Archive for June, 2019

Analysis of Top 3 JavaScript Frameworks

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

State of JavaScript Frameworks in 2019 – Angular, React & Vue

For front-end developers, things were simpler in the early days. There were fewer front-end JavaScript frameworks to choose from.

Today, however, it’s not the case. With every passing day, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for them to make up their mind.

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, then you’ve arrived at the right place.  And most probably, you must also be confused between the following three choices:

  • Angular
  • React
  • Vue

Though Angular and React are the two most popular front-end JavaScript frameworks these days, but Vue is also gaining traction rapidly.

So, how are you supposed to choose?

Before you can make a decision, you need to be clear about what JavaScript frameworks actually are.

What Are JavaScript Frameworks?

A JavaScript framework is basically a pre-written JavaScript library that makes the development process easier through a readymade layer of abstraction.

In simplest terms, these JavaScript frameworks offer a package of functions to create a responsive web UI faster.

Developers usually find themselves lost in deciding as which JavaScript framework will best address their web development needs.

This article will help you gain the necessary knowledge of each framework so that you can choose the right framework for your next project.

So, without any further ado, let’s find out!

Top JavaScript Frameworks

Choosing a javascript framework can sometimes become a tedious task, especially when there are certain factors to take into consideration. Whether you’re a beginner or already have somewhat experience, this separate analysis of each framework will help you make the right decision.

Angular

angularAngular was once a prime choice among front end developers until react came out. But Google then made substantial changes to its architecture to get it back into the game.

So, what does Angular has to offer today?

The best change that Google made in Angular 1.0 is converting it into a component-based architecture from the Model-View-Whatever (kind of MVC). Since this change, Angular has become fairly modular.

Today, if you want to build a web app using Angular, you can do so by breaking up your web into numerous components.

Apart from components, you will also have to get familiar with services, Angular directives, and dependency injection framework.

Recently, Angular has also added support for TypeScript to ensure type-safety in Angular-based web apps. Although, using TypeScript in the latest Angular version is not so pleasant to work with.

Compared with React, Angular is much of a complete framework that has all the tools a developer would need.

Overall, the bottom line is this – Go with Angular if you don’t prefer using additional libraries in React framework.

React

ReactWhen React arrived in the market, it stormed the JavaScript world and immediately joined the ranks of the leaders. In fact, React also introduced many new concepts of its own.

React, similar to Angular, also follows a component-based architecture. But, apart from components, React has also encouraged developers to build a huge amount of additional tools to attain the highest flexibility.

However, if you decide to use React framework, be ready to face the dilemma of choosing the right tools from a vast amount.

Overall, React can definitely help you build a most advanced UI if you can identify the right tools for your project.

Vue

If you’ve somewhat experience working with JavaScript’s, then Vue might seem like a mix of Angular and React. The truth is, Vue is actually a mix of Angular and React.

The creator of Vue, Evan You, did borrow certain concepts of both Angular & React JavaScript frameworks.

So, why should you choose Vue when there is nothing new in it?

Well, one of the many reasons to use Vue in your next project is because of the Redux library which is often used for developing large-scale React apps.

But, the only problem with React + Redux apps is, once it grows bigger, you’ll often find yourself making small changes in multiple files, rather than working on new features.

Apart from this, if you compare Angular with Vue, the Angular is a full-fledged framework with an over-complicated and restrictive nature, while Vue is rather simpler and less restrictive.

Overall, Vue can be a great choice compared to both React and Angular, if your project is rather simple and less complicated.

Which JavaScript Framework Should I Use?

It all boils down to one thing – The nature of your project.

But if we look at each framework individually, then both React and Angular is a better choice compared to Vue since both have an immense amount of support from Facebook and Google. 

However, if you are looking for a new approach to give it a try, only then you should pay attention to Vue.

So, have you made your decision yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.

This guest article was written by Atman Rathod, who is the Co-founder at CMARIX TechnoLabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading Angular Development Company with 13+ years of experience. He loves to write about technology, startups, entrepreneurship and business. His creative abilities, academic track record and leadership skills made him one of the key industry influencers as well.

Microinteractions in UI – Focus on the details

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

The brand philosophy of the most popular Design House Stockholm says “Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful”. So, the basic idea of Microinteractions are to focus on the details that can truly transform the basic user experience of an application. There are many practices  to enhance the overall user experience such as well-structured information, meaningful content, attractive design, responsive and fast loading pages etc. But apart from all these high-level technicalities, there are micro level interaction details that can that can keep the users delighted and increase retention.

In short, Microinteractions are those tiny enticing moments built into the application, which stimulates a feeling of happiness to the end users. As a designer, identifying the micro interactions in the application is equally important as designing them. It’s the meticulous attention to detail that differentiates an outstanding website from the rest.

Definition

Dan Saffer, the famous Interaction Designer & the author of the book Microinteractions, defines micro-interactions as “contained product moments that revolve around a single use case -  they have one main task”. According to Saffer effective Microinteractions follow a four step process mentioned below.

Triggers:
This is what initiates the Microinteraction. A trigger can be a floating icon that enourages a user to click, swipe, tap, pull, scroll.

Rules:
The trigger engages the rules. This is what happens during the interaction and it needs to feel natural for a user.

Feedback:
This lets the user know what exactly is happening. For example, it can be loading animation, pop-up, color fill an icon or any other range of interaction.

Loops and modes:
This determines the length of a Microinteractions as well if the user will need to repeat it or change it over time.

Instant Feedback:

An input feedback should work instantly in a good UI system. Imagine a scenario where the user is filling a huge web form and when he clicks the ‘submit’ button after completing all the fields, the form is throwing an error message. This will make the user instantly frustrated. Besides the irritation of finding the fault input field, there is a big chance that some of the fields get empty, making you putting the whole information again. Providing information, automatically appearing when needed, will ease the frustrating process of filling rules. For most of the people, this information would be unnecessary, they don’t want to see a bunch of text before each empty field. Thus, that info can be hidden in a small icon, which expands to a small box in case you hover or tap on it.

When the user fills in form, the system instantly checks for the input text and kindly reminds the user to correct the fields if there is a mistake. The process of feedback is given straight after the users leaves that input field. The validation or help message appear only when there is a mistake, sliding from the top and colouring the filed red to attract the user’s eye.

Examples

Here are some cool microinteraction techniques created by smart UI guys which I found from various sources on the web.

Quick Reference

http://microinteractions.com/microinteractions-quick-reference/

Conclusion

Microinteractions are a great way to enhance the overall user experience of an application. Along with other tiny techniques, animations can also bring in a lot of personality which enhances the brand experience. Microinteractions can also make the app user experience easier and more seamless which is a very important aspect of product branding.

In UI/UX, it is highly important to study the behaviour of end-users and how they feel about a particular product. Even very small things require proper attention as it can turn the things in your favour. This is where Microinteractions come into play as they acknowledge the users and give them the necessary feedback and understanding of the current process, thereby making the interface more interactive and usable.