It is important to note that React is only a tool for making changes to the View aspect of programming. To use React as a full server side framework, it must be combined with Flux or Redux. Therefore, React is perhaps best used as for performance tweaks to specific elements of a page. One of its strengths lie in being about as useful in updating specific portions of legacy projects as brand new builds.
As a full framework which interacts both with the server and the client, AngularJS has a much steeper learning curve than React. This is compacted by AngularJS’s light documentation. It is worth mentioning that as an open source framework, AngularJS has a vibrant and growing community to help with questions. This summer Angular 2 has officially shipped. The team strives to resolve documentation as well helping to make the platform more intuitive.
Ember.js and Backbone.js:
Ember.js is known in the community as the sleeper framework. Since it’s advent in 2011 Ember.js is widely used and has been adopted by Square Dashboard, Vine and Apple Music Desktop. This “old and steady” framework was relatively fast to become stable and remains so. Where React is known for changing the way we code, Ember.js demands developers to write cleaner code, adhering to best practices - or as the Ember.js creator’s refer to it - “falling into the pit of success”. Ember.js scales well and is widely trusted on the enterprise level, which makes it the ideal framework for large applications and its demand of clean code makes it easy for new developers to pick up where others left off.
Released in 2010, Backbone.js is another framework that has proven itself as a stable option. Accepted by web giants from LinkedIn and Amazon to up and coming Trello, SoundCloud and Airbnb - Backbone.js is a light framework that has the flexibility to meet lots of needs. This flexibility is due in part to Backbone’s lack of high functioning features, such as templates. While suggested plugins ship with Backbone.js, relying on plugins leaves developers to heavy debugging from a variety of sources. Backbone.js has been described as a backbone to build new frameworks around. Its flexibility allows developers to build solutions around assessment, gamification, simulation and user tracking.
Auerlia and Meteor:
Aurelia and Meteor may not be filling the news just yet, but it is very likely that in upcoming years we will see the rise of these frameworks.
Unlike many of the a-forementioned frameworks, Aurelia is not an open source framework. It has a dedicated team of developers and a sales team pushing partnership and support. Doting itself as ‘future proof’, Aurelia uses ES6 classes, standardizing nomenclature and allowing developers not to reference Aurelia at all. This could have a huge impact as ES6 becomes a requirement for developers down the line.
Meteor is both a platform and a framework that use Node.js, MongoDB and MiniMongo to allow developers to write server and client side code in one place and language. It includes excellent documentation and support for layering React and Angular over the platform. This year Meteor seeks to, "close the gap" between framework’s support of “native apps and mobile web”. They have already seen success with Respond, an application used by companies ranging from Microsoft to Slack. Meteor is great for quickly building applications and allows developers the chance to expand their knowledge base by tapping into some of these other frameworks for specific components.