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Top Frontend Frameworks To Learn In 2020

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A new year has arrived with new stats for everything. In this post, we are going to look at the top frontend frameworks to learn in 2020. We know that anyone doing frontend development today, is not coding plain vanilla JavaScript. We all use frameworks for building our applications.

I am not a fan of marrying to a framework, I think we can pick and choose the framework that best suits a project and the development team. Let’s see what are the top trends for web frameworks and libraries in 2020.

I was looking into the recent State of JavaScript survey of 2019. It was interesting to see the results that they have gathered regarding frontend frameworks. React seems to have an overwhelming positive response from developers and stands as number one. Compared to the previous years, Vue seems to have caught up, and ranks as number two. It has replaced Angular’s position. Although Angular ranks as the third most used framework, it seems to have gained a lot of negative sentiment from the developers. Let’s dive deep into the trends to learn more.

1. React

React

React has continued to rise in popularity over the years and has been consistently ranked as the most used and favorite JavaScript library for building frontend applications. The rise of React, is impressive and as an early adopter of React, I am and excited for its growth.

Top React Features introduced in 2019 and Road Ahead:

  • React Hooks – This was the biggest addition to React in 2019. Many development teams have adopted hooks in their codebase now. And if you haven’t heard of hooks or used them yet, it should be on your radar in 2020. Hooks have made learning React easier, and helps in writing React components, without the use of classes. To learn more about React Hooks you can read our blog post below:
  • New React Dev Tools – The react dev tools are awesome and super useful during development and debugging. React recently released a new and upgraded version of the react dev tools. With this release it is available across Chrome, Firefox and Edge. This new version has significant performance gains and an improved navigation experience.
  • React Concurrent Mode and Suspense – This is still an experimental release, and we hope it will be a stable release sometime in 2020. Concurrent Mode is a set of new features that help React apps stay responsive and gracefully adjust to the user’s device capabilities and network speed.
  • React Native – Hermes Engine for Android – The biggest feature that was introduced in 2019 for React Native was the Hermes Engine. This was an architectural upgrade that was done to improve React Native’s performance in Android devices significantly. Before this, React Native was not very well optimized for Android devices. But with the Hermes engine, React Native works optimally on both iOS and Android. This is predicted to be a huge win for React Native in 2020.

If you are a React developer, your job prospects are going to be highest in the frontend developer market. With the rising popularity of React, many enterprise companies are also moving toward re-writing their frontend using React. This is going to create plenty of jobs for React developers. In the mobile world also, React is trending with the availability of React Native. The benefits of knowing React can be translated to both web development and mobile development jobs.

2. Vue

 

Vue

 

2020 is a big year for Vue. Vue has been trending ever since it was introduced. It has all the good aspects of both React and Angular. In 2019, many companies started to adopt Vue to build their frontend applications. Here are the trends for Vue over the last few years from the State of JS survey of  2019.

There is a clear increase in the adoption of Vue over the years. 40.5% have reported that they have used Vue and would like to use it again. This is a positive sign and looks like 2020 will be a promising year for Vue developers. It maybe a great time to learn Vue, if you are looking for a new frontend framework to learn and build your frontend apps with.

Furthermore, the learning curve with Vue is a lot lesser than some of the other frameworks and libraries. If you already know JavaScript, HTML and CSS, it is very easy to start building Vue apps. Vue apps

If you are a React developer looking to learn Vue, you can get started with learning the difference between React and Vue from our blog post below:

React vs. Vue – A Wholesome Comparison

Vue : The Road Ahead 2020

The biggest thing for Vue in 2020 is the release of Version 3.0, that developers are eagerly waiting for.

“Vue 3 will be faster, smaller, more maintainable and it will be easier to target native” – Evan You creator of Vue.

There is more information on this here: Vue 3 Release Article

3. Angular

The Complete Angular Master Class

Angular is widely used to build frontend applications in both small sized companies and large enterprises. But its popularity has been decreasing over the years. A lot of the recent feedback from developers about Angular has not been great. I have personally not used Angular, and some of my thoughts on it may come from surveys and online forums but not based on real experience.

Angular is a full-blown framework and not a flexible framework like React. It has everything built-in within it. This is something many developers do not like. Developers like to explore various tools and libraries to solve problems. But Angular being opinionated, it does offer the developers the flexibility that other frameworks provide.

It looks like there are still plenty of job prospects for Angular developers in 2020. But Angular needs to improve the developer experience in the coming years, to make sure that they improve developer satisfaction and not lose out to other frameworks.

Svelte – Newest and Most Promising Framework of 2020

Svelte is the hot new frontend framework that has become the talk of the town among web developers. The State of JS survey of 2019 has predicted that this is going to be upcoming technology that maybe a front runner in 2020 and the next decade.

Svelte is a component framework similar to React and Vue. Svelte converts your app into ideal JavaScript at build time, rather than interpreting your application code at run time. This is the unique feature of Svelte. I am quite excited about Svelte. And looks like plenty of developers have shown increased interest in Svelte this year. I am looking forward to see what is in store for Svelte in 2020, and hope to learn it along with you folks.

Conclusion

Well that’s a wrap! I like to drive home a point that frameworks/libraries and tools are continuously evolving. What maybe trending today, maybe obsolete in a few years. Your expertise as a developer should not be just based on mastering a single framework. It comes with strong foundations.

If you are aiming to be a frontend developer, learn JavaScript, HTML and CSS first.

All these frameworks are built on top of JavaScript. In addition to the programming languages and its mastery, design and architecture plays a very important role. Learn the skills that won’t ever lose its value. Learn design principles, algorithms, architectural patterns, clean coding methods, and general coding practices. These will come a long way in your career,

I hope you enjoyed this article. See you again with more articles. If you liked this post, don’t forget to share it with your network. You can follow me on twitter @AdhithiRavi for more updates.

Adhithi Ravichandran is a Software Consultant based in Kansas City. She is currently working on building apps with React, React Native and GraphQL. She is a Conference Speaker, Pluralsight Author, Blogger and Software Consultant. She is passionate about teaching and thrives to contribute to the tech community with her courses, blog posts and speaking engagements.
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2 responses to “Top Frontend Frameworks To Learn In 2020”

  1. CHANDRA DEB says:

    thank you so much!

  2. Ionel Lupu says:

    Hmmm. Please use Angular next time you write something like this “Angular is a full-blown framework and not a flexible framework like React” because it’s not true. Angular is very very flexible.

    I’ve used the top 3 frameworks you’ve listed there and in conclusion, for real-world projects, I recommend using Angular because is battle ready. Use the other 2 for side projects or learning purposes. That’s my two cents.

    Also, if you want to use any of the frameworks out there and you work in a team, please, for the love of humans, use Typescript. I still hear today people complaining about JS errors that I’ve forgot they existed just because I almost never encounter them anymore with TS.

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