But instead of directly jumping into that, we need to talk about some prerequisites so let’s start.
Compared to the JS library, a framework helps to direct your attention towards the architecture and the project that follows. They consist of multiple libraries and they provide you with hooks and callbacks, so you don’t have any difficulty in continuing to build upon them.
Now that we’re done with the distinction between the two, let’s see the top JS libraries.
jQuery has been in the development scene for a long time and has been the unprecedented king for webpage dev. It is one of the most common libraries used throughout the world, with more than 50% of websites using jQuery for their functioning. jQuery is a library used majorly for Document Object Model (DOM) manipulation. The DOM is a tree-like structure that represents all elements on a webpage.
While jQuery is used by a lot of browsers, it isn’t as important as it was a few years back. The modern-day browsers have worked and improved on their DOM Interfaces, making the need for jQuery less than before. As a beginner, it is best if you start your journey by learning this.
It is used to create small, medium, and large scale web applications as well as creating good quality, feature-rich, and intuitive websites.
It uses components, that help in the encapsulation of the code and state. The use of components helps make the controlling of complicated user interface easy.
Voca is used for working with strings so that you can manipulate the data and make things simpler, compared to how complex it would have been without Voca. It offers helpful functions like change case, trim, truncate, and so much more and since it was built with a modular design, it gives you the freedom of opting to load the entire library at once or load just the individual items.
Glimmer.js features lighter components and a smaller size, and it uses the robust Ember CLI. It can be used with Ember.js as a component, it can run standalone, or it can be added as a web component to an existing application. It is not the time to talk whether it has been successful or not since it’s been only 4 years, but the trends point towards a bright future for Glimmer.
If your intent is to make beautiful designs and entities, then D3 is the one for you. It could be something as simple as a pie chart and bar graph or something as complex as a 3D plot. This library has a powerful API, similar to what you will find in jQuery. In short, if you’re looking for a library that provides some good visualizations, then D3 would be the best option for you.
Vue is based on the Virtual DOM model and has a component-based architecture. Apps can be built quickly using Vue and it uses a lesser line of codes for the same task that, for some other library, would have taken a lot more. By combining Vue with other tools and utilities, you can get a full-fledged framework. As a framework, Vue can handle complex functionalities like routing, build tooling, and state management.
How many JS libraries are there?
There are around 83 of them, each created to serve some purpose, and we are going to cover some of their usability in this section.
There are so many frameworks because it’s relatively easy to build one. The threshold for building a better mousetrap in the form of a framework is low and most skilled developers can do it.
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