According to Stack Overflow survey results 2018, Javascript is the most popular programming languages, with 71.5% professional developers placing their trust in it.

Javascript, which was originally the core technology behind dynamic websites on the web wide web is taking the app development world by storm. With introduction of Javascript frameworks for building mobile apps, businesses and developers have found a sorted solution to build interactive UI, with less lines of code.

Apps are a necessity for any modern business. Javascript provides an excellent set of tools for building apps, and is necessary for front end development. In no particular order, here’s our list of the top-rated javascript frameworks for mobile app development. 

 

  • jQuery Mobile

 

This lightweight mobile framework is based on the popular jQuery library. Developers use jQuery Mobile for mobile website development as well as apps. It’s touch-optimized with a focus on broad compatibility(Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry). 

Eliminating cross-browser issues is one of jQuery Mobile’s biggest draws. The framework supports a huge variety of platforms, devices, display sizes, and screen resolutions. There’s no need to use a device-specific programming language. Instead, developers can use standards like JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, or AJAX.

 

  • NativeScript

 

NativeScript aims for a “write once, use everywhere” philosophy and comes very close. It’s an open-source framework for building Android, iOS, and Windows apps. With access to native API, it creates applications that behave like native apps on those platforms. Heavy code reuse between platform versions cuts the overall development time, too.

The framework supports the use of Angular, Vue.js, TypeScript, and Javascript. There are hundreds of NativeScript plugins, but developers aren’t limited to that toolset. They can integrate Node Package Manager, CocoaPods for iOS, and Gradle for Android.

 

  • Ionic

 

Ionic is another popular javascript framework for building hybrid apps. For developers acquainted with web technologies and web app development, understanding the structure of  an Ionic app is easy.

Hybrid apps run in a full-screen browser called WebView, which is invisible to the users. Through customizable native plugins, they can access the native features of mobile devices like camera, touch ID etc, without the core code being connected to the device.

 

  • OnSenUI

 

OnSen UI is a JS framework for building hybrid mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Onsen UI is compatible with both AngularJS and Angular 2+, React, Vue, and jQuery so that developers can switch between different libraries and frameworks for building interactive UIs.

Different Frameworks Fit Different Projects

Obviously the type of project you’re working on will determine the framework you’re going to use. As a developer, you understand what works and what doesn’t. Use these and other tools to design apps more easily.