What's the future of Angular?
Will Angular.js, now in long-term support, be referenced to as "Angular"? And will it manage to maintain its “fame” in the developers' community in 2019, as well?
Can Vue, whose adoption has just... exploded this year, really rival React and Angular or will it still remain an increasingly popular... “niche” framework?
Paypal, BBC, Netflix, Flipboard... are just some of the giants betting on React.js.
- it makes creating interactive user interfaces so much simpler
- it's perfectly equipped to turbocharge large web applications
- it allows data processing without a “page reloading” constraint
- it's... Facebook-backed (obviously, this stands for ReactJS's constantly growing popularity) and supported by a thriving community
You don't consider these features as strong enough arguments to start learning ReactJS before 2019 takes over? Then, here are some more strong points to back my prediction with:
- it's fast (small-sized), flexible and highly efficient: React's server-side rendering feature, easy component model and ideally small size are its main “trump cards”, helping it maintain and grow its popularity the year to come
- excellent documentation: and this is pure gold for newcomers and one of the key factors that secure developers' loyalty to this framework.
From Facebook's dedicated support to all the docs and online resources available to you for learning React and further improving your skills, you're being given all the needed information on a silver plate...
- building with React does require the proper, specific toolkit
- it's not compatible with all codes and libraries (its high DOM being the main “culprit” for this)
- you should be prepared to invest significant resources of time and brainpower into learning React; it does come with a quite steep learning curve...
“Miss Popularity” framework on GitHub in 2017, with a skyrocketing adoption in 2018, these days everyone's wondering:
“Will Vue.js keep on... growing? To the point where it turns into a rival for Angular or React?”
We shall see...
What we do know for sure — and this is no subjective prediction, but a relevant surveys-supported one — is that:
- shiny and new Vue 3.0
- Vue CLI
- Vue Native, for cross-platform development
… among the latest Vue assets to look forward to in 2019, this lightweight framework will continue to “lure” developers and big companies alike (see Baidu, Alibaba, DJI...) the year to come.
And there's more:
Vue.js was designed as an easy to learn, easy to integrate and ideally lightweight alternative to React and Angular. One that features these 2 big players' distinctive functionalities: server-side rendering (ReactJS) and two-sided data binding (Angular).
- it's conveniently easy to integrate into large projects: you get to add it to your development cycle right at the step where you're creating the interface without fearing that this would “overload” it will all kinds of unwanted issues; it's famed for its easy integration with HTML elements
- low learning curve: you can learn and start implementing Vue into your projects way faster
Note: do keep in mind that you won't have all the vast documentation and heavy load of resources — that React, for instance, “spoils” developers with — to just delve into, nor a large community to rely on!
3. Angular Ivy + Angular Elements
You just can't afford to go into the new year without first keeping up with what's new in Angular:
- Ivy, the third version of Angular render engine and a performance-booster to look forward to in 2019; compiling will never be the same again
- Angular Elements, which are pretty much like Web Components, enabling you to use Angular components in all kinds of other environments (e.g. you can integrate your components created with Angular in a... React app)
“What's the future of Angular?”
It will continue to:
- be one of developers' top choices for developing rich applications
- streamline development cycles in large teams by standardizing processes and bringing in code patterns for well-organized workflows
GraphQL has consolidated its role as the best replacement for REST APIs in 2018, with more and more big names (see Paypal) adopting it.
Here are just some of its biggest strengths turned into arguments for predicting its rising popularity the year to come, too:
- it's a perfect productivity booster; it's enough for developers to know JSON to use GraphQL
- being a query language, it enables developers to make more specific server requests
- it easily integrates with React via Relay
- it enables decoupling apps from services, which simplifies the entire process: app developers just define their service requests and, in response, service developers post their offering... next, GraphQL steps in to match those requests with the provided services
If it's real-time, lightweight applications, that should work on a wide range of distributed devices, that you'll build in 2019, then Node.js will be your reliable “ally”.
- it grants developers the freedom to build every single element from the ground up
- client-side approach
- it's backed by a particularly active community
- sending and processing multiple, simultaneous requests: thanks to its non-blocking, event-driven I/O approach, Node.js enables developers to handle multiple requests simultaneously
Now, among the cons to using Node.js, I should mention Node API's instability and this framework's limitations for supporting multi-threading.
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