Whatever the programming language you work with, you must come to JavaScript for the front-end view and the behaviours of your webpages, apps or anything you build for web. IBM named JavaScript as one of the best programming languages to learn in 2017. For a better use of JavaScript, it is recommended that we go for a JavaScript library. Various JavaScript libraries have been so popular since the very beginning of JavaScript as a programming language.

 There is a trend of some awesome JavaScript libraries in this modern age of web technologies. Each comes with different uses and functionalities. Different tech giants developed their own JavaScript libraries and made them open for public uses. With that in mind, we listed some JavaScript libraries that are being rapidly popular nowadays. Let us talk about them with a comparative analysis so that we can have an idea about which one to choose out of these options.


Angular JS

Angular JS is a powerful MVW (Model-View-Whatever) framework to create rich internet applications. It helps developers to create client-side applications. It is one of the most used JS frameworks for Single Page Application development. Its ecosystem has gone beyond the imagination since its release. Application written in Angular JS is  cross-browser compliant.  Angular JS makes JavaScript codes suitable for each browser. It is open source, completely free and used by millions of developers across the globe. 

  • AngularJS provides capability to create Single Page Applications in a very maintainable way.
  • AngularJS provides data binding capability to HTML thus giving the users a rich and responsive experience.
  • AngularJS helps developers write less code and get more functionality.

Most of all, AngularJS applications can run on all major browsers and smartphones whatsoever.  


React JS

React Js is considered to be one of the fastest growing JavaScript libraries. React makes it easy to create interactive UIs. It designs simple views for each state in your application, and will efficiently update and render the right components whenever your data changes. React can render on server using Node and also can power mobile apps using React Native.

  • React embraces a lightweight implementation of the events system and DOM.
  • React framework makes it very easy for one to get started. You can start development using this framework with its simplified programming approach. It is easier than most other JS libraries.
  • Declarative views of React JS make your code more predictable and easier to debug.


Vue JS

Vue is a progressive framework for building user interfaces. It is one of the most recently introduced JavaScript libraries. Vue Js is perfect for high-end Single Page Applications. In many ways, Vue JS outperforms Angular JS and React JS by a fair margin. The core library is totally focused on the view layer, easy to pick up and integrate with other libraries or existing projects. 

  • Vue JS minimizes the number of necessary DOM mutations.
  • It adds as little overhead (pure JavaScript computations) as possible on top of the DOM manipulations.
  • Vue JS enforces one-way data flow between the components while Angular JS and others enforce two-way.


Ember JS

Ember is a popular JavaScript library for large scale web applications. One of its fascinating characteristics is it allows other Ember developers to join a project much faster than all of its counterparts. The original name of Ember.js was SproutCore MVC framework. It was developed by Yehuda Katz and released in December 2011 for the first time. It is an open-source client-side JavaScript framework and uses MVC architecture pattern in building web applications. Ember enforces two-way data binding, like Angular.js, keeping both view and model in sync.

  • Ember JS  speeds up the performance of your application without even reloading the whole page.
  • It is smaller in size compared to most other JavaScript frameworks.
  • Ember has the handlebars templating library which is a lot similar to HTML and also embeds an expression that changes the display entirely.

It is sometimes confusing to choose a JavaScript library out of these plenty of options. This comparative analysis of some most popular JavaScript libraries would guide you pick the right one. Each of the libraries above has some particular features of its own. It is better to consider what you want and which library meets most of your needs.