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A Guidance Framework for Assessing JavaScript Frameworks

Published: 14 June 2018

ID: G00323412

Analyst(s): Brad Dayley, Danny Brian


Modern web developers have many high-quality framework options for building front-end web apps. To select the best JavaScript framework for their intended use case, technical professionals architecting and developing rich front-end interfaces must evaluate team skills, dynamics and experience.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Educate Yourself on the Browser Itself
    • Educate Yourself on Core JavaScript and HTML5
    • Educate Yourself on Core CSS3 and Preprocessors
  • Step 1: Educate Yourself on the Frameworks at a High Level
    • First Stop:
    • Next Stops: GitHub Repositories and Community Support for Each Framework
    • Evaluating Angular
    • Evaluating React
    • Evaluating Vue.js
    • Evaluating Polymer
  • Step 2: Evaluate Existing Team Culture and Competencies
    • Team and Organization Culture
    • Team Competencies
  • Step 3: Align the Use Cases to Framework Features
    • Angular
    • React
    • Vue.js
    • Polymer
  • Step 4: Execute a Technical Proof of Concept With Candidate Frameworks
  • Step 5: Select the Framework That Yields the Most Developer Confidence and Productivity

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