July 6, 2016
These frameworks offer some performance advantages that are hard to dispute. And as large web sites get even larger and more complex, separating functional components into modules makes sense, and frameworks encourage that. It’s no surprise that the two most popular frameworks at the moment, Angular and React were developed by Google and Facebook, respectively, companies with unbelievably large and complex codebases and the business need to squeeze every nanosecond of performance out of
the site their development teams.
Brad Frost said it very well:
At the end of the day this idea of progressive enhancement, this idea of Web standards, of starting with HTML and layering on CSS and layering on behavior on top of that is foundational work.
There are many more frameworks than React and Angular, and many more on the way. I’m sitting back and waiting for one of them to promote itself with a web-standards-first and accessible-by-default approach. I’m pretty optimistic that it will show up, too, because the reasons why web standards were important before are still true. There’s always a strong case for making your site future-proof.