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Choosing a JavaScript Framework

Published: 13 May 2014

ID: G00262831

Analyst(s): Danny Brian


Building modern Web applications is a complex undertaking, making the choice of a JavaScript framework particularly critical. Industry adoption, developer experience and feature richness must be the primary considerations in choosing a framework.

Table Of Contents



  • Just the Beginning
  • The Criteria
    • Primary Criteria: Adoption
    • Primary Criteria: Productivity
    • Primary Criteria: Feature Richness
    • Secondary Criteria: Smooth Learning Curve
    • Secondary Criteria: Performance
    • Secondary Criteria: Testability
    • Secondary Criteria: Compact Size
    • Secondary Criteria: Browser Support
    • Secondary Criteria: Future Orientation
  • The Frameworks
    • Backbone.js
    • AngularJS
    • Ember
    • Knockout


The Details

  • Polymer as a Future-Oriented Framework
  • Other Frameworks


  • Performance Testing
  • Market Share Compilation

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