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Top 4 JavaScript Frameworks Employers Are Looking For Right Now

Written by Jay Guney
Lead Consultant - Front End, UI & UI

The popularity of JavaScript continues to rise.


In fact, JavaScript is the most commonly used programming language in the world according to the Stackoverflow survey in 2017, with 61.9% of all respondents citing it as their favourite coding language to use.

This rise in popularity has however resulted in confusion for many developers and employers alike - not just in terms of what languages and frameworks to learn, but also what experience to look for when hiring.

Is there a definitive answer? Or is the perfect technology actually a mixture of several?

With so many different JS frameworks to choose from, can employers expect candidates to know them all, or can the skills learnt from one be transferred and easily adapted?

If you are a graduate just starting out, or an experienced JS Developer, here are the four key frameworks I'm seeing employers across all industries looking for in the current market.

From a hiring perspective, this will also give a strong overview as to the overlap between JavaScript Libraries, which might widen the net for when you’re trying to hire your next JavaScript Developer.


AngularJS / AngularJS 2.0

Arguably the most popular framework among JS Developers - AngularJS and AngularJS 2.0 are expected to remain as the bread and butter framework for a lot of employers.

The advantages of Angular are easy to see: quick code production, easy testing and two-way data binding just to name a few.

Angular is suited to many enterprise-based applications with high standards for code readability.

AngularJS is recognised as the most used JS framework for single-page applications, and if you are just starting out as a JS developer, I highly recommend learning this first and foremost.


React.JS


Another incredibly popular framework, React.JS is known for showing efficiency within high-traffic applications.

A lot of the components of React can be created and then re-used, and can be transferred for public use.

React.JS does have a steeper learning curve, but despite this it remains a firm favourite for app development, making the process quick and simple to understand.

The framework is popular in more complex, high-load software solutions, making it the framework of choice among companies such as Facebook and Instagram.


Ember.JS


Ember.JS arguably combines the best parts about Angular and React, in an easy to learn format.

Similar to Angular, Ember.JS also has two-way data binding, and like React, can be used for complex, feature-rich applications.

Unlike React however, Ember.JS actually has an easier learning curve, and plenty of online tutorials making it the framework of choice for new JavaScript Developers.


Vue.JS / Vue.JS 2.0

Already faster and leaner than React and Angular, Vue.JS is quickly becoming a better choice for fast-paced projects where performance is valued over good code organisation or app structure.

Like Angular and React, Vue.JS offers two-way data binding and server-side rendering, however it is much quicker, making it an easy choice for cross-platform solutions.


Looking at the most popular JavaScript Frameworks, it’s easy to assume that candidates are at more of an advantage if they learn them all - but this isn’t always viable or necessarily needed.

I would say that both React.JS and Angular are currently the most sought after JavaScript Frameworks that employers are looking for, but from my experience, the majority of hiring managers are more interested in your understanding of JavaScript as a whole, as without this it would be impossible to learn any new technologies.

Trends and preferences will continue to change among developers and it’s a fair assessment to say that it is close to impossible to keep up with the ever-changing world of software and web development.

Employers seldom expect a candidate to know every single coding language, nor necessarily be an expert in the specific JavaScript library that the particular client uses - but a level of understanding of how JS MV* architecture looks and works is often vital, as it shows the Developer has the transferable skills and experience required to effectively learn a new Framework.

My predictions are that the demand JavaScript Frameworks, especially React and Angular, are going to continue to grow, and developers should be aware of the changes, whilst also knowing that getting experience in all of them isn't necessary.

The underlying factor and potentially the most important part of JavaScript technology is having the aptitude and attitude to learn new frameworks if and when they're needed.


Are you a JavaScript Developer looking for your next opportunity?

I have a number of Front-End Development roles based across the UK and would be delighted to have a chat to discuss your requirements.

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