The Ubiquity of JavaScript Makes Their Frameworks the Kingpins in Web Development

The Ubiquity of JavaScript Makes Their Frameworks the Kingpins in Web Development


by Analytics Insight
January 6, 2022

JavaScript

Over the years, JavaScript has earned its position as the most widely used programming language on the web today.

JavaScript is everywhere — mainly because JS is easy to get started with.

This programming language provides a low barrier to entry. For example, you can get started with a simple expression like “console.log (2 + 2)” right in your browser console.

JavaScript is the most used language on the web today, according to the 2021 Octoverse Report.

It is also a language that caters to beginners, intermediate, and veteran developers.

JS is a dynamic programming language with high versatility, but it can be extended with static types for developers who want more rigidity and error checking in their codebase.

This extension is possible with the superset TypeScript, which adds types checking to the JS language. TS is used by 78% of respondents to the 2020 State of JS report.

JavaScript runs on a myriad of devices

Client-side, server-side, IoT, and machine learning are just some of the places JS operates. This shows not only the ubiquity but the versatility of the language.

With such reach, it’s hard to imagine how the programming language took only ten days to build. That is a fast development time.

While JavaScript is not without its issues, the revisions made by the ECMAScript organization have made the language better. ECMAScript is a JS standard meant to ensure the interoperability of web pages across browsers.

It makes sure that, even with differing browser engines, JS still works predictably. Without a doubt, JS is a progressive language that keeps getting better.

JS is a powerful language in terms of utility, so building apps with it is an enjoyable experience

Even with that, there is the problem of reinventing the wheel anytime you want to start a new project. This applies to both side projects for developers and large enterprise applications. A framework has major utility here because it provides a model and skeleton for building web apps that provide reusable UI patterns that act predictably.

While there is still contention on what a framework is and whether it differs from a library, they make building apps and revolutionary SPAs (single page applications) a breeze.

A JavaScript framework with easy-to-understand documentation provides a way for both beginners and seasoned developers to get started. A fantastic community, widespread educational content, and a great product roadmap are bonuses.

React, Vue, and Angular are some of the tools in the JavaScript community, but it’s all about ExtJs by Sencha. ExtJS is a progressive web framework that provides a highly performing and fast UI framework for building cross-platform applications.

Most apps utilize JS to add interactivity, and ExtJS provides features and packages that help bootstrap app ideas, bringing them to reality.

Though, just like in any competitive market and especially one renowned for JavaScript fatigue due to the amount of JS tooling available, ExtJS has had its fair share of challenges in capturing the hearts of developers.

ExtJS still has a lot to offer in this highly saturated ecosystem of JS frameworks, where it seems like a new framework is launched every other day.

ReactJS, VueJS, and AngularJS have been locked in a three-way battle for industry dominance. Still, the unexpected underdog who could emerge as the victor could be none of the warring factions but an expected new entrant into the ring.

According to Sencha, ExtJS is used by 60% of Fortune 100 companies, including Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Samsung.

These companies see Sencha’s ExtJS as useful for building enterprise apps that scale.

The highly performing grid system is one key feature of the ExtJS framework that outperforms the competitors

This grid system can handle millions of records and parse large feature sets. It also gives developers complete customization control.

The grid is pretested across a wide range of browser platforms, with the added advantage of an easy UI component that can be integrated into the grid.

The Datagrid can be utilized with a framework or in a framework-agnostic pattern. It provides React devs the capacity to see and use the highly performing Datagrid system.

The Grid system offered by Sencha outperforms competitors in key performance metrics.

Based on this JS grid performance evaluation, the ExtJS Datagrid performs over 300x faster in grid-scrolling speed compared to leading grid vendors.

The tests replicated real-world scenarios, extensive data sets, and ways the end-user would apply the grid.

Other tools like Sencha Architect help in reducing the time spent manually coding, and stencils aid in quick mockups and prototyping. SenchaTest makes sure that applications are tested end to end and can scale.

Responsive design is not left out as ExtJS also includes a flexible layout manager that makes sure that your content can adapt to the myriad of devices available on the market.

Using the framework, you can reuse the code for different device orientations, regardless of the complexity of your interfaces.

More tools include the Sencha Themer, IDE and Code Editor Plugins, ExtGen, ExtBuild, and SenchaFiddle. You can try out ExtJS and all it offers in this online code playground directly in the browser.

Accessibility is a concern in the industry as JS frameworks are highly inaccessible, according to a WebAim accessibility report, especially for visually impaired users.

ExtJS includes packages that, according to the Docs, make it possible to add accessibility support to your applications

This would ensure that your web applications do not exclude anyone from a fully-fledged web experience.

Sencha offers a great community and fantastic customer support for individual developers and organizational teams that employ the progressive framework.

The Sencha devs’ expanded awareness of the Sencha product line and community engagements are top-notch. Come hang out and connect with your peers on ExtJS Discord server.

The future of the web is defined by the writers who code into the sand of web time.

ExtJs is positioned to chart a much-accessible future with its features, and it is supported by an array of products that can chart a path toward what we want the web to be.

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