JavaScript: These were the most popular tools and frameworks in 2019

JavaScript: These were the most popular tools and frameworks in 2019

We’ll tell you which frameworks and tools were particularly popular with JavaScript developers in 2019.

Web developer Michael Rambeau has been determining which frameworks and tools are particularly popular with JavaScript developers since 2016. With “2019 Javascript Rising Stars” the latest edition of the annual evaluation has now been published. The data basis is the number of stars that frameworks, editors or other JavaScript tools have received on GitHub in the past twelve months.

Vue.js is the most popular JavaScript project on GitHub for the fourth year in a row. React, which was in second place in 2018, now has to be content with third place behind Visual Studio Code. Vue Element Admin, a front-end solution for admin interfaces, has risen significantly. The project jumped from ninth place in 2018 to fourth place. However, Svelte is the climber of the year: the year before, the fifth-placed was not even in the top 50 most starred JavaScript projects on GitHub.

The most popular front-end frameworks of 2019

The current run on Svelte is also evident in the area of ​​front-end frameworks: The software occupies 3rd place in this category, displacing Angular to 4th place. In the first two places, however, nothing changes: 1st place continues to occupy Vue.js and behind follows React. As in 2018, Omi comes in 5th place.

The most popular front-end frameworks: Svelte was the newcomer in 2019 (Screenshot: risingstars.js.org/t3n)

The most popular front-end frameworks: Svelte was the newcomer in 2019. (Screenshot: risingstars.js.org/t3n)

When it comes to Node.js frameworks, Nest takes the lead. In 2018, Nest was still in third place. The former champion of this category, Next.js, has to put up with second place. This is followed by Strapi, Nuxt and Express.

JavaScript 2019: These were the most popular build tools and compilers

In 2019, Webpack overtook Parcel, making it the most popular JavaScript build tool after new GitHub stars. However, the category generally had significantly fewer stars than in 2018. As in the previous year, third place went to Rollup. However, Gulp has to make way for Microbundle and falls back to fifth place.

Build tools: Webpack pulls past Parcel. (Screenshot: risingstars.js.org/t3n)

Build tools: Webpack pulls past Parcel. (Screenshot: risingstars.js.org/t3n)

Nothing has changed among the four most popular compilers since 2018. The list is still headed by TypeScript by a considerable margin. Babel, Flow and Reason follow. There was movement only in fifth place: in 2019, Purescript was ousted by Sucrase.

Mobile development with JavaScript: React Native remains the king

When it comes to the development of mobile apps based on JavaScript, there is still no way around React Native – at least according to the number of newly added GitHub stars. But there is definitely movement in the places behind: Quasar is now in fourth place. The project, which was presented for the first time in 2015, was in 4th place in 2018. Ionic was also able to gain favor with developers and rose from 3rd place to 3rd place. 4th and 5th place are occupied by Expo and Cube-ui.

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