In this post, we’ll be comparing three of the most talked about JS frameworks: Angular, Ember and Backbone. But prior to that, let’s first have a brief overview of these frameworks.
Ember.js: It is a great framework for creating highly productive web applications. It comes with Handlebars integrated templates that help in writing less code for complex apps. Almost everything needed for writing an application is built-in, including components, routing and many other things. This saves developers from reinventing the wheel.
Here we’ll discuss about a few factors to understand which one of the three JS frameworks (i.e. Angular, Ember and Backbone) will best suit your project needs.
1. Community Around the Framework
If you’ll look at both of the above screen shots, it is clear that Angular.js has attracted more interest and has a more active community (evaluated in terms of opened and closed issues). This doesn’t mean that the two other two frameworks, i.e. Ember and Backbone render poor community support, but Angular’s growth seems to be a lot better than those frameworks.
2. Learning Curve
Once you’ve come to know about the framework that provides a better level of community support, next it is important to determine which one can help you begin with the web application development task without much hassle. Put it simply, you’ll have to identify which one of the three frameworks has an easy learning curve.
Angular’s two-way data binding will save you from writing “boilerplate” (i.e. repetitive) code, when building a web development services application. But, as your application becomes more complex, you’ll find that Angular.js has a steep learning curve, as you will need to become familiar with lots of concepts which includes filters, modules, routing and more.
Ember.js is easy to learn in comparison to Angular.js. But unlike the Backbone framework, Ember.js fails to offer guides on getting started with web app development. In essence, it does not have a good documentation.
Compared to Angular.js and Ember.js frameworks, Backbone is relatively simple and easy to use. That’s because, you only need to grasp a few concepts like Models, Collections, etc. Plus, Backbone.js has a great documentation.
3. Optimized for Performance
Compared to Angular.js and Ember.js, Backbone.js performs much faster. The performance of both Angular.js and Backbone.js frameworks may appear to you as same when building applications with smaller pages. However, as the page grows, apps created using Angular two-way data binding might result in decreased performance.
On the other hand, since Backbone.js doesn’t perform data binding, you’ll need to write the binding on your own. Though, this will make you write a large amount of code, but it will also help you focus more on improving performance without the need to make changes to the underlying framework.