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.
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.
- If you haven’t upgraded yet, you can learn all about it here: New React Dev Tools Post
- 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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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