Back in 2006, jQuery gained immense popularity. It was the earliest of its type, as jQuery could design web applications that adopt utilities of the web. web utilities enable you to control the main control panel from a computer on a network. With time, other factors came into play and tech advancements caused a decline in jQuery’s popularity. 8% of the developers preferred jQuery, but that number fell to 2% in 2020. That said, jQuery is still loved and used by a significant number of developers.
AngularJS gained popularity because it was the first framework that provided a comprehensive structure for front-end web development. A great thing about it was that you could generate reusable components in AngularJS. After six years of AngularJS, Google released Angular (Angular 2+). Angular 2+ is an open-source web application framework that’s syntax is easier to learn and implement than AngularJS. Moreover, AngularJS didn’t support mobile, whereas Angular 2 was developed specifically to cater to mobile users.
ReactJS was actually built by Facebook to help better manage ads. ReactJS is now used by many developers though, to help them build user interfaces (UIs). It became popular among web developers and has a good reputation for making great UIs. It’s also just as useful in 2021, as it was when it was first released in 2013.
VueJS is a lightweight framework that helps in making user interfaces and single applications. Because of that, it gained less popularity, as many developers aren’t interested in single applications. That said, it is the only front-end framework that has lasted 7+ years.
Angular and React are two frameworks that have been popular regardless of the technology or language. That’s because they’re supported by two of the tech giants - Facebook and Google. Angular is popular among C#, Java, and PHP developers, while React is common among Rails, Node.js, and Python developers.
The industry the framework was created for also plays a large role in the lifecycle of it. React and Angular are popular with almost every type of company, regardless of industry. An interesting note regarding industries is that the framework Angular is most popular among insurance companies.