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Top 10 Web Development Frameworks in 2019

Top 10 Web Development Frameworks

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Frameworks have become an essential part of web development, as the standards of web applications are always rising, so does the complexity of the technology needed. It’s completely unreasonable to reinvent the wheel for such complex technologies -assuming that you can reinvent all that. That’s why using frameworks endorsed by thousands of developers around the world is a very sensible approach for building rich and interactive web applications. A web app has a backend (server side) and a frontend (client side) so we will look at both best Backend frameworks as well as frontend frameworks. Here goes the list of best web development frameworks in 2018:

Backend frameworks

From RESTful APIs to complete MVC frameworks, here are some of the most powerful backend frameworks in 2018 that you might be interested in.

Express

Thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of Node.js, Express is quickly becoming one of the most trending frameworks nowadays. It is used by Accenture, IBM and Uber, and many other companies, and it’s also being used in other frameworks such as Kraken, Sails, and Loopback.

Express prides itself as a minimal, fast and unopinionated frameworks. It provides some core framework functionalities without obscuring the features of Node and leverages the powerful performance of the asynchronous Node.js. It’s also quite flexible and supports full applications as well as REST API as well. Perhaps the biggest drawback of Express is the fact that there’s no defined way of doing things, at least for beginners.  

Django

Django is a Model-View-Template framework that uses Python for web development. It’s used by some of the big names such as Google, Youtube, and Instagram. Django boasts its batteries-included feature, which is the bunch of features such as authentication and messaging that Django comes bundled with. It follows the Convention Over Configuration pattern and the DRY pattern as well. Security in Django is a serious topic and Django either provides techniques and tools for developers to build a secure website, or implements the security features in the framework itself like preventing code execution in the template layer. Here is our detailed post on Django:

What is Django? Advantages and Disadvantages of using Django

Rails

Rails is a Model-View-Controller framework that uses Ruby and it’s a popular framework that is loved by many developers. Rails is used by Airbnb, GitHub, Hulu, and Shopify. Rails is a beginner friendly framework, and although the fact that there’s a lot of magic behind the curtains in this framework is debated over pros and cons, it helps beginners get started with web development quite easily. There are many useful gems for rails, which are library-like dependencies that extend the functionalities of your application and helps you develop even faster and more efficiently. The Rails community is quite strong and friendly, and there are many tutorials, screencasts, and resources that can help you become a rails expert in no time.

The main disadvantage of rails lies in the fact that they take quite some effort to deploy and run in a production environment, and the learning curve of rails becomes really steep once you dive deeper into the framework to unravel the magic behind it.

Laravel

Laravel is a Model-View-Controller framework that uses PHP, which is one of the most famous languages of the web. It’s relatively young compared to other frameworks on this list.

Laravel comes with API support out of the box and it also possesses a decent amount of packages that could extend its reach. Laracasts is a screencasts tutorials website with over a thousand video on PHP, Laravel and frontend technologies in the Laravel ecosystem that could be considered to be a beginner’s heaven. In terms of performance, however, Laravel doesn’t compare to Django or Express, which might be a drawback for heavy projects.

Spring

Spring is a Model-View-Controller framework that uses Java, the all-time popular language. It’s used by websites like Wix, TicketMaster, and BillGuard. Spring possess a lot of sister projects that boost its performance and let you scale your business easily. The fact that it uses Java, a strongly typed language, is a serious pro for many web developers. The learning curve might be quite steep tho, especially if you don’t know Java.

Frontend Javascript Frameworks

Angular

Angular is a frontend framework that specializes in building rich Single-Page applications. It’s a very rich framework able to build complete client-side applications and there’s so much to do and learn in Angular. Angular 1.x used Javascript, but later releases adopted Typescript, which is a superset of Javascript. Angular’s main cons are its size compared to other frameworks, and the fact it’s not SEO friendly by nature, though it can be SEO optimized. Angular was developed by Google, and it’s used by Google, Microsoft, and Paypal. Here is our detailed post on Angular:

Why should you learn Angular in 2018?

React

React is not a framework, it’s a frontend library, but many developers consider it a framework and it’s usually compared in that context. React was the first to adopt the component-based architecture that Angular and Vue and many other frameworks started to adopt later on. React’s virtual dom makes the dom manipulation much faster and it’s quite easy to pick up, especially thanks to its JSX syntax. React could be used server side or client side. It was developed and maintained by Facebook and it’s used by Facebook and Instagram.

Vue

Vue.js is the new rising star, it started as an individual project and quickly grew into becoming one of the most trending JS frameworks out there. There are many cool things about Vue, first, it’s a progressive framework, which means that if you have an existing project, you can adopt Vue for one portion of the project and everything would work just fine. Second, it also brings along the component architecture to play, and the Vue ecosystem can help you build complete frontend applications. Some people are wary of using Vue since it’s not supported by a big company like Facebook or Google, but that’s quickly changing as big names are starting to invest in Vue.

Ember

Ember was named the best Javascript framework back in 2015. Today, the Ember community is huge and it’s ever expanding, with new features and releases being added regularly. Ember possesses the two-way data binding that Angular boasts and it comes with a lot of features and components that you can use out of the box. It’s being used by Google, Microsoft, Heroku, and Netflix. Ember revolves around the developer’s productivity and attempts to maximize it by either eliminating the need for time-wasting activities or adopting some JS best practices in its core design.

Backbone

Backbone is an extremely light frontend framework that’s fit for building rich Single-Page applications. It follows an MV* pattern and partly implements the MVC design. Backbone only has one core dependency which is the Underscore library, and it has a rich ecosystem, that when added to Mustache and Marionette, will allow you to build complete client-side applications.

Final Word

I hope you find our list of most popular web frameworks useful. Don’t be scared to pick up a framework and start working on it, it will certainly give you an insight about how things are done and you’ll find many similarities between frameworks, even across different languages in the same category. Remember that big companies are always migrating and trying new stuff all the time, so there’s no such thing as a dead end.

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  1. Pamela Ross December 4, 2018 @ 12:10 pm

    What is the best framework for Web development?

    • Sasha Ratcliff December 6, 2018 @ 10:24 pm

      If we talk about best framework then the award goes to Laravel. Laravel is the best PHP development framework in 2018. Laravel has a large community with over 40000 developers and lots of features. Laravel 5.7 is the latest version of laravel with the added features. Laravel is fast and secure to promote advance and modern web development practices.

  2. Judy Wilson December 4, 2018 @ 12:10 pm

    Which MVC framework is best?

    • Jazmin Metzger December 6, 2018 @ 10:25 pm

      Laravel, Ruby on Rails, Spring, Django, and express are the best model view controller. Laravel is free open source PHP web development framework. Ruby on rails is reliable open source MVC framework. Spring MVC framework is used to create and develop Java applications. Django is open source Python development framework which supports Python version 3.4. Express is used by IBM, Accenture, and Uber.

  3. Denise Rodriguez December 4, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

    Which Java framework is best?

    • Julienne Haggerty December 6, 2018 @ 10:25 pm

      This is hard to say that which one is best. We can take some popular and best frameworks which are used for Java application development. Spring is the one of the best Java framework. It offers featured toolkit for application development and configuration of web applications. It can be used for security projects also. Spring is famous among developers because of its well-developed ecosystem.

  4. Rebecca Johnson December 4, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    What is best programming language for Web application?

    • Renea Watt December 6, 2018 @ 10:26 pm

      There are many good options available in the programming languages for web application development. Some of them are PHP, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, and Pearl etc. Python is raising its popularity rapidly with the Django framework. PHP is best with laravel framework. Laravel is one of the most famous web application development frameworks these days.

  5. Christine Jackson December 4, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    What is the best language to create a dynamic website?

    • Deloras Luke December 6, 2018 @ 10:26 pm

      JavaScript is one of the best programming languages to create a dynamic website. The several features like controlling the browser, allowing client side scripts to communicate with the users, editing content etc. make this language most popular. JavaScript is highly structured, dynamic and functional. JavaScript is one of the few programming languages that are accepted and supported by all the major browsers without using any plug-ins or compliers.

  6. Carol Brooks December 4, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

    What is the difference between website and web application?

    • India Sammons December 6, 2018 @ 10:27 pm

      A website is mostly a static internet information resource with no or very less interaction with the user. So the website is to watch and read the information like blogs, news websites and weather websites etc. Whereas, in web application, there is more interaction with the users. Web application sends requests to the server and gets a response for the request. A user can manipulate the data, input, and change the data.

  7. Melissa Thomas December 4, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

    What’s the difference between an app and website?

    • Maryalice Baugh December 6, 2018 @ 10:28 pm

      Both are accessible on the handheld devices like smartphones and tablets. A website is the collection of web pages that are linked together and accesses in the browser.
      An app is the application which downloaded and installed directly to your mobile device rather than being opened in the web browser. Apps are available in the app store or app market. Apps give more user friendly environment.

  8. Susan Parker December 4, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

    What is the difference between web development and software development?

    • Marybelle Spriggs December 6, 2018 @ 10:28 pm

      Web development: Web development is the process to creating websites that needs to be hosted. Web development means client side scripting, server side scripting, and database scripting. Web developer mainly works with websites and can imply being a frontend, backend or full stack developer.
      Software development: Software development is client side only and does not require to host. Software developer refers larger skills and roles. Software applications are robust. They cover designing, building, maintaining the software development or applications.

  9. Cheryl Jones December 4, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

    Which framework is best for PHP?

    • Maybelle Mcvey December 6, 2018 @ 10:29 pm

      Laravel is in the top PHP framework released in 2011 which is freely available. It’s an open source framework. Laravel is most famous for its features. Laravel has its own light-weight templating engine called Blade enables repeat tasks such as authentication, sessions, caching, queueing, and RESTful routing. Laravel includes its own local development environment called Homestead.

  10. Julia White December 4, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

    What PHP framework does WordPress use?

    • Nan Turley December 6, 2018 @ 10:30 pm

      The Themosis framework is used by wordpress which is a custom stack. It’s bundled with some popular PHP frameworks like symphony and illuminate. WordPress is an open source CMS which provies backend to manage front end. But a PHP framework is a set of predefined libraries and classes to save your time and efforts that required to builds generic components.

  11. Anne Robinson December 4, 2018 @ 12:24 pm

    What are the different types of frameworks?

    • Augusta Fenner December 6, 2018 @ 10:30 pm

      Frameworks closely blind modules with an API layer so that developer can do more in less time. There are many frameworks available in the market but mainly we can categorized it in 2 category as backend and frontend frameworks. Top Backend frameworks are Django, Express, Ruby on Rails, Laravel, and Spring. Top front end frameworks are Angular, React, Vue, Ember, and Backbone.

  12. Neha December 4, 2018 @ 7:05 pm

    What is a web development framework?

    • Marlys Hare December 6, 2018 @ 10:31 pm

      Web development framework is designed to support the development of web applications, web APIs and web resources. Developers can use these frameworks to add advanced features and administrative tools to enhance content management capabilities. Web development frameworks provide a standard way to build web applications. For more details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_framework

  13. Elizabeth Troy December 4, 2018 @ 7:08 pm

    What is the fastest framework for web development?

    • Kati Macklin December 6, 2018 @ 10:31 pm

      Web development became more interesting field with more than hundreds of web frameworks and open source tools and libraries. All frameworks are working best at their place as per the developers need. Here are some best frameworks which are serving on the top of the list in 2018 (and will be in 2019) that are Laravel, Django, Spring, React, Vue, Express, and Rails etc.

  14. Moe Fugga December 4, 2018 @ 7:10 pm

    What are the most popular web development frameworks? That I can prepare for job in 2019.

    • Caryn Patino December 6, 2018 @ 10:32 pm

      Backend and frontend both are important parts of any web development business. When we talk about the popular frameworks of future then we have to go with the top best frameworks of 2018 which are Django, Rails, Flask, Express, Laravel, Angular, React, Node.js and Vue. These are the frameworks which will rule in 2019. You can go with them.

  15. Tara Zona December 4, 2018 @ 7:11 pm

    Can you give a complete list of web frameworks?

    • Venessa Overby December 6, 2018 @ 10:32 pm

      Web framework simplifies the development operations with libraries and tools. There are hundreds of web frameworks available for development. You can choose the right framework depending on the factors like effort to learn, productivity, performance of framework, caching support, scalability and web security. Some of the popular frameworks are Django (Python), Flask (Python), Express (JavaScript), Ruby on Rails (Ruby), and Laravel (PHP).

  16. Arty Fredrick December 4, 2018 @ 7:12 pm

    What are the best frameworks for large-scale enterprise web development?

    • Tisa Bedard December 6, 2018 @ 10:33 pm

      This is hard to answer this as there are huge number of web development frameworks are available in the market. You can choose between them as per your requirement. This can be based on range of applicability, development speed, and manageability and flexibility of the framework. Top 10 frameworks in the market are Django, Express, Rails, Laravel, Spring, Angular, React, Vue, Ember, and Backbone.

  17. Kerry Oaky December 4, 2018 @ 7:13 pm

    Which one is the best open source web development framework?

    • Shantay Tang December 6, 2018 @ 10:34 pm

      There are many web development frameworks available which are open source as well as popular for their features. You can choose the best fit to your need. Laravel (PHP), Ruby on Rails (Ruby), Flask (Python), Express (JavaScript), and Django (Python) are the top most famous open source web development frameworks.

  18. Jim Nasium December 4, 2018 @ 7:14 pm

    What is the best web framework for rapid development?

    • Merideth Roe December 6, 2018 @ 10:35 pm

      When we start web development there is a great number of factors which are considered before choosing the right framework for backend and front end development. Speed is one of them. Angular is a JavaScript framework and very popular for web applications for its features. Rails is for server side web development which is built using Ruby programming language. React JS is developed by Facebook which also again a popular framework. Laravel and Vue are also in the top list of best frameworks. Web developers constantly look for the new tools and features. So these frameworks are for best and rapid development.

  19. Hans Olo December 4, 2018 @ 7:14 pm

    Which is the most stable and mature web development framework?

    • Lisabeth Morrissey December 6, 2018 @ 10:36 pm

      If we discuss on the most stable and mature web development framework then there are many factors which we need to consider. The framework must reduce the burden if developers are well aware of the latest frameworks. Laravel beats other frameworks in the list for its open source and MVC architectural pattern. After this Django, Express and React take the positions in the best stable and mature web development framework.

  20. Lynn Guini December 4, 2018 @ 7:16 pm

    What is difference between framework and CMS?

    • Lucila Polk December 6, 2018 @ 10:36 pm

      Frameworks are more technical and build for programmers. Frameworks are used to develop web applications. Framework is a library to add advance features to a web development. Some popular frameworks include Django, Angular, Laravel, Struts, and Rails etc.
      CMS is simple to use for non-programmers also. A CMS is usually for managing web content in web applications. In simple words, a CMS defines various categories of content like media, text etc. CMS allows a user to add, edit and manage the content through a simple user interface. Examples of CMS are Drupal, Joomla, Word Press etc.

  21. Rahul February 2, 2019 @ 12:05 am

    You should try Asp.net core.which is by far 2nd most loved webfamework in 2018 as voted by stackoverflow community