The ubiquity of JavaScript makes their frameworks the backbone of web development

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The ubiquity of JavaScript makes their frameworks the backbone of web development


by Analytics Insight


January 6, 2022

Over the years, JavaScript has established itself as the most widely used programming language on the web today.

JavaScript is everywhere, mainly because JS is easy to use.

This programming language offers a low barrier to entry. For example, you can start with a simple expression like “console.log(2+2)” right in your browser’s console.

JavaScript is the most used language on the web today, according to the Octovere 2021 report.

It is also a language that is aimed at beginners, intermediate and experienced developers.

JS is a dynamic programming language with great versatility, but it can be extended with static types for developers who want more rigidity and error checking in their code base.

This extension is possible with the TypeScript superset, which adds type checking to the JS language. TS is used by 78% of respondents to the State of JS 2020 report.

JavaScript works on a myriad of devices

Client side, server side, IoT and machine learning are just some of the places where JS operates. This not only shows the ubiquity but the versatility of the language.

With such scope, it’s hard to imagine how the programming language only took ten days to build. It’s a fast development time.

Although JavaScript is not without problems, revisions made by the ECMAScript organization have improved the language. ECMAScript is a JS standard intended to ensure the interoperability of web pages between browsers.

It ensures that even with different browser engines, JS still works predictably. Without a doubt, JS is a progressive language that just keeps getting better.

JS is a powerful language in terms of utility, so building apps with it is an enjoyable experience

Even with that, there’s the problem of reinventing the wheel every time you want to start a new project. This applies to side projects for developers and large enterprise applications. A framework has major utility here because it provides a model and a skeleton for building web applications that provide reusable UI patterns that act in predictable ways.

Although there are still controversies over what a framework is and whether it differs from a library, they make it easier to build breakthrough applications and SPAs (single page applications).

A JavaScript framework with easy-to-understand documentation provides a way for new and seasoned developers alike to get started. A fantastic community, widespread educational content, and a great product roadmap are bonuses.

React, Vue, and Angular are some of the JavaScript community tools, but this is ExtJs by Sencha. ExtJS is a progressive web framework that provides a high performance and fast UI framework for building cross-platform applications.

Most apps use JS to add interactivity, and ExtJS offers features and packages that help kick-start app ideas, bringing them to life.

However, like in any competitive market and especially one notorious for JavaScript fatigue due to the sheer amount of JS tools available, ExtJS has had its fair share of challenges in winning the hearts of developers.

ExtJS still has a lot to offer in this highly saturated ecosystem of JS frameworks, where it seems like a new framework is launched every other day.

ReactJS, VueJS, and AngularJS have been locked in a three-way battle for industry dominance. Yet the unexpected outsider who might emerge as the victor might not be any of the warring factions, but an expected newcomer to the ring.

According to Sencha, ExtJS is used by 60% of Fortune 100 companies, including Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Samsung.

These companies consider Sencha’s ExtJS useful for building scalable enterprise applications.

High performance grid system is a key feature of ExtJS framework that outperforms competitors

This grid system can handle millions of records and analyze large feature sets. It also gives developers complete control over customization.

The Grid is pre-tested on a wide range of browser platforms, with the added benefit of a simple UI component that can be integrated into the Grid.

The Datagrid can be used with a framework or in a framework independent model. It gives React developers the ability to see and use the high performing Datagrid system.

The Grid system offered by Sencha outperforms its competitors in key performance metrics.

Based on this JS grid performance evaluation, ExtJS Datagrid runs over 300x faster in terms of grid scrolling speed compared to leading grid providers.

The tests replicated real-life scenarios, large datasets, and the ways the end user would apply the grid.

Other tools like Sencha Architect help cut down on time spent manually coding, and templates help make mockups and quick prototypes. SenchaTest ensures that applications are tested end-to-end and can evolve.

Responsive design is no slouch as ExtJS also includes a flexible layout manager which ensures that your content can adapt to the myriad of devices available in the market.

Using the framework, you can reuse code for different device orientations, no matter how complex your interfaces are.

Other tools include Sencha Themer plugins, IDE and code editor, ExtGen, ExtBuild and SenchaFiddle. You can try ExtJS and all it offers in this online code playground right in the browser.

Accessibility is a concern in the industry because JS frameworks are highly inaccessible, according to an accessibility report from WebAim, especially for visually impaired users.

ExtJS includes packages that the Docs say add accessibility support to your applications

This would ensure that your web applications don’t exclude anyone from a fully-fledged web experience.

Sencha offers an excellent community and fantastic customer support for individual developers and organizational teams using the progressive framework.

Sencha developers’ increased awareness of the Sencha product line and community engagements are top notch. Come hang out and connect with your peers on the ExtJS Discord server.

The future of the web is defined by writers coding in the sands of web time.

ExtJs is positioned to chart a highly accessible future with its functionality, and it’s backed by a range of products that can chart the course towards what we want the web to be.

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