21 JavaScript Frameworks Worth Checking Out


JavaScript Frameworks help developers to quickly build interactive web applications. They are best for single page web application development. JavaScript frameworks are mushrooming everywhere. Here are 21 JavaScript frameworks which are popular among developer community and worth checking.

  1. Angular.js

AngularJS which was released in 2009 is a popular web development framework of Google. Angular provide a solid base foundation for developers who are working strictly with the latest industry standards and abilities. It is the most used JavaScript framework for developing Single Page web applications.

  1. React.js

React.js was first released as open source in 2013 under BSD license. The community of developers is one of the fastest growing JavaScript community today. The power of React.js can be gauged from the fact that User Interface of Facebook and Instagram is powered by React.js. It can build large scale dynamic web applications.

  1. Meteor.js

Meteor was created by Meteor Development Group and was first released in 2012 as an open source JavaScript framework under MIT license. Meteor has grown into a fully functional project that is home to thousands of enthusiastic developers. Since its release, the Meteorjs  community of developers has grown at a rapid pace and is a vibrant and helpful group.

  1. Knockout.js

Steve Sanderson released KnockoutJS as an open source JavaScript Framework in 2010  under MIT license. Knockout works under the MVVM design paradigm. Knockout is growing at a slower pace when compared to other Javascript frameworks.

  1. Node.js

Node.js was originally written in 2009 by Ryan Dahl and the initial release supported only Linux. Node.js is built on top of Google’s V8 JavaScript engine. The main purpose of the framework is to help build interaction vigorous web apps like community sites, content streaming websites etc. Node.js can be easily learned by beginners and  developers who come from other languages.

6. Backbone

Backbone is a simple framework that fits into a single JavaScript file. Backbone is popular with teams looking for a simple structure for their small web applications without bringing in a large framework like Angular or Ember.

7. Agility.js

Agility.js enable developers to write web apps at least as quickly as with jQuery. Agility.js is an MVC library for Javascript which lets you write maintainable and reusable browser code.

8. Knockout

Knockout helps in creating rich, responsive display and editor user interfaces with a clean underlying data model. It has sections of UI that update dynamically.

9. Ember

Ember is an MVC framework which is relatively popular and focuses on programmer productivity.It includes a templating and view engine that automatically updates when data changes, just like Angular, Backbone, and React.

10. Babylon.js

Babylon.js is a 3d game engine based on WebGL and JavaScript.It helps you create high-quality games complete with physics, audio and particle systems among other things.

11. Dojo

Dojo Toolkit is an open source modular JavaScript library which ease the rapid development of cross-platform, JavaScript/Ajax-based applications and web sites. It was started by Alex Russell, Dylan Schiemann, David Schontzler, and others in 2004 and is dual-licensed under the modified BSD license.

12. jQuery

jQuery is the most popular cross-platform JavaScript library in use today which simplifies the client-side scripting of HTML. It is installed on 65% of the top 10 million highest-trafficked sites on the Web.

13. jQWidgets

jQWidgets is a software framework built on the open standards and technologies HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery.This library is used for developing responsive web and mobile applications.

14. Pyjs

Pyjs which contains a stand-alone Python-to-JavaScript compiler is a rich Internet application framework for developing client-side web and desktop applications in Python. The resulting applications can be run in a web browser or as standalone desktop application.

15. Sproutcore

Sproutcore powers high profile apps including MobileMe amongst others. It is a framework which boasts a UI framework, the market standard MVC architecture and well written documentation.

16. Cappuccino

Cappuccino is a framework which varies dramatically from the others in that a developers doesn’t need to understand or work with any of the front end trifecta — HTML, CSS or the DOM. One just need to master is the framework!

17. qooxdoo

qooxdoo is a universal JavaScript framework that helps you build rich, interactive applications (RIAs). It enables you to create applications for a wide range of platforms.

18. Eyeballs

eyeballs.js is a slim javascript library which is designed to sit on top of a javascript framework, such as jQuery or Prototype.It can also be used to build standalone javascript apps.

19. Choco

Choco brings the MVC to the client side and a Choco app consists of only one HTML page. All the interactions are managed by Javascript in Choco.

20. ExtJS

Ext JS brings a whole new way to build client applications.Ext JS allows the separation of data management, logic and interface elements.Ext JS 4 ships with a helpful MVC guide to get started.

21. Jamal

Jamal is a set of conventions and small javascript libraries which archives a complete separation of html, css and javascript in your web application. Jamal is built on jQuery and inspired by MVC frameworks.

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