Drupal JavaScript Frameworks

WordPress’s JavaScript path is now chosen for the long term – for better of for worse. They’re forging ahead with React components, resting on the shoulders of Facebook. In the backend they’re set on the boring-but-stable Express.js framework.

Drupal is keeping it’s options open, but can’t afford to get left behind. Drupal 8 includes the perfectly fine backbone.js, but as the name states it’s just the bare bones.

Dries Buytaert published an Excel sheet they have been working on, comparing the following JavaScript tooling to be coupled with Drupal:

  • Angular 2 (MVC, 2.0.0-beta.0)
  • Ember (MVC, 2.2.0)
  • React (V, 0.14.3)
  • Elm (lang, compile-to-JS)
  • Backbone (MV, 1.2.3; in core)
  • Angular 1 (MVC, 1.4.8)
  • Knockout (MVVM, 3.4.0)

Angular 2 and React enable Drupal Isomorphic JavaScript rendering out of the box.

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