What Is JavaScript Framework?


When you set about doing some programming, the first thing you need to do is to choose the best JavaScript-based application or website for what you want to do. Once that little matter has been settled, the next step is to choose the right open source framework for your needs.

What is JavaScript framework? In the most of words, the framework is what structures your code and keeps it organised; so in that sense it’s pretty essential to your programming. There are three most commonly used frameworks available; Angular (the oldest and most commonly used), Backbone and Ember.

A framework complements your code. Frameworks are open-source, meaning they are constantly being improved by the community who uses them, so they are always up to date. They are by no means set in stone either; you are free to tweak the framework you choose to suit your own website or application.

Here is a bit of background information about each framework available for use with JavaScript…

This framework came into being in 2009 and is the oldest available. It’s a good one to choose when you’re thinking about which framework would be best to go for; it’s even recommended by Google and Nike! There are even apps built into cars made by General Motors that have been developed in Angular – it’s emerged as a bit of a market leader in JavaScript frameworks. Google’s lead Angular developer, Igor Minar, believes that Angular is the most widely used framework because it, more so than others, encourages regular updates and developments.

Backbone has  a community almost, but not quite, as big as that of Angular. It followed Angular onto the JavaScript framework scene in 2010 so it’s around almost as long. Backbone is the framework of choice for internet giants such as Twitter and LinkedIn so, again, it’s not a bad option to choose from. It was also the framework used to build music apps like Soundcloud and Pandora.

Ember is the “new kid on the block”, having come into existence in 2011, but it’s still making waves in the world of JavaScript frameworks. What’s keeping Ember’s flame alive is the speed at which websites that use it load. “They feel like normal websites, they’re just much faster than what you are used to”, says Ember co-creator Tom Dale.
These are the three options available to would-be programmers to choose from. If you are still confused, check out the Code Institute’s beginners guide to Java programming.