In the front-end frameworks space, Facebook’s React UI library led the pack with 13,669 developers saying they had used it and would do so again. The runner up was “none,” with 9,493 developers saying they did not use any front-end framework.
An additional 12,175 developers reported they wanted to learn Vue.js, followed by 6,072 developers interested in learning Angular 2. But in a bad omen for Google’s front-end framework, 9,615 developers reported they had used Angular 1 and would not use it again while 10,657 developers had heard of Angular 2 and were not interested in using it. For Ember, 15,021 respondents had heard of it but were uninterested; 12,654 respondents felt this way about Backbone.
Among back-end frameworks, Express was far and away the leader with 14,541 respondents saying they had used it and would do so again.
Meteor, the report said, has generated a lot of awareness but has not capitalized on it. There were 11,226 respondents who said they had heard of Meteor but were not interested.
Mobile and desktop frameworks: PhoneGap/Cordova users dissatisfied
In the mobile and desktop realm, PhoneGap/Cordova had a high usage score but a low satisfaction ratio. While 3,381 developers reported being satisfied, another 4,685 developers had used it but would not use it again. An additional 9,192 developers had heard of it but were not interested in using it.
Large numbers of developers said they wanted to learn native development (9,113), Electron (11,221), and React Native (13,502).
Among build tools, NPM led the way with 21,369 developers having used it and planning to continue.
In the testing tools category, Mocha had 10,717 respondents who used it and would continue with it.
Mocha and Jest appear poised for growth, with 6,591 respondents interested in learning Mocha and 6,470 persons wanting to learn Jest.
State management tools: REST, Redux rule
The report also asked about client-side and server-side state management tools. The REST API was favored by 20,615 developers who had used it and would keep doing so. Although GraphQL was a distant fourth, a whopping 14,233 respondents said they would like to learn it.