In this post, we’ll be comparing three of the most talked about JS frameworks: AngularJS, Ember and Backbone. But prior to that, let’s first have a brief overview of these frameworks.
A quick look at them all
Ember.js: It is a great framework for creating highly productive web applications. It comes with Handlebars integrated templates that help in writing less code for complex apps. Almost everything needed for writing an application is builtin, including components, routing and many other things. This saves developers from reinventing the wheel.
A comparison of the frameworks
Here we’ll discuss a few factors to understand which one of the three JS frameworks (i. e. AngularJS, Ember and Backbone) will best suit your project needs.
- Community Around the Framework
If you’ll look at both of these two comparison charts (Figures 1 and 2), it is clear that AngularJS has attracted more interest and has a more active community (evaluated in terms of opened and closed issues). This doesn’t mean that the two other two frameworks, i. e. Ember and Backbone, render poor community support, but AngularJS’s growth is far better than the other frameworks.
- Learning Curve
Once you’ve come to know about the framework that provides a better level of community support, next it is important to determine which one can help you begin with the web application development task without much hassle. Put simply, you’ll have to identify which one of the three frameworks has an easy learning curve.
AngularJS’s two-way data binding will save you from writing “boilerplate” (i. e. repetitive) code, when building a web development application. But, as your application becomes more complex, you’ll find that AngularJS has a steep learning curve, as you will need to become familiar with lots of concepts which includes filters, modules, routing and more.
Ember.js is easy to learn in comparison to AngularJS. But unlike the Backbone framework, Ember.js fails to offer guides on getting started with web app development. In essence, it does not have good documentation.
Compared to AngularJS and Ember frameworks, Backbone is relatively simple and easy to use. That’s because you only need to grasp a few concepts like Models, Collections etc. Plus, Backbone has great documentation.
- Optimized for Performance
Compared to AngularJS and Ember, Backbone performs much faster. The performance of both AngularJS and Backbone frameworks may appear to you the same as when building applications with smaller pages. However, as the page grows, apps created using AngularJS two-way data binding might result in decreased performance.
On the other hand, since Backbone.js doesn’t perform data binding, you’ll need to write the binding on your own. Though this will make you write a large amount of code, but it will also help you focus more on improving performance without the need to make changes to the underlying framework.
Making a decision