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How Not to Choose a Framework

In my job as a JavaScript architect, trainer and mentor, I’m often asked, “What’s your favorite framework?”  Or “What is the best framework?” And it surprises people when I give them two answers to that question.

Right now, of the frameworks I’ve looked at, my favorite framework is React JS.  But if I were picking a corporate framework, at this point I’d probably land on Angular 2.0.

But the question you are probably asking is , “Why two different selections?”  And, I think a more interesting question would be, “How did you select which one to use?”

In fact, when I was thinking about writing this post, I was going to title it “How to Choose a JavaScript Framework” but as I considered what I would actually say, I realized that the factors I would use really apply to any language and any time.

But an even more interesting question is this.  What factors are essential when picking out a framework.  If I ignored these questions, what are the cost?

So, I give you…

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Ext JS 6 by Sencha – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Long time readers may remember that I started using Ext JS about 3 years ago.  At the time, I was using version 4.2.2.  I recently started a new contract where they are using Ext JS 6.0.1.  I have to say, this version solves a lot of the architectural issues I had with the 4.x series.  But, there are still problems.

Since I’ve provided an evaluation of Angular 2 and React JS, I thought providing an evaluation of the current version of Ext JS would be appropriate since these three seem to be the main players in the corporate world.

Ext JS by Sencha - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
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