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15 Best JavaScript Libraries to Use in 2019

Imagine if you could make JavaScript development faster, and see an instant boost in your workflow.

or even better:

What if there were 15 best JavaScript Libraries to choose from.

And each of them could make your development faster and easier?

You’d probably be pumped to read about them.

Lucky for you, that’s exactly what I’m going to share with you in this post:

A library is essentially a set of functions that you can call, these days usually organized into classes. Each call does some work and returns control to the client.

Martin Fowler

JavaScript is the most popular language on the web. If you have ever worked with JavaScript, then you know that it requires a lot of effort to develop and maintain a broad application.

1. Vue

Vue is a progressive, incrementally-adoptable JavaScript framework for building UI on the web.

According to Github, Vue is the most Popular JavaScript Library on Earth with 137k+ stars.

Vue is a library for creating web interfaces. Vue is Simple, minimal core with an incrementally adoptable stack that can handle Apps of any scale.

2. React

React is a library, not a framework. Lots of people name it a framework or compare it to frameworks. The reason React is often mistaken as a framework is that it appears like frameworks are React’s competitors.

According to Microsoft’s Github, React is second most Popular JavaScript Library on Earth with 128k+ stars

React does not come with any REST tools for making HTTP requests. React does not come with any tools to handle client-side routing. It is just a library that helps you build amazing user interfaces.

3. React Native

The React Native is an outcome of the idea behind Facebook’s Hackathon Project, to bring some of the web development features like fast iteration, to mobile app development.

In React Native, you will build a real app apart from the HTML5 app or a hybrid app, which is unique enough and difficult to distinguish from apps which are developed using Java or Objective-C.

The feature Hot Reloading allows you to run new code when you are retaining the application state.

While developing in react native, you will become friend of beautiful red screen. Believe me, you are going to see it in your dreams. Write something and you will be offered a red screen. Update something and you will again be offered a red screen. Red screen – red screen – red screen and more red screens. These screens are for showing you the errors. Although error reporting is bad in react native. Most of the times it won’t give you any useful info to debug your code and sometimes it becomes nightmare. But with practice you will know that errors are generally the same. React native is very simple to work on.

– personal exprience ;)

4. Polymer

Polymer lets you build encapsulated, reusable elements that work just like standard HTML elements, to use in the construction of web applications.

The polymer is a lightweight library built on top of the web standards-based Web Components APIs and makes it easier to create your very own custom HTML elements.

5. three.js

A JavaScript 3D library, The aim of the project is to create an easy to use, lightweight, 3D library with a default WebGL renderer. The library also provides Canvas 2D, SVG and CSS3D renderers in the examples.

6. jQuery — New Wave JavaScript

JQuery is a JavaScript library designed to simplify HTML DOM tree traversal and manipulation, as well as event handling, CSS animation, and Ajax. It is free, open-source software using the permissive MIT License. Web analysis indicates that it is the most widely deployed JavaScript library by a large margin.

7. Lodash

Lodash is a JavaScript library which provides utility functions for common programming tasks using the functional programming paradigm.

A utility library delivering consistency, modularity, performance, & extras.

8. Leaflet

Leaflet is the leading open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. Weighing just about 37 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the mapping features most developers ever need.

Leaflet is designed with simplicity, performance, and usability in mind. It works efficiently across all major desktop and mobile platforms out of the box, taking advantage of HTML5 and CSS3 on modern browsers while being accessible on older ones too.

9. Modernizr

Modernizr is a JavaScript library that detects HTML5 and CSS3 features in the user’s browser.

Modernizr tests which native CSS3 and HTML5 features are available in the current UA and makes the results available to you in two ways: as properties on a global Modernizr object, and as classes on the <html> element. This information allows you to progressively enhance your pages with a granular level of control over the experience.

10. hammer.js

A JavaScript library for detecting touch gestures. it is a popular library that helps you add support for touch gestures (e.g. swipe, pan, zoom, rotate) to your page.

11. particles.js

A lightweight JavaScript library for creating particles. it is a JavaScript library that can help you create particle systems. Moreover, it is lightweight, easy to use, and gives you a lot of control.

12.RxJS

A reactive programming library for JavaScript. \It uses observables that makes it easier to compose asynchronous or callback-based code.

RxJS can be used both in the browser or in the server-side using Node.js.

13. Sortable

Sortable — is a JavaScript library for reorderable drag-and-drop lists on modern browsers and touch devices. No jQuery required. Supports Meteor, AngularJS, React, Polymer, Vue, Knockout and any CSS library, e.g. Bootstrap.

14. Q

A promise library for JavaScript. A promise is an object that represents the return value or the thrown exception that the function may eventually provide. A promise can also be used as a proxy for a remote object to overcome latency.

15. Inferno

Inferno is an insanely fast, React-like library for building high-performance user interfaces on both the client and server.

The main objective of the InfernoJS project is to provide the fastest possible runtime performance for web applications. Inferno excels at rendering real-time data views or large DOM trees.

Features

  • Component driven + one-way data flow architecture
  • React-like API, concepts and component lifecycle events
  • Partial synthetic event system, normalizing events for better cross-browser support

Conclusion

As a JavaScript developer having and using the right JavaScript Libraries will Surely ease your JavaScript app development. Preferences for particular JavaScript Libraries all boils down to what you will need them for. The fullness of features, ease of use, mobility, or simplicity the options available are limitless. Give each one try and tell us which one meets your fancy.

Deven Rathore

Deven is an Entrepreneur, and Full-stack developer, Constantly learning and experiencing new things. He currently runs CodeSource.io and Dunebook.com.

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