JavaScript needs absolutely no introduction. It was developed by Brendan Eich while he was still an employee of Netscape Communications Corporation and the rest is history. Developers all around the work extensively use the language and it has made their lives easier, far easier. If you are looking to create a standalone on project based entirely on JavaScript, you will face loads of difficulties in the process, so you should know that it is not really meant for that purpose. However, infuse it with HTML and CSS, and a whole new world will open to you. As far as the aforementioned difficulties are concerned, you could employ the use of JavaScript frameworks to ease things up a bit and that is what this article entails.

Below you will find a list of 40 Must-Have JavaScript Frameworks for Web Developers. We hounded the internet to come up with these resources and they are bound to brighten up your day. It did ours. So lay back and read through the entire list, see what you like and put it to good use. Enjoy the read, and as always, your comments are welcome.

Sammy.js

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Sammy

Sammy.js is a modest JavaScript framework created to facilitate the torment and give a fundamental structure for creating JavaScript applications. Sammy tries to accomplish this by giving a little “center” framework and a steadily developing rundown of plugins for particular usefulness.

SproutCore

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SproutCore

Use this framework to build innovative and quick user experiences right on the web. It also entails HTML5 and a host of built-in tools to make your application look just perfect. Build anywhere from small to enterprise applications with this framework.

rAppid.js

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rAppid

This particular framework is based on JavaScript and XML. It will allow you to capture the complexities into different components which can then be used as HTML elements with ease.

The M Project

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The-M-Project

This framework sports advanced features that you would normally find in HTML5. It therefore allows you to build excellent mobile applications and rather quickly too. It is an open source project and will support multiple devices.

 

Qooxdoo

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Qooxdoo

If you are looking to create exciting, interactive and rich applications for mobile devices that are also light in weight, this is the framework for you. You will find that it works on all devices and operating systems.

Cappuccino

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Cappuccino

Cappuccino will help you create modern applications for the internet with obviously fewer lines of code. You should be able to create complex functionalities without having to put in a lot of effort.

Chocolate Chip

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ChocolateChipUI

This framework is rather advanced given that it contains CSS, HTML and of course JavaScript. This tool supports Android, Windows and iOS and works fairly nicely.

Batman.js

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Batman-js

This framework will make your work faster. In that, you will need lesser lines of code to reach desired functionalities.

CanJS

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Can-JS

This is a simple and easy library which will allow you to build complex applications with haste. It supports observables, memory safety, 2 way binding and custom tags.

 

Feathers

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Feathers

Employing the use of SocketIO and other websocket libraries supported by Primus, this framework will make it easy to get real time API and REST. Just drop it in your existing Express 4 app and start playing with new services instantly.

QUnit

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QUnit

This is a testing framework. You can use it with jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery mobile projects flawlessly. It is also capable of testing your generic JavaScript codes.

AmplifyJS

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AmplifyJS

This is a framework that will look to resolve common issues with web applications.

Prototype

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Prototype

If you are looking to eliminate the complexities involved with client-side web coding, use this framework to get rid of those. It will also provide amazing APIs and Document Object Model.

 

SnackJS

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Snack

If you are working on a small project, this framework will come in handy. It is distributed under license from MIT and allows you to build complex web applications.

jQuery Mobile

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jQuery-Mobile

This is a UI system based on HTML5 and is designed to build responsive applications and websites for smartphones, and desktops.

Agility.js

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agility-js

If you want your browser code to maintainable and reusable, you would want to use this framework which is basically an MVC library.

DHTMLX Touch

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DHTMLX-Touch

This is a free framework for web applications that are based on HTML5. It offers unique and complete web applications for Windows platform, iOS, and Android.

Pyjamas

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Pyjamas

This is an RIA (Rich Internet Application) Development Platform which works for both Desktop and Web. You can write JavaScript based applications entire in Python.

 

Ext JS

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Ext

If you are looking to build business applications, this is one powerful framework that you should keep handy. It is packed with over a 1000 APIs, and 150 UI components etc. for both mobile and desktop.

Riot JS

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Riot-JS

This is UI library which allows custom tags. You will find that syntax is concise, saving you loads of time. It offers Virtual DOM. It offers a small learning curve and is minimalistic and lightweight.

Serenade.js

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Serenade-js

This is a client-side framework. If you are looking to creating attractive web pages, this is something you should have at your disposal.

AuraJS

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Aura

Aura is a scalable, event-driven JavaScript architecture which you can use to develop component-based applications.

Reactive Coffee

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Reactive-Coffee

Reactive Coffee can be used to build scalable web interfaces. It supports declarative DOM and works flawlessly with jQuery.

Appcelerator Titanium

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Appcelerator-Titanium

If you work with cloud devices, and are looking to create cloud connected native apps, this framework should pique your interest. It allows you to quickly build, text and publish mobile apps.

JavaScript MVC

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JavaScriptMVC

This is a collection of tools and best practices when it comes to creating applications that are rich in features and functionality. It is built with jQuery at its foundation.

Soma.js

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Soma-js

If you are looking to create loosely coupled applications, Soma should do you wonders. It will also help you increase the stability of your applications as they grow.

Ionic

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Ionic

This is perhaps one of the more amazing front-end frameworks available out there for creating hybrid mobile apps using HTML5. It is built with Sass and perfectly optimized to work with Angular.JS.

Stapes.js

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Stapes

This framework will provide you with necessary and quality building blocks when it comes to creating high-grade applications, and it is just perfect for mobile websites.

KnockoutJS

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KnockoutJS

This framework is based on Model-View-View-Model pattern and features automatic UI refresh, declarative binding and tempting.

Webix

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Webix

This framework will provide you with hosts of JavaScript UI widgets which should help you in developing rich desktop and mobile web applications. It also allows responsive interface.

Meteor

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Meteor

You can use this framework to build mobile and web apps. It is written entirely in Node.js and features live page updates, latency compensation and hot code pushes etc.

Wakanda

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Wakanda

You can use this framework to build web and mobiles apps ranging from startup level to an enterprise level. It will offer different styles for defining your data model and supports all different platforms. It is also cloud ready.

React

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React

This is one framework that is developed by Instagram and Facebook. It can be used to create user interfaces and large applications. React also offers virtual DOM diff implementation which of course offers higher performance.

Flight

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Flight

This is a lightweight and event-driven web framework which, get this, is developed and used by Twitter. It revolves around the DOM model.

Polymer

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Polymer

Polymer will make it easier for you to creating absolutely anything ranging from a button to a complete application. It works for web apps, mobile and desktop apps alike.

Dojo

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Dojo

This is more of a toolkit which should save you a lot of time. It uses web standards as its platform. Create anything from simple websites to enterprise applications with Dojo.

 

Ember.js

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ember-js

You can create rich web apps using Ember. It provides 2-way data binding, router for managing program state and rich object model. Moreover, it offers automatically updating templates too.

MooTools

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Mootools

This is a set of utilities that can be used by both newbies and professionals. It is perhaps one of the most popular framework and is being used on 5% of all the websites you come across.

 

Backbone.js

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backbone-js

This will give structure to your web applications, as should be fairly obvious by the name. It will connect your apps to existing APIs through RESTful JSON interface. If you must know, Digg, Hulu, Pinterest, Soundcloud, WordPress, and Flixster etc. are all built on Backbone.js.

Angular.js

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AngularJS

Finally we have a framework that is quite popular, and is perfect for single-page applications. It is maintained by Google and a rich community of individual developers. It will let you extend HTML attributes with newer attributes and it works flawlessly with other libraries.

 

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