The Impact of JavaScript MVC Frameworks on Application Development

The Impact of JavaScript MVC Frameworks on Application Development

Website performance has always been a concern for web organisations. Organisations have always been curious regarding the performance that popular frameworks like Angular, Backbone and Ember offer. These frameworks offer very elegant solutions to existing complex issues and provide web applications with speed and convenience for the developer.

The frameworks

The MVC frameworks that will be mentioned in this article will have a lot of things in common. For instance, they are all open sourced, are released using the same permissive MIT license and are trying to solve the same problem of creating single page web applications that are created using the MVC design pattern. All of them use the concept of views along with events, data models and routing.

Community

The community is of prime importance when going for any particular web framework. A large community implies that more questions will be answered and more modules developed by third parties will be available.

Among the three popular Javascript MVC frameworks – that includes AngularJS, Backbone and Ember – Angular is the one with the more robust community as it has more questions on StackOverflow than the other two combined.

Size of the framework

The amount of time your page takes to load is very crucial for your business. As it is generally known, users are not very patient when it comes to page load times. So, it is very important that you do everything that is in your power to make the web pages load quicker. The factor that needs to be considered when you are trying to increase your web page load times is: How large is your framework? AngularJS, Backbone.JS and Ember.JS – all the three frameworks are of small file sizes. For example, The framework AngularJS has a file size of somewhere around 39.5 KB. Even when you add the required dependencies, the file size does not exceed 39.5 KB.

Right framework

Before deciding what framework you should be moving ahead with, there are certain questions that you need to ask yourself:

  • What do you plan to accomplish by using a certain framework or library?
  • Are you are starting out from scratch and would you want a pre-prepared framework from the beginning to the end of the project?
  • Are you looking to pick your own combinations from different libraries?
  • Have you tried building a small project using either of the frameworks and what came out of it?

 

It will be wise not to choose based on the descriptions and feature list. Although the features are very relevant, it is equally important that the subjective experience of your team and the requirement of the particular project in hand is given due consideration.

 

Having the right framework for your project will have a huge impact on the applications that you are working on going forward, especially your ability to deliver the work on time or being able to maintain your code. Choose wisely according to what fits the bill for your organization and its goals.

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