Thom Nichols


Technology is evolution outside the gene pool

Browser MVC frameworks in a couple images

In deciding which client side MVC framework to choose, it's enlightening to look at the Github stats for the main contenders:  Angular, Ember and Backbone/ Marionette.  My main goal was to try to ascertain community momentum & relative maturity of these solutions.



By looking at the above, Ember also has some pretty good velocity and set of core contributors.

Backbone & Marionette

For Backbone, I needed to include Marionette as well since I assume most people are not using just Backbone.



As people love to point out, these metrics don't conclusively indicate anything.  However if you ask me, it seems like Backbone is losing momentum while Ember & Angular are going strong.  It seems Backbone has reached maturity (at least in the eyes of the maintainers) and isn't getting lots of new contribution.  Now I don't think Backbone is going anywhere but if I were to choose something that I want to be using two years from now, I think Ember and Angular have a much better chance of still being relevant.

That said, the awesome folks at &yet; just released ampersand.js along with a companion book.  Ampersand looks like a great "reboot" of backbone and my initial impression is that it corrects a lot of the things I felt were annoying with backbone.

All of the stats can be found here:

Category: Javascript