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Front-end Technologies to Create Awesome User Experience

Craft an Amazing-looking Website

HTML5 - It is a markup language used for describing contents and appearance of web pages. It is fifth and latest version of HTML.

  • Provides great graphics and visual images by using canvas elements.
  • Display videos on web pages without third party plugins.
  • Local storage to accommodate large amount of information.
  • Supports offline mode website.
  • It can provide geographical location of website users.
  • Helps in SEO through semantic enrichment

JavaScript - Script language and Object oriented programming language are used to create interactive features within web browsers.

  • No need to install any flash plugin.
  • Can be used on client side as well as on server side.
  • Functional programming language.
  • Object oriented language.

jQuery UI - It is a curated set of user interface interactions, effects, widgets and themes built on top of jQuery Javascript Library.

  • Its process for designing is open for the community.
  • It makes customization very easy with flexible stylings and themes.
  • All widgets are designed so as to provide elegant visual and interaction design.
  • The jQuery UI API is very simple and intuitive.
  • Widgets make it possible to interact with websites even if the browser does not support javascript.
  • Widgets are even accessible to JS capable users who have disabilities like blindness or deafness.

Ajax - It is Asynchronous Javascript and XML used for creating interactive web applications that processes user request immediately.

  • Independent of server technology.
  • Makes webpage faster.
  • No need to reload the complete website by pushing submit buttons.
  • Sends only important information on the webpage to the server to develop faster and more interactive web applications.

jQuery - Fast, small and feature rich javascript library which makes manipulation, event handling, animations and ajax much simpler.

  • Helps using ajax technology.
  • Built-in animation effects.
  • Cross browser support.
  • Very lightweight library.
  • Capture variety of events like user clicking on a link.
  • Extensibility through plugins.
  • Effects and animations.
  • JSON parsing.
  • Encourages separation of JS and HTML.

CSS - Cascading Style Sheet is a style sheet language which adds value to presentation of a document by adding fonts, color, background images, height, width, lines, margins and many more.

  • Creats animations using transition declaration and @keyframe rule.
  • Clean layouts and good stylesheets by using advanced selectors.
  • Use less HTML by using pseudo elements.
  • Smooth transition between colors using gradients.
  • Embed beautiful fonts by simply including a stylesheet.
  • Build responsive websites with the help of media queries.

Semantic UI - The technology to make the web more intelligent and intuitive about how to serve user’s needs.

  • Enables web page data to be understood by computers by extending web documents to data.
  • Aggregates large amount of data.
  • Understands relationships between pieces of contents.
  • Organises data by building vocabularies (OWL) and knowledge organisation system (SKOS).
  • Its query language SPARQL goes hand in hand with databases.

UI Kit - It is most often used framework to develop iOS applications. It is equivalent of Application Kit framework for OS X development.

  • Open source framework to make the web look good.
  • Used to write well-structured and extendable codes with the help of LESS and SASS.
  • Contains simple to use and customize HTML, CSS and JS components.
  • Provides great experience for mobiles and tablets using its mobile first approach.

Material Design - A UI kit developed by google that acts as a design language.

  • Uses grid-based layouts, transitions, animations, padding and depth effects.
  • It acts as a visual language which involves principles of good design.
  • It develops a single underlying system which provides a unified experience across all platforms and device sizes.
  • It is a three dimensional environment containing light, material and cast shadows.

Bootstrap - It is free and open source front end web framework for designing responsive websites and applications.

  • Speeds up development process because of readymade blocks of code, cross-browser functionality and CSS-Less functionality.
  • Creates mobile ready websites easily using ready made classes.
  • Pairs designers with developers.
  • Customizable i.e developers have choice to download custom version of bootstrap by selecting the features they want.
  • It can be simply integrated with other platforms and frameworks on existing sites.

Vue.js - It is a JavaScript library for building interactive web interfaces.

  • Very simple in terms of API and design.
  • Very flexible to structure an APP the way one wants.
  • Provides benefits of reactive data binding and composable view components with an simple API.
  • Builds large “Single page applications” using various tools and applications.

Angular JS - It is an open source web application framework for dynamic web pages.

  • Hides most of the code of web application using two way data binding.
  • Application is easier to develop using dependency injection subsystem.
  • Helps to create custom widgets and decorate elements using directives.
  • Makes testing of applications very easy.
  • Follows Model-View-Controller architecture.
  • Creates well-defined and organised structure using modules.
  • Modifies data before presenting it to users using filters.

React JS - An open source javascript library to provide a clear view of data in form of HTML.

  • Gets easily adopted with ease and convenience.
  • Free and open source.
  • Expands a function’s behaviour by simply wrapping it in another function by using decorators.
  • Server side communication.
  • Easily manage data across the whole application through FLUX library.
  • Allows one to save keystrokes and load a subset of required module through destructive assignments.

Phonegap - Software development framework used to develop mobile applications.

  • Open source and free.
  • Allows user to develop apps using standard web APIs in all major mobile OS.
  • Involves HTML, CSS and Javascript.
  • Apps are future-proofed to work with browsers as they evolve.
  • Allows to create app for each of the platform that one choose using a single code base.

Ionic - It is a free and open source SDK for mobile app development.

  • It provides effective tools and libraries of HTML5, CSS and JS components.
  • It provides great speed on all latest mobile devices by including practices like virtual DOM rendering, hardware accelerated transition and touch-optimized gestures.
  • It is built on top of AngularJS and Apache Cordova.
  • It is clean, simple and beautifully designed on all mobile devices and platform.
  • It allows to share the app with anyone without uploading it on playstore.
  • It provides hundreds of quality templates, add-ons and themes.



Hope this list would help you construct a website with a wonderful UI. Which tools and technologies do you use often to jazz up user interface and create a lasting experience for users? Do share your favorites in comments below. We would love to know and explore those.

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