State of the JavaScript tools universe in review

New users pick Vue over React, report shows

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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The npm team released a report that presents the state of JavaScript in review for 2018 and gives some predictions for 2019. In this article, we will review some of the highlights, namely the state of JavaScript tooling. Are users satisfied the current state of JavaScript tools? Which tool do they use most?

Nine months after the last update on the State of JavaScript Frameworks, the npm team released a report that presents an overview of what went down during 2018 in the JavaScript universe, some updates on what has changed in these past nine months, and offers some predictions for the coming year.

In this article, however, I would like to focus on a very interesting aspect presented in this report, namely the state of JavaScript tooling.

The main highlight that I would like to emphasize is the fact that all of the survey respondents would like to see less tooling and less configuration required in order to get started. Instead, they’d like to see better documentation of the existing tools.

Digging a bit deeper into the JavaScript tooling universe, we see React’s continued domination of the scene with over 60% of the respondents using React.

However, it is worth mentioning that React’s growth appears to be slower in 2018 than it was in 2017, as it can be seen in the graph above.

On the other hand, we have Angular and its rather sluggish growth. The report shows that the two main flavors of Angular have stayed rather flat in terms of market share in 2018.

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Which brings us to the next highlight of this report. Vue has been showing a steady growth rate even before 2018 and it continues to do so throughout this year. The report mentions that many Vue users picked it over React because, as they argued, Vue is easier to get started while maintaining extensibility. The npm team claims that React’s slower growth rate in 2018 can be explained by the fact that many newer users pick Vue over React.

If you want to check out the full report, you can find it here.

Speaking of technologies that rise and fall behind, what are your predictions regarding the technologies that will last, fade or evolve further in the coming year? Is TensorFlow just a trend or a technology that is becoming the new norm in machine learning? How much further will serverless evolve? 

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Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou was the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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