AngularJs vs React vs Knockout vs Backbone vs Ember

By | June 28, 2016

Angularjs Vs Backbone Vs Knockout
Choosing the right framework for your projects is a daunting task and can affect the completion of the project in stipulated time period. Five widely used frameworks- AngularJS, ReactJs, Knockout, Backbone and Ember give an option along with putting your knowledge to test to make a smart choice. With technology changing so fast, this is possible if you know about all technologies and their advantages over one another.
Without going deep into history let’s see what these frameworks are.


AngularJSAngular, as it is known, is an open source Web Application Framework. With the intricacies of development and testing in mind it focuses on simplification using a framework for client-side Model-View-Controller and Model-View-ViewModel architecture. The additional custom tag attributes embedded html pages are read fast by the AngularJS along with interpreting the attributes as directive to bind input and output parts of a page to a model represented by specific JavaScript variables.

Angular 5 is out now. We can use Angular 5 to develop applications that are cross platform with maximum speed and performance. More on Angular 5 here.


React can be referred to as an open-source, Facebook sponsored Interface development framework with key edge as amazing rendering performance.ReactJs Features


BackboneJSBased upon Model-View-Presenter architecture Backbone.js is a java script library. With only one hard dependency Backbone is lightweight and suitable for Single Page Applications(SPA) and synchronization of different parts.


KnockoutJsWith underlying principles of clear data separation between domain data, display data and view data, incorporating Model-View-ViewModel architecture, knockout is standalone JavaScript library.


Ember is referred to as an open-source for creating client-side web applications that uses MVC(Model-View-Controller). Ember provides universal data binding together and provides a URL driven approach for structuring different applications with the at most focus and keenness on scalability.ember features
To have a better understanding let’s have a look at comparative study of five:

AngularJS Features:

  • It is used for tool based extension of HTML vocabulary.
  • It is useful for data driven applications.
  • It is very FAST.
  • It has no dependencies.
  • It supports data binding fully and uses standard JSON property.
  • It makes the routing very simple.
  • Uses html and pulls templates via AJAX automatically when needed.
  • Its test support is amazing and has great test runner developed.
  • Data binding from server can be achieved with angular $http or $resources.
  • The third party integration is not possible.
  • Tools for development are available.
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ReactJs Features:

  • Simple and easy to learn API. It’s easier to design interface using React.js.
  • Performance is the key factor for choosing React.js for any project.
  • React creates a new virtual DOM with the most recent data and efficiently compares it against the previous version, creating a minimal list of changes that need to be made to the real DOM to bring it in sync.
  • Server-side rendering.
  • Easy to import components although having very little dependencies.
  • React implements a uni-directional flow of data.

Backbone Features:

  • It serves as a model with key value binding, custom events and collections for connecting the existing API over a RESTful JSON interface.
  • It is useful for heavy DOM manipulation.
  • It speed is average.
  • It is dependent on underscore js and jquery.
  • It cannot support data binding.
  • It makes the routing easy.
  • It is very straight forward and simple and is easy on jquery and DOM.
  • There is no test facility but third party solutions can be used.
  • Jquery and $.Ajax can be used to power Backbone easily.
  • Third party integration is easy.
  • Development tools for backbone are not available.

Knockout Features:

  • It provides the simplification of Java script user interface by applying Model-View-ViewModel scheme.
  • It is useful for data driven applications but not for heavy DOM applications.
  • It is very FAST.
  • It has no dependencies.
  • It requires plugin for data binding.
  • It does not support routing but it can be made possible with third party library.
  • It uses html and supports native and string templates.
  • It has no debugging tools but the third party solutions can be used.
  • It uses Jquery Ajax for data binding from servers.
  • Third party integration is easy in Knockout.
  • Development tools for Knockout are available.

Ember Features:

  • Convention over configuration.
  • Ember.js provides a client side rendering but also provides structure to scalable web applications beyond the view layer.
  • URL-Support.
  • Ember’s object model works to facilitate Key-Value Observation.
  • Nested UIs
  • Minimizes DOM

This comprehensive study of the different technologies might come handy to help you make the right choice for your project.