Are you confused about which front-end tools you should learn, and which ones you should work with? Do you want to know other web developers are using and what they think is important when it comes to front-end frameworks and libraries??
Fear not! We have the answer to all these questions. In our annual skill-up survey, we spoke to over 8,000 developers and tech pros and asked them about the front-end tools, libraries, and frameworks they regularly use.
Of course, choosing the perfect front-end technology depends on your skills, and your area of interest. However, seeing the umpteen number of front-end frameworks available nowadays, we have narrowed it down to just a few.
Current version: 3.3.1
Popularity: 49,100 stars on GitHub
Over 65% of developers choose Bootstrap as their favorite framework to use. And why not, considering Bootstrap is everywhere. Bootstrap is an open source toolkit for developing with HTML, CSS, and JS. The huge popularity of Bootstrap is mainly because of its simplistic use, great community, and a very large number of articles and tutorials, third-party plugins and extensions, theme builders, etc.
Npm (Node package manager)
Current version: 6.1.0
Popularity:16,597 stars on GitHub
NPM is the package manager for node. With NPM, developers can install various modules for web development, share and borrow packages, and manage private development.
It consists of three distinct components:
Website: The website can be used to discover packages, set up profiles, and manage other aspects of the npm experience.
Command Line Interface (CLI): The CLI runs from a terminal. Developers can interact with npm through CLI.
Current version: 6.0.0
Popularity:58,576 stars on GitHub
Angular is highly modular, making it great for dividing up large-scale work with a team and also makes testing and debugging easy. It pairs with AJAX for amazing speed and can handle heavy user interaction via forms. The functionality-first approach makes Angular more focused on features, making the developers’ jobs easier. Moreover, it has excellent tools and support from the Google community.
Current version: 4.8.3
Popularity:41,366 stars on GitHub
You can go through Deploying Web Applications with Webpack to get up-and-running with Webpack.
The other frontend tools which were among the top picks by developers included:
Sass: Sass is a web design framework, a CSS preprocessor, which adds special features such as variables, nested rules, and mixins into regular CSS.
The entire skill up survey report can be downloaded from the Packt website, which details what developers think and feel about the changing tech landscape.
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