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Jyozeal asked
Hi All,

I am reading about jquery, angular js, react js and node.js. Can you please suggest which is best for developing rich UI if we are developing things from scratch.

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Russ SuterSenior Software Developer
Each approach has its benefits.

jQuery has been around a very long time and I'd recommend it as a base for any web UI.

angular.js is very new, less than a year old, but has some incredible potential for rapid development once you've learned how to use it.

I use a combination of jQuery and Bootstrap to create responsive design pages. I haven't played much with angular.js yet.

Some of your decision may be influenced by whether you'll be designing using webforms or MVC.


I would want this application to be easily accessible on mobile devices. So if i use MVC i think it would be easy for me to do this.

what do you think about React?
Owner (Aidellio)
Most Valuable Expert 2015

there's a few things to clear up.

node is purely SERVER side, while jQuery, react and angular are purely CLIENT side. if you are interested in the MVW approach but do not need all the bells and whistles of angular, you should look at knockoutjs due to its very small footprint.

in other words you can use nodejs with any of the other 3. in most cases you can also use jquery with the other frameworks if required.

As for making it responsive that is going to mostly depend on the styling (css) and bootstrap (already mentioned) is one of the front running framework  technologies leading the way in this area.

I've often gone with frameworks that are well documented and well supported as there's nothing more frustrating than going with the flavor if the month (such as laravel) only to find it's impossible to get running and has virtually no documentation or support.
RobOwner (Aidellio)
Most Valuable Expert 2015

I also wanted to add that you've got to choose the tools that best suit your application. if you need true MVC then cakephp, codeigniter etc are a better match than trying to do it all with JavaScript frameworks such as angular, react and knockout as you regain control on the server side add well as the client.
if you don't need what components jQuery ui offers for instance then don't use it.  
you may also rant to use jQuery mobile instead of bootstrap as the components offered are better suited to your application.


Thanks for your comments. clearing about node.js helped me. I will using asp.net MVC 5. to clear things my application would be used in browser and mobile equally. So If I use jQuery mobile then will I lose on browser experience?
RobOwner (Aidellio)
Most Valuable Expert 2015
If I use jQuery mobile then will I lose on browser experience?

JQuery mobile's site quotes:
jQuery Mobile is a HTML5-based user interface system designed to make responsive web sites and apps that are accessible on all smartphone, tablet and desktop devices.
so it is designed for all size screens