Developing an isomorphic application from scratch without relying on a framework requires significant effort. Fortunately, there’s a wide selection of solid frameworks that fast track the process, some of which are open-source.
One of the most widely used frameworks today is called React. Facebook is the company that developed React, which could prove to be beneficial. Because Facebook is used by so many people across the world, the framework receives new versions regularly.
React is a component-driven framework that makes isomorphic application construction a simple process. However, one thing to keep in mind with React is that it isn’t solely used to construct applications that are isomorphic.
Another advantage is React has an open-source license. The typical method by which React renders HTML is by utilizing custom HTML tags.
Famous framework user: The React framework powers Netflix’s isomorphic application, which is used for their system.
It is also highly useful for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes since Derby allows clients and servers to synchronize model data in real time.
Unfortunately, the Derby community isn’t large compared to other frameworks. Therefore, it may be challenging for a beginner to obtain examples or assistance if they become stuck during development.
When developing isomorphic applications, Meteor is another popular framework to use. This framework is only isomorphic, which is how it differentiates itself from the React framework. Fortunately, Meteor is an open-source framework, just like React, and the two can be used together. Meteor can be used for a project, while React renders the views.
Velocity is the official testing framework for Meteor. By incorporating Jasmine or Mocha syntax, Velocity enables instantaneous unit testing. When new code is saved, tests are immediately executed, with the results displayed as a green or red dot in the top right corner of the app.