Frameworks like Aurelia, React, and Vue have a rather compact core library size, Vue being the most lightweight of all.
If you look forward to maximizing the efficiency and productivity of the frontend development process, considering the future support that the framework has is mandatory. For achieving the desired success, start off with a framework with broad community support.
Frameworks with a thriving community point to a sustainable support system and followership from other skilled developers. This is particularly beneficial while troubleshooting, debugging and finding potential project team members skilled in the trade.
React and Angular, backed up by Facebook and Google respectively, have a prosperous community of dedicated developers and a more foreseeable future.
Server-side rendering (SSR) defines the ability of a front-end code to render HTML while running on a back-end system. This becomes one of the biggest USPs of the existing cohort of JS applications. SSR allows generation of HTML for pages that are more dynamic in nature.
The greatest benefit of this framework feature is the experience it provides to its users, especially across mobile networks. Server-rendered pages rely completely on the server for the initial render, thereby allowing everything else to be loaded slowly after that render.
Angular 2 widely supports server-side rendering whereas Vue and React provide server rendering with plugins.
Choosing the right technology will impact your project in the following three ways –
- It will determine the project’s timeline
- It will impact its longevity
- It will decide the availability and capability of the project team members
If you need a solution in the next few months, then choosing a framework that provides shortcuts to achieve desired results in a lesser time would be the right choice. From the maintenance perspective, choosing a technology that offers easy maintenance of codes would boost its longevity. And finally, choosing a widely accepted framework would ease out the process of finding the right talent.
The choice framework for your project depends entirely on your specific needs. However, based on its scalability, performance, and efficiency, ReactJS poses as one of the best front-end frameworks currently available.