Fifteen Front End Frameworks Every Full Stack Developer Should Know


At Inverted Software, we create amazing user experiences and our developers use the latest technologies to deliver products that set industry standards.

Here are fifteen front end JavaScript and CSS frameworks we utilize and that every front end of full stack developer should know. When working with us, you can rest assure we always innovate and bring you our collective knowledge and expertise.


Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.

Bootstrap easily and efficiently scales your websites and applications with a single code base, from phones to tablets to desktops with CSS media queries.


Built by Google, Angular.js is the most popular Single Page Application framework today.

AngularJS extends HTML with new attributes designed for dynamic data and validation binding.

HTML is great for declaring static documents, but it falters when we try to use it for declaring dynamic views in web-applications. AngularJS lets you extend HTML vocabulary for your application. The resulting environment is extraordinarily expressive, readable, and quick to develop.


Built by Facebook and performance centric, React.JS is a library for building dynamic user interfaces.

React abstracts away the DOM from you, giving a simpler programming model and better performance. React can also render on the server using Node, and it can power native apps using React Native.


From the mind of Rob Eisenberg, Aurelia is a JavaScript client framework for mobile, desktop and web leveraging simple conventions and empowering creativity.
Written with ES 2016. Integrates with Web Components. No external dependencies except polyfills.

Aurelia is the new kid on the block and it promises to be the most modern of all JavaScript frameworks.


Knockout.js simplifies dynamic JavaScript UIs with the Model-View-View Model (MVVM) pattern.

Declarative bindings, automatic UI refresh, dependency tracking and templating all help make this versatile framework one of our favorites.


Sammy.js is a tiny JavaScript framework developed to ease the pain and provide a basic structure for developing JavaScript applications. Sammy tries to achieve this by providing a small ‘core’ framework and an ever-growing list of plugins for specific functionality.

The core includes a simple API for defining applications which are made up primarily of routes and events. By driving application development around a small and specific API, Sammy attempts to keep your code organized while still allowing a lot of breathing room to define your own style and structure.


Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface.


jQuery is a fast, small, and feature-rich JavaScript library. It makes things like HTML document traversal and manipulation, event handling, animation, and Ajax much simpler with an easy-to-use API that works across a multitude of browsers.

With a combination of versatility and extensibility, jQuery has changed the way that millions of people write JavaScript.


Jasmine is a behavior-driven development framework for testing JavaScript code. It does not depend on any other JavaScript frameworks. It does not require a DOM. And it has a clean, obvious syntax so that you can easily write tests.


Built on top of the Jasmine test framework and using familiar syntax, Jest provides you with multiple layers on top of Jasmine:Automatically finds tests to execute in your repo

  • Automatically mocks dependencies for you when running your tests
  • Allows you to test asynchronous code synchronously
  • Runs your tests with a fake DOM implementation (via jsdom) so that your tests can run on the command line
  • Runs tests in parallel processes so that they finish sooner


Karma is a JavaScript test runner that is test framework agnostic
The main goal for Karma is to bring a productive testing environment to developers. The environment being one where they don’t have to set up loads of configurations, but rather a place where developers can just write the code and get instant feedback from their tests. Because getting quick feedback is what makes you productive and creative.

Karma watches the files in your application. Whenever you change any of them, it immediately executes the specified tests and reports the results. You never have to leave your text editor.


D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. D3 helps you bring data to life using HTML, SVG, and CSS. D3’s emphasis on web standards gives you the full capabilities of modern browsers without tying yourself to a proprietary framework, combining powerful visualization components and a data-driven approach to DOM manipulation.


Fabric.js is a powerful and simple JavaScript HTML5 canvas library.
Fabric provides interactive object model on top of the canvas element.
Fabric also has SVG-to-canvas (and canvas-to-SVG) parser.

HTML5’s Canvas allows us to create some absolutely amazing graphics on the web these days. But the API it provides is disappointingly low-level. It’s one thing if we simply want to draw few basic shapes on canvas and forget about them. But as soon as there’s need for any kind of interaction, change of picture at any point, or drawing of more complex shapes — situtation changes dramatically.

Fabric aims to solve this problem.


Grunt is a JavaScript task running, performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc. After you’ve configured it through a Gruntfile, Grunt can do most of that mundane work for you—and your team—with basically zero effort.


Another javascript task runner, Gulp streams and building complex pipelines with ease. It uses node.js’ streams, and executes faster than Grunt, since it does not open/close files.


There are many more front end frameworks and HTML5 together with ECMAScript 6 (The JavaScript language specifications) promises great things to come.

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