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Top 10 Front End Development Technologies to Focus in 2018

Helios SolutionsMar 21, 2018, 5:13:24 AM

In the fast changing tech world, keeping up with the pace becomes a daunting task for businesses and web development experts as well. Every year, you are greeted with new tools making the older ones obsolete at times.

Front end development is an important part of website development and it has come a long way over the past couple of years. Businesses who want to create a lasting first impression on users are focusing more on front end development in order to enhance the efficiency, interactivity and overall look and feel of their websites.

Our team of front end developers at Helios Solutions had performed extensive research to compile a list of top 10 front end development tools which you need to watch out in 2018.

1. Angular

This is a JavaScript framework by Google and is considered one of the best front end development technologies for years. The Angular team is coming out with latest and improved versions of the framework frequently, thus making it an establish name in the web development industry.

Angular has support from a large developer community and has 580,404 stars on Github. Last year, i.e. in 2017, Angular released its 5th version lately; the launch of Angular 6 is expected in this month, i.e., March 2018.

Here are few key features and advantages of Angular 5:

• Renders development of progressive web apps simpler.

• Material design components are compatible with server-side rendering.

• It comes with build optimizer tool which makes application lighter and faster by eliminating unnecessary runtime code or any other additional parts.

• Angular Universal State Transfer API and DOM support.

• Improved compiler and Typescript.

Therefore, if you consider getting your web application developed by an AngularJS web development company, it would be a wise decision.

2. Vue.js

You can use this JavaScript library for building web interfaces. You can also combine it with some other tools to build a framework. Currently, Vue.js is leading the race of front-end development tools and boasts of 84,364 Github stars.

Released in 2013, it has shown tremendous progress over the last five years. Let’s put a glance on its benefits:

• It is fresh and comes with little baggage.

• It is lightweight and easy to learn.

• The absence of pedigree is its greatest strength.

• It took lessons from the mistakes and successes of React and Angular.

Getting confused which one between Angular vs. Vue.js aligns best to your project needs?

3. Ionic 2

If you are wondering why we are discussing Ionic 2, a tool meant for developing cross-platform mobile apps, while we are talking about front end development tools! Then, you must know that Ionic 2 is a great front end development tool too and can build web optimized as well as native apps.

Here are few benefits of Ionic 2:

• It is a free and open source tool.

• It has one code base for all the platforms.

• There are plenty of plugins available for this tool.

• It has built-in push notifications.

• It is coded in Angular.

4. NPM

Npm is the node package manager for JavaScript and it enables you to discover packages of reusable code and also assemble them in substantial new ways. It has 15,448 stars on Github and is one of the most used front end technologies. It is also used as a command-line utility in order to interact with a repository that helps in the package.

Here’s some of its noteworthy features and benefits:

• It is the largest software registry in the world with 475,000 free, reusable code packages.

• It allows you to manage public and private code within the same workflow.

• Let’s you publish and control access to namespace.

5. Ext JS

This is a powerful JavaScript framework mostly used for developing complex, dynamic and cross-platform web applications. With businesses moving applications to the web every day, this framework can help you speed up your development process and stay relevant in the industry.

Our Ext JS experts love this framework owing to the following advantages:

• Enable you to build data-intensive cross-platform apps.

• It is highly customizable; hence you can have the desired features and widgets in your app.

• It is an object-oriented framework that allows faster-prototyping.

If you want to build a data-driven business app that works seamlessly across various platforms, then we would recommend you to collaborate with an Ext JS web development company.

6. TypeScript

It is an open-source front end scripting language developed as well as maintained by Microsoft. It is a superset of JavaScript and adds optional static typing. 

Here are some of the amazing features of this programming language leading to its popularity:

• It supports other JavaScript libraries.

• You can use this language in any environment wherein JavaScript can be run.

• It is portable across devices, operating systems and browsers as well.

7. jQuery

It is a small, fast and feature-rich JavaScript library which has altered the way millions of developers write JavaScript. It uses CSS syntax and hence it is easy to learn for designers. It is also known as JavaScript for designers.

Following are some amazing features of jQuery that make it so popular:

• It has a lightweight footprint when compared to other JS frameworks.

• The availability of plugins for various functionalities is high.

• It is versatile as well as extensible.

8. Ember.js

It is an open-source JS framework designed for building single-page client-side web applications. It has lightweight sensibilities and uses Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.

Ember was founded in 2007 as SproutCore. Facebook acquired it in 2011 and changed the moniker to Ember. You can find that concepts from native frameworks, for instance, Apple’s Cocoa are integrated in this framework.

With an URL-driven approach for structuring applications, Ember is most suitable for building scalable web applications. It also provides universal data binding and also avoids “dirty checking”. 

9. Backbone

This JavaScript library offers web app development models with custom events as well as key-value binding. It comes with a RESTful JSON interface and it is based on model-view-presenter design pattern. Let’s put a glance on its rich features that has enabled it to score 27,006 stars on Github:

• It helps you create single-page applications.

• It allows you to separate business and user interface logic.

• It enables you to write simple, systematic as well as organized code.

• Besides client-side web applications, it also allows you to create mobile applications.

10. Meteor

This is a full-stack JavaScript framework and a highly popular front end development tool. It is build up from a group of libraries and packages making it a most sought-after tool for building prototype applications. No wonder, it has 39,265 stars on Github.

Let’s take a look at its amazing benefits:

• It helps you to develop applications efficiently.

• It contains front end libraries and Node.js based server, out-of-the-box.

• It facilitates faster development of your project.

• It comes with MongoDB and Minimongo databases.

• Equipped with live reloading feature it permits refreshing the required DOM elements only.


The web technology space is highly volatile and in order to stay competitive and relevant you would need to keep pace with the popular technologies. Want to outsource web app development project? Get in touch with our web developers for an informed and cost-effective investment.

Which front end technology is your personal favourite? Please be the first to initiate a conversation by leaving your comments below; we would love to hear from you.