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 learn 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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