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Top 5 most popular Front-End Frameworks - Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Front-End Development has changed significantly in the last decade.

Niels Siskens

CEO of Parrolabs
October 7, 2021
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Top 5 most popular Front-End Frameworks - Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

The Evolution of Front-End Development: Top Frameworks for the Future

The landscape of Front-End Development has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. With the advent of frameworks tailored for mobile responsiveness and the rise of cutting-edge headless architectures, the options have diversified. At Parrolabs, we've curated a list of top-performing front-end frameworks that we believe will continue to dominate the industry in the coming years.

1. React & React Native

React, championed by Facebook, has carved a niche for itself as an indomitable force in the web development realm. Given its prowess and the added advantage of React Native for native app development, it's no surprise that they are our top pick for startups and budget-conscious enterprises. We foresee its dominance in the market remaining unchallenged for a significant period.

2. Gatsby JS

Perhaps an unexpected contender on this list, Gatsby JS boasts of delivering lightning-fast websites. A testament to its efficacy is the transformation of one of our client websites, 'playershealth', into a UX marvel, all thanks to Gatsby 4.0. Though essentially a static site generator, Gatsby’s compatibility with React and other frameworks makes it a potent choice. If speed and SEO rank high on your priorities, Gatsby is a sure bet.

3. Next JS

Next JS undoubtedly merits its place on this roster. The recurring debate revolves around choosing between pure React, Gatsby, or Next JS. The distinction lies in NextJS's ability to render HTML & CSS dynamically at runtime. For a deep dive into its nuanced benefits, refer to this comprehensive article. With clients like Bespoke Blossoms and Misfit swearing by NextJS, it's hard to overlook its potential as the next big thing.

4. Vue JS & Vue Native

VueJS stands toe-to-toe with React in terms of functionality. However, it misses the aggressive promotion that Facebook's backing brings to React. Predominantly backed by a vibrant community of developers, small companies, and tech enthusiasts, VueJS can be likened to the 'WordPress' of Front-End Development frameworks. Its future trajectory looks promising.

5. Ember JS

Though Ember may not boast the vast community that React or VueJS has, it's a force to be reckoned with. While our personal inclinations veer towards React or Gatsby, this is purely subjective. Ember, backed by its dedicated community, unquestionably deserves its spot on this list.

Honorable Mention: Angular

Once a front-runner, Angular might have lost some ground to its competitors. However, it remains a robust framework. While we'd advocate for the aforementioned frameworks, Angular garners an honorable mention for its continued relevance.

Written by Niels Siskens

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