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40+ Useful JavaScript Frameworks for Developers

JavaScript is a dynamic programming language developed by Brendan Eich while working for Netscape Communications Corporation. It is generally used as a common script web browser and supports imperative, functional and object oriented coding styles.

However, building a standalone project on JavaScript is quite time consuming and difficult. To deal with these difficulties various JavaScript Frameworks have been developed. All these frameworks are supposed to encapsulate some common application functionality, allowing you to focus on unique parts of the application. Some of the most popular examples are MooTools, Jasmine, socketIO etc. A few most common frameworks are not added in the list because the aim is to introduce the unknown and new stuff. We are presenting 40 extremely helpful JavaScript frameworks for developers and programmers. Most of them are open source.

41. Sammy.js


Sammy is a small framework built on a system of plugins and adapters. It provides the basic structure and includes the only code you need. Furthermore, the entire API is designed to be easy to read and understand.

40. SproutCore


SproutCore is an open source framework for building fast and innovative user experiences on the web. It includes HTML5 technologies, clean MVC architecture, client side logic and various built-in tools to make your app look good. You can build small as well as enterprise apps and access it from anywhere.

39. rAppid.js


rAppid is declarative rich internet application developed and based on JavaScript and XML. It lets you encapsulate complexity into components which can be easily used like HTML elements.

38. The M project

The M Project

The M project is a JavaScript framework with advanced features of HTML5 that helps you build great mobile apps quickly. This is an open source project that supports multiple devices and runs in every browser.

37. Qooxdoo


Qooxdoo is a universal framework with a coherent set of individual components. It allows you to create rich, interactive and native like apps for mobile devices and lightweight single page web applications. It works on all devices and operating systems.

36. Cappuccino


Cappuccino is used for modern app development for the web with fewer lines of code. The appkit includes a huge number of controls so that you can build complex apps without putting much effort. On Mac, you can build cappuccino UI in Xcode’s interface builder, just like in Cocoa.

35. ChocolateChipUI


ChocolateChipUI is an advanced mobile framework that includes CSS, HTML and JavaScript. It gives the native look for your web application. The tool supports iOS, Android and Windows platform.

34. Batman.js

Batman js

Batman.js built with Rails development and scalability in mind, allowing you to use less code and save time. It supports data bindings for rapid building of HTML, liquid style filter syntax and structured directory hierarchy.

33. CanJS

Can JS

CanJS is simple, small and easy to learn library that allows you to build complex application quickly. It supports custom tags, 2 way binding, observables, memory safety and more.

32. Feathers


FeathersJS makes it easy to get REST and real time API using SocketIO and other websocket libraries supported by Primus. You can drop it in your existing Express 4 app and start adding new services right away.

31. QUnit


QUnit is a powerful and easy to use testing framework. It is used by jQuery, jQuery UI and jQuery mobile projects. QUnit is capable of testing any generic JavaScript code, including its own codes. It is currently available for jQuery CDN hosted by MaxCDN.

30. AmplifyJS


AmplifyJS is a set of components that aims to solve common web application problem with simplistic API. It adds a few additional features to jQuery’s Ajax while abstracting the underlying data source.

29. SpineJS


Spine is a simple and lightweight framework based on Model View Controller.  It is written in CoffeeScript and doesn’t consist large amount of widgets. Furthermore, it supports real-world environment, asynchronous server communication, lightweight controller implementation, Full model layer, ORM and works in all major browsers.

28. Prototype


Prototype eliminates the complexities of client side web coding. It is built to solve real world problems and adds helpful extensions to the browser scripting environment. Moreover, it provides stunning APIs and Document Object Model.

27. SnackJS


Snack is ideal for small projects, distributed under MIT license. It allows you to build complex and cross browser web applications.

26. jQuery Mobile

jQuery Mobile

jQuery mobile is HTML5 based UI system designed to build responsive apps and websites for smartphones, tablets and desktops. You don’t need to write for each mobile device or OS, just create once and run it anywhere.

25. Agility.js

agility js

Agility.js lets you write maintainable and reuse browser code without any overhead found in other MVC libraries. Agility is a small JavaScript file that depends on only recent version of jQuery.

24. DHTMLX Touch


DHTMLX Touch is a free JavaScript mobile framework for HTML5 web apps. Not just a collection of UI widgets, but it’s a complete framework that allows you unique and robust web apps for Android, iOS and Windows.

23. Pyjamas


Pyjamas is a framework for building the client side of Ajax based application in Python which can be run in any internet browser as well as desktop applications. It includes an Ajax framework, widget set API and standalone Python-to-JavaScript compiler.

22. Ext JS


Ext is a powerful framework for building business application. It is packed with rich data package, 1000 documented API, over 150 user interface components for desktop, tablets other touch based devices. The premium version is available for 30 day trial.

21. Riot.js

Riot JS

Riot is a standalone library that has only 3 public methods and a strict MVP pattern to organize all stuff. The views in application are automatically updated whenever the underlying model changes. The minimal approach will help you understand every single piece of your application.

20. Serenade.js

Serenade js

Serenade.js is a light and compact client side framework for creating eye catching web pages. It is built on the MVC pattern, supports data binding and capable to handle complex applications.

19. AuraJS


AuraJS is set of declarative components for event driven RequireJS apps. The components represent a unit of page and events give components a rich way to communicate at local or global level.

18. Reactive Coffee

Reactive Coffee

This is a lightweight Coffeescript for building scalable web interface and reactive programming. It supports declarative DOM construction and works with jQuery and all popular browsers.

17. Appcelerator Titanium

Appcelerator Titanium

Appcelerator Titanium is a JavaScript framework for creating cloud connected native apps. You can rapidly build, test, package and publish mobile apps using a single code base. The framework supports a large community of mobile developers.

16. JavaScriptMVC


JavaScriptMVC is a collection of best practices and tools for creating feature-rich application. It is built on the top of jQuery and helps you to enhance code quality, performance and structure. Highly recommended for new developers.

15. Soma.js

Soma js

Soma.js is a lightweight framework that has been designed to create loosely coupled applications. It can be used as a model view controller framework and to use independent sandboxed widgets or modules. It helps you to increase the stability and maintainability of your application while it grows.

14. Ionic


Ionic is a beautiful front end framework for creating hybrid mobile apps with HTML5. It is built with Sass and primarily optimized for AngularJS. Furthermore, it offers a library of mobile optimized CSS, HTML, gesture and JS components.

13. Stapes.js


Stapes gives you necessary building blocks to build quality applications. It is perfect for mobile sites. Stapes has 20 methods and supports custom events, class creation and data methods. With just 600 LOCs and it’s easy to debug and see how it works.

12. KnockoutJS


Knockout is small and lightweight JavaScript based on Model-View-ViewModel pattern. It features declarative binding, automatic UI refresh, dependency tracking and templating.

11. Webix


Webix provides numerous JavaScript UI widgets to develop data rich desktop and mobile web apps with responsive interface. These widgets can be easily customized in accordance with your preferences.

10. Meteor


Meteor is used for building web and mobile applications. It is written in Node.js and uses the Distributed data protocol. Meteor features hot code pushes, live page updates, latency compensation, unified package system and much more.

9. Wakanda


Wakanda is used for developing mobile and web applications for enterprise as well as startup level. It offers two different styles for defining your data model: JavaScript API and visual data modeling tool using Wakanda studio. It supports all platforms and is cloud ready on the back-end.

8. Flight


Flight is lightweight, component based and event driven web framework developed and used by Twitter. It is organized around the DOM model with functionality map directly to DOM nodes.

7. Polymer


Polymer is designed to leverage the existing browser infrastructure to provide the extendibility and encapsulation.  It is based on Model driven views, Shadow DOM and custom elements.

6. Dojo


Dojo is designed to ease the rapid development of cross platform, JavaScript + Ajax based application and webpages. It allows you to create various dynamic charts, tables, 2d vector drawing, menu, tabs, tooltips and animation effects.

5. Ember.js

ember js

Ember.js is used for creating ambitious web applications. It is based on Model-view-controller architecture and provides 2 way data binding, rich object model, router for managing program state and automatically updating template powered by handlebars.js.

4. MooTools


MooTools is a set of JavaScript utilities for beginner to advanced level developers. This is the most popular object oriented framework used in more than 5% of all websites.

3. React


React (developed by Facebook and Instagram) can be used for creating user interface and building large apps with data that changes over time. It uses a virtual DOM diff implementation for high performance and can render on the server using Node.js.

2. Backbone.js

backbone js

Backbone.js is based on Actor Model application and Model View Presenter paradigm. It gives structure to the web applications and connects it all to your existing API through RESTful JSON interface. Digg, bitTorrent, Flixster, Hulu, Pinterest, Soundcloud , WordPress, Airbnb are built on Backbone.js.

1. AngularJS


AngularJS is perfect for single page application, maintained by Google & community of individual developers. It lets you extend HTML with new attributes and works well with other libraries. Every feature can be replaced or modified according to your development workflow and needs.

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