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In 2019, based on community-wide usage, the following are the top CSS frameworks endorsed both by industry and community. Although there are many more, but I will only list the top four.
- Bootstrap (DirectMe) — One of the most popular responsive CSS frameworks available to date. They label themselves as a platform to “Quickly prototype your ideas or build your entire app with our Sass variables and mixins, responsive grid system, extensive prebuilt components, and powerful plugins built on jQuery.”
- Materialize CSS (DirectMe) — Based on Google’s ‘Material’ design and provides abstract components like simple buttons, lists, attractive hover effects, and floating ‘plus’ buttons.
- Semantic UI (DirectMe) — Treats words and classes as exchangeable concepts. Classes use syntax from natural languages like noun/modifier relationships, word order, and plurality to link concepts intuitively.
- React (DirectMe) — Developed by Facebook. One of the best available open-source JS frameworks that follow the development structures of DOM approved by W3C. React has gained popularity in a very short period of time. It makes the use of a virtual DOM and hence, the integration of the same with any application is easier. Another benefit of React is its great management of single-page applications (SPAs) with many dynamic components.
- Vue (DirectMe) — Developed in 2016. This JS framework has made its way into the market and has proven its worth. Its dual integration mode is one of the most attractive features for the creation of high-end SPA or Single Page Application. It is a much reliable platform for developing cross-platform.
Finally, let us list the top build tools/task runners.
- Webpack (DirectMe) — Written in JaveScript. Initially, it is a module bundler, though it is quite often used instead of other task runners. This advanced tool provides developers with control over how it splits the modules, allowing them to adjust builds to particular situations and workaround solutions that don’t function properly out of the box.
In order to learn any of these, the best way I recommend is to pick up a tool, follow a free Youtube tutorial series to get a quick hands-on and start using it in your next projects. The more you will use them in your projects, the more you will make yourself familiar with the opportunities they bring in.
I hope you will find these useful for your next front-end design projects on the web. In the future posts, I will list the most popular backend servers and databases that are being used today with some useful insights on their implementation complexities. Happy Learning!