In 2019, React.js was the most loved web framework by developers worldwide, according to the most recent survey done by StackOverflow. At the time of writing this article, we found 184,565 React.js questions on the same website and 111,612 npm packages, meaning that the future of React.js in 2020 is brighter than the sun.
Why do we love it? Because it helps us create the most engaging web apps efficiently and fast with minimal coding. Since its release back in 2013, the goal of React.js was to provide outstanding rendering performance, considering its core strength is on individual components. Although it won the “battle” against Vue.js in 2019, things are changing fast in the software development realm. For 2020, we anticipate the following React.js trends.
Skyrocketing Developer Interest
From a developer’s perspective, programming is art. They need to love the different tools they use, not just use them for the sake of programming. For us, at Thinslices, it’s a lot easier to work with tools that bring joy and pleasure. Here’s what one of our React.js rockstars has to say on that note:
“For me, as a software developer, building amazing, robust products is a top priority. I fell in love with React.js because it gives me a sense of joy and fulfillment when reusing components. By adhering to this rule “one function, one component”, I can stay focused on improving the re-usability of components. Rather than develop a new component to suit a function, I can work with an existing component that I already have for a function. This way, I don’t have to start all over again and maintain consistency when working on one or more projects.” (Dan Diac, Engineering Lead at Thinslices)
To touch more on the skyrocketing developer interest for React.js, in the spring of last year, we hosted a React.js Bootcamp where we invited Kristijan Ristovski (Kitze), founder of React Academy, to join us at Thinslices to share some insights. A number of 49 enthusiastic developers attended the workshop - which was divided into two parts: beginner and advanced. Leaving aside the fact that we’ve learned a lot, we had a lot of fun along the way, too.
The Framework War Continues - Will React.js Hold The Crown In 2020?
Google Trends confirms that React is currently at the top. Why do we believe in its potential? When it comes to developing interactive, dynamic user interfaces, nothing can beat it. An estimated number of 8064 industry leaders currently use React.js; among some of the most powerful are Airbnb, Uber, Netflix, Instagram, WhatsApp, BBC, Twitter, and Reddit. Since its release in 2013, the React community has increased to 22930, whereas 13834 developers claim they prefer Angular.js and 8017 use Vue.js (StackShare).
Armed with a helpful developer toolset, quicker rendering, and the ability to simplify the process of scripting components, it’s no wonder that React.js is here to stay in 2020. Without a shadow of a doubt, the framework war will continue. In a blog post, UI engineers at Netflix talked about their decision to switch to React.js, highlighting “Our decision to adopt React was influenced by a number of factors, most notably: 1) startup speed, 2) runtime performance, and 3) modularity.”
React.js - A Frontrunner In The Job Market
React.js has had its fair share of highs and lows throughout 2019. With Python breathing down its neck, it completed the year as the No.1 tech stack according to HN’s Who is hiring thread. As a framework that enables developers to build user-friendly, high performing enterprise apps, React.js apps are easy to maintain due to its modular infrastructure.
The Love for React.Js Will Amplify Among Startups and Enterprises
Startups seek to cut development costs, whereas enterprises want to increase conversion rates. That being said, the love for React.js will most likely amplify in 2020 because it does help attain business goals. As for the benefits, development speed is one of the most obvious. Time-to-market matters in all businesses, regardless of shape and size. Completing software development projects within a given budget and on time is critical, and React.js has shown it can do that over and over again.
With Canopy, we went the extra mile because it was a product we believe in with all our hearts. The challenges had never seemed more real because - apart from the number of variables involved - the time span to get it done was short. On top of everything, we worked on the project remotely. Regardless, the flexibility of React.js on the coding side gave us an upper hand. It allowed us to stay agile, collaborate effectively with everyone involved, and deliver a great product in time, within budget.
Given its multitude of reusable components, developers can build and maintain applications much faster. Powered by React Native, the robust cross-platform development tool for mobile apps, React provides interoperability that enables developers to build a strong presence both on web and on mobile. Simplicity is yet another reason React.js will continue to rise to stardom, and many argue that it’s a lot simpler to learn than Angular.js, one of its main competitors.
Omnipresence, Maturity, Stability - React Turns 7, Preschool Is Over!
Although we can’t be 100% sure that React.js will end 2020 in style, we anticipate that heavy usage and popularity will push its ubiquity to a breaking point in 2020. Big industry players and projects such as Meteor or Sitecore, are looking at React as their first front-end choice. The active community is growing, which is a clear sign that React.js is maturing. A great example to back up the maturity stage is Gatsby, the free, open-source framework based on React that enables developers to build incredibly fast apps and websites.
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Paula Clapon, Marketing & Employer Branding Specialist at Thinslices. Thinslices is a full-service product development agency, working on high-intensity development projects with corporate innovation groups and startups.