Why We Love These Interesting Javascript Frameworks (And You Should, Too!)

Why We Love These Interesting Javascript Frameworks (And You Should, Too!)

Innovations to the JavaScript libraries and frameworks have overwhelmed the coding world of developers and designers lately. Tools have gone incredibly cool and immensely competitive. These new JS libraries add brilliance and power through sheer intelligence to your design resulting in unique user experience with smart coding. So let’s have a look at some of these top JavaScript libraries and frameworks:

1. Anime.js

Everything we feel connected to these days seems to revolve around animations and micro-interactions and we wonder how can this can this all be achieved with the technology we already have? Enter Anime.js. It is an exceptionally flexible JavaScript library which provides you complete assistance and comfort in adding dashes of motion to your site. It is extremely versatile and works in absolute sync with CSS, Individual Transforms, DOM attributes, SVG and JavaScript Objects. It is flexible yet lightweight. Anime.js supports the following browsers Chrome, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer 10+ and Firefox.

Perfect for almost any kind of project and if you are looking for a lightweight and fast animation library anime.js might just be what you wanted!

2. Curtains.js

If you are hunting for a lightweight WebGL tool for animating images and videos then you should definitely consider Curtain. It gives you the provision to animate the HTML elements which contains images and videos converting them into 3D WebGL textured planes, by using shaders.

Though it is easy to use but the pre-requisite before jumping to Curtain is experienced in JavaScript, HTML as well as CSS.

3. Bideo.js

Nowadays we have often seen full-screen videos as site backgrounds. So Bideo.js is apt for this job. It is a JavaScript library that simplifies the task of adding a full-screen video as a background. It has an awesome feature of resizing wherein the video element so users will automatically adapt to the dimensions of the container and resize when the browser window resizes. It scales smoothly and with complete ease making it an excellent tool for the designers.

4. Math.js

Math.js, as the name reveals, is an extensive math library for Node.js and JavaScript. It contains a flexible expression parser and is fully compatible with JavaScript’s built-in Math library. It supports complex numbers, fraction and performs symbolic computation. It can run on any JavaScript engine and used as a command line application as well.

Solves a lot of problems and is easily extensible. So if you are looking for an open source math library, math.js is exactly what you should turn to.

5. Chart.js

As the name suggests Chart.js is another JavaScript library which allows the developers and designers to add creative and insightful charts to a site. It gives you the provision of adding various types of charts. It also helps the developers and designers to mix different types of charts in a single space to provide interesting data set. It also has some animation capabilities which give a greater comprehension power to the data.

6. LayerJS

It is convenient to describe LayerJS as an open source composition framework. It is used for creating UI patterns like sliders, lightboxes, menus etc. It is fully responsive and does not have any dependencies. Parallel effects, zoom effects, page swipes, etc. are the various interactive animated layers and LayerJS comes with a simple universal concept to create such patterns in pure HTML.

In LayerJS the Frames are the containers which hold the content like menus, cards, slides, sub-pages, etc. and they fit into Stages. The Stages mentioned are the virtual windows in which the UI interactions actually happen. I believe it is one of the best as it is universal – a solo open source library for all UX patterns, lean and responsive.

7. Vue.js

This is one of the most progressive JavaScript frameworks for building exceptionally brilliant user interfaces. With knowledge of JavaScript, HTML and CSS things will populate in no time. Unlike other monolithic frameworks, Vue is extremely adaptable and the core library is focussed only on the view layer. This makes it rather easy and simple to pick up and integrate with other libraries or even existing projects.

Adding on Vue is also definitely a superb choice if used in combination with supporting libraries and modern tooling for powering sophisticated Single-Page Applications.

8. Mocha

It is a feature-rich JavaScript framework or to be specific test framework that runs on Node.js and the browser. It makes asynchronous testing simple. Mocha tests run serially which allow flexible as well as accurate reporting while mapping the uncaught exceptions to the correct test cases. It will most certainly be a great addition to any developer’s process.

JavaScript is the future of the web development and making the right choice amongst the huge lot is never going to be a simple task. It is always not about the number of features but the amount of functionality it can provide and how. It also depends on the project and how such functionality can be put into use. So choose wisely and make your life simple.

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References: tutorialzine, getflywheel, codeburst, vuejs, nodejs , medium

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