JavaScript frameworks have helped to breath a new lease of life into JavaScript and its use within Web Development. The likes of Backbone, Ember, Angular and Knockout have started to allow web developers to use the language to build standardised applications quickly.

Traditional JavaScript web development involved mixing scripts in with markup and styling code to create a codebase which quickly became hard to maintain, particularly when several people where working on the same project. In recent years there has been a greater attempt to plan these items more sensibly and, where possible, to keep markup, scripts and CSS styles in separate files.

jQuery was an important creation which aimed to take JavaScript into a more accessible product that more developers could make use of, because of it’s reduced code and easier coverage for different browsers. Since it’s inception, jQuery has grown in popularity very quickly and there are also several other JavaScript frameworks which you might check out, with similar benefits.

JavaScript is now used in sever-side applications which underlines it’s flexibility and how it has really developed over recent years, aided by the simple fact that it comes as standard with most browsers, where as other plugins require users to download something, which they may not be willing or able to do.

AJAX was an important development in the use of JavaScript, where new opportunities were offered to web developers looking to offer dynamic content changes to websites, without having page refreshes. Maps were one example of this, where you could finally navigate maps in the browser smoothily and efficiently.

All web developers are advised to take a look again at JavaScript if they were previously unsure as to whether it would be a useful addition to their skillset. There are so many different aspects to it’s use now that there will surely be some elements of JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks which can improve your work. Front-End developers are now mostly required to have some form of understanding of JavaScript, and those that embrace it the most will have more opportunities coming their way in the future.

Many of the new frameworks mentioned in this article are relatively new and so it is important to keep in touch with how they develop over the coming years and whether or not there are a few which really standout eventually as the industry favourites. Currently, that would appear to be the likes of Node, Angular, Backbone, Ember and Knockout.