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The language is supported by a number of technololgy leaders, one of whom is WordPress's founder Matt Mullenweg, who hinted that WordPress developers should learn it, clearly sending a message to the WordPress community as to it future importance. The mention was well received. The transition to better technology will enable WordPress to keep up with future challenges.
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Angular.js has improved a great deal since its inception in 2009. The current stable version of Angular 1 is 1.5.8/1.2.30. You can also try out Angular 2, a significant improvement over Angular 1, but this framework is still not yet adopted by developers across the world.
Angular.js uses data binding as one of the main concepts to get work done. The user interacts with the interface. When the interaction is done, the view is then updated with the new values, which in turn interact with the model and ensure everything is synchronized. The DOM gets updated after the underlying logic is executed in the model.
Not everyone intends to build a complex web application. Simpler web application frameworks such as Backbone.js are a great fit for those learning web app development. Backbone.js is a straightforward framework that makes building simple web apps fun and speedy. Just like Angular.js, Backbone.js also comes with MVC support. Other key features of Backbone.js are routing, RESTful API’s support, proper state management, and much more. You can also use Backbone.js to build single page apps.
The current stable version is 1.3.3 and is available from GitHub.
The core idea behind React.js is the virtual DOM. Virtual DOM acts as a mediator between the client-side and the server-side, bringing improved performance. The changes made in the virtual DOM are matched with the server DOM, and only the needed elements are updated, making the process much faster than a traditional UI update.
You can also use material design with React, enabling you to develop modern web apps with unparalleled performance.
Check out mittax from Munich, Germany working on React Material-UI in the video below.
Ember.js is a mix of Angular.js and React.js when it comes to functionality. You can easily see the popularity of Ember.js when observing the support community. New features are added constantly. It works similar to Angular.js when it comes to syncing data. The two-way data exchange ensures that the app is fast and scalable. It also helps developers to create front-end elements.
When it comes to React.js for similarities, Ember.js provides similar server-side Virtual DOM for better performance and scalability. Ember.js also encourages minimal code writing, offers excellent APIs to work with, and has an excellent community.
If you ever thought of creating your own HTML5 elements, you can do so with the help of Polymer.js. Polymer’s main focus is to provide extended functionality to web developers by giving them the ability to create their own tags. For example, you can create a <my_video> element with its own functionality that is similar to the <video> element in HTML5.
Polymer was introduced in the year 2013 by Google and is covered under 3-Clause BSD.
The entire process is automated, and all you need to is set up your web application using the available APIs.
Functional helpers such as "filter" and "invoke the map" provide you with a good head start so you can dive into your work as quickly as possible. Underscore.js also comes with a suite for easy testing purposes.
Notable Mention: Node.js
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