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JavaScript frameworks, libraries and even jQuery plugins are astonishingly useful tools for any web designer or web developer to be familiar with, they can add some powerful functionality to your site or even sprucing up your web design, resulting in a better experience for users. And all of us know how important that is! So shout out to the designers and developers who produced all these tools to help others do their best work.

While there is an endless number of resources out there, these JavaScript libraries, frameworks and jQuery are sure to take your site to the next level.

1. Ember

Ember is a JavaScript front-end framework designed to help you build websites with rich and sophisticated user interactions. It does so by providing developers both with many features that are essential to manage complexity in modern web apps, as well as an integrated development toolkit that enables rapid iteration.

2. Angular

Angular is a platform that makes it easy to build applications with the web. Angular combines declarative templates, dependency injection, end to end tooling, and integrated best practices to solve development challenges. Angular empowers developers to build applications that live on the web, mobile, or the desktop

3. Vue.js

Vue is a progressive framework for building user interfaces. Unlike other monolithic frameworks, Vue is designed from the ground up to be incrementally adoptable. The core library is focused on the view layer only and is easy to pick up and integrate with other libraries or existing projects.

Vue is also perfectly capable of powering sophisticated Single-Page Applications when used in combination with modern tooling and supporting libraries.

4. Bideo.js

Full-screen videos make for excellent site backgrounds, and that’s precisely what Bideo.js is for, this JavaScript library makes it super easy to add a video background that looks good on every screen size and scales super smoothly.

5. Parsley

Parsley is a JavaScript form validation library. It helps provide users with feedback on their form submission before sending it to the server. It saves bandwidth, server load and it saves time for your users. Javascript form validation is not necessary, and if used, it does not replace strong backend server validation.

6. ReactJS

React makes it painless to create interactive UIs. Design simple views for each state in your application, and React will efficiently update and render just the right components when your data changes.

Since component logic is written in JavaScript instead of templates, you can easily pass rich data through your app and keep state out of the DOM. React can also render on the server using Node and power mobile apps using React Native.

7. Shave

Shave is a zero dependency javascript plugin that truncates multi-line text to fit within an html element based on a set max-height. It then stores the diff of the original text string in a hidden <span> element following the visible text. This means the original text remains intact!

8. Meteor

Meteor is a full-stack JavaScript platform for developing modern web and mobile applications. Meteor includes a key set of technologies for building connected-client reactive applications, a build tool, and a curated set of packages from the Node.js and general JavaScript community.

9. Moon.js

Moon is a minimal, blazing fast library for building user interfaces. It combines the positive aspects of popular libraries into one small package. It’s super lightweight and includes advanced optimisations to ensure fast render times. The API is small and intuitive while remaining powerful. Moon is compatible with IE9+.

10. Modaal

It’s hard to find a plugin with the right mix of quality, flexibility and accessibility. The developers of Modaal thought it would be interesting to develop something that would work in a variety of projects, furthering the cause for an accessible web.

11. Datedropper

The smallest and powerful jQuery UI datepicker

12. Micron.js

Micron.JS is a micro-interaction library which can be used to add Interactions to different DOM Elements. Micron.JS animates an element using CSS power, and JavaScript controls the interactive behaviours. Micron.JS is easy to adapt and can bring interactions to life using html5 data attributes or a chain of JavaScript methods.

13. DraggableJS

Draggable is a modular drag & drop library, allowing you to start small and build up with the features you need. At its most basic, Draggable gives you drag & drop functionality, fast DOM reordering, accessible markup, and a bundle of events to grab on to.

14. LuminJS

A JavaScript library to progressively highlight any text on a page, this library is great for when you want users to pay attention to some important text. It can also be used to show the progress of a task − Read something while tasks are being completed.

15. Emergence.js

Emergence.js is a lightweight, high-performance JS plugin for detecting and manipulating elements in the browser.


15 JavaScript libraries, frameworks and jQuery plugins to check out