The world of tech has always been an ever-changing environment. Especially for frontend developers, the changes come often and fast. Keeping up with up and coming frameworks, new supersets or team compositions can be a challenge for tech leads building their stack. Software development company The Software House (TSH) is keeping a finger on the pulse. They surveyed thousands of frontend developers and caught up with seasoned seniors to hear the latest developments on React, Svelte, TypeScript and everything in between.
The State of Frontend 2020: React on top
The State of Frontend 2020 report, in which TSH surveys over 4,500 frontend developers from all over the world, gives a revealing insight into the technologies that are up and coming or on their way out. To dive deeper into the matter, TSH’s CTO Marek Gajda hosted a fireside chat to talk frontend. Seasoned devs Luca Mezzalira (VP of Architecture at DAZN), Antony Jones (CTO of Beyonk) and Andrzej Wysoczański (Frontend Team Lead at The Software House) joined to offer their take.
Read the report: State of Frontend 2020
If you are a tech manager at a software company, one of the most pressing questions will be: which frontend framework to choose for your tech stack? For the last few years, the two most popular frameworks were React and Angular. When you look at the results of the State of Frontend 2020 survey, unsurprisingly, React is on top. Over 74 per cent of the frontend developers say they used it last year. The second and the third most popular frameworks – Angular and Vue.js – were used only by 33 per cent and 30 per cent of developers.
“When you see that more people are using React than those using Angular and Vue.js combined, you realise that React has gained such a solid reputation that it seems the safest choice for tech managers,” says Marek Gajda. This may not necessarily be the case, predicts Beyonk’s Antony Jones: “I think that all frameworks have their advantages and disadvantages. React is the king now, and it will probably remain so. However, I believe that the movement will be towards so-called compiled frameworks, like Svelte.”
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The role of frontend in teams
Not only the technology developers are working with is constantly changing. The way frontend developers work in tech teams is also a crucial topic for many tech managers, as organising development teams is one of their everyday responsibilities. According to the data in the State of Frontend 2020 Report, up to 92 per cent of frontend developers work as part of development teams while less than 8 per cent work entirely on their own.
The future of frontend
While the State of Frontend report gives a detailed look at the current playing field, predicting the future is not an easy task, says Gajda: “Am I surprised by the results of the survey and the recent changes in frontend development? Not really. Am I surprised by how quick these changes occur? Definitely yes.” One thing is for sure, according to him. Frontend development is always on the move.
If you feel like your business has a hard time keeping up with the changes in frontend development, The Software House offers free 1-hour consultations – to set the right direction for your frontend development strategy. You can get an actionable plan for building or upgrading your application’s frontend, improving your app’s UX, performance and scalability – to speed up your business transformation.