© Shutterstock / sergign
Now it’s time to look at the back-end frameworks but I warn you, the situation is not as complicated as you’d think. Quite the opposite, actually.
It doesn’t seem that way judging by this graphic, but Express has actually declined. Laurie explained that at one point, 1.5% of all npm downloads were Express and now it is only a tenth of that (0.15%). Still, it’s worth mentioning that Express has grown 6000% since the beginning of 2013.
“It’s worth having a visual reminder of what ‘flat’ growth means in terms of the npm registry. Nearly all of the frameworks we’ve discussed so far are, in this graph of absolute downloads, increasing in popularity.
— Laurie Voss
“This 2 to 1 ratio suggests that the future of the npm community lies in front-end development and tooling”
Although Meteor is quite well-known, it hasn’t managed to impress a lot of people. This time, it occupied the third position after Koa, the runner-up, and Express, the back-end framework which gathered a lot of thumbs-ups from respondents.