Front-end development is growing faster than back-end development; React leads the pack among web frameworks
“If you want to understand what packages are being used to power the next-generation of applications—from Google to Netflix to NASA spacesuits—the npm registry is the most accurate and telling indicator of which tools are on the rise. By analyzing trends in software developer tooling today, we’re uniquely capable of predicting the composition and capabilities of tomorrow’s applications.”
Download counts of nearly all packages in the registry continue to grow, but package popularity is determined by calculating download counts as a percentage of all registry downloads. From November 2016 to November 2017, findings show:
Preact is on the rise. Overall usage is still relatively low but this drop-in replacement for React that emphasizes performance improvements and smaller storage and bandwidth requirements has experienced relative growth of 145%, and is likely to become a major force in coming years.
Ember is making a comeback despite its having no primary corporate backer. This “full” framework is used in production by a number of big companies including Microsoft, Inc., Netflix, Inc., and Salesforce.com, Inc.’s Heroku. After losing ground in 2016, downloads increased 45% in 2017, indicating a resurgence in its popularity.
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