For most laymen, including executives, managers, and human resources recruiters, most of the programming languages in use today seem remarkably similar–they use indistinguishable terminology, follow the same basic programming rules, and create products that look remarkably similar to an outsider. However, each of these programming languages represents a radically different approach to computer engineering and require a very specific, often non-transferable skill set, in order to master a particular language.
Front-end Frameworks: React
Language Flavor: ES6
ES6 is the best ES version to use because it is safe and secure. In addition, ES6 can be used with a wide range of desktop browsers, from cutting edge browser released this year, all the way to legacy browsers that are often unsupported by other technologies, just by using a babel compiler to convert ES6 code to the older ES5 version. Another major benefit of ES6 is the ability to use class keywords, meaning that developers no longer have to rely on prototype inheritance to create a class. Lastly, ES6’s Arrow Functions are already loved by programmers since they provide developers with a new way to declare functions, making the assigning of data much easier.
Task Runner: Gulp
Task runners might just be the unsung heroes for developers. They quietly operate in the background, automating a variety of development tasks, like compiling code and concatenating files, that would otherwise soak up a great deal of time for the development team. While these task runners can be excellent tools to reduce development workload and help engineers concentrate on the most important tasks, choosing the wrong task runner can leave a team saddled with nonstop build script tweaks and troubleshooting.
Although Gulp is one of the most recently released task runners in the industry, it is quickly gaining followers and is predicted to overtake the number one task runner, Grunt, sometime within the next several years. Its code-centric approach is radically different from Grunt: Gulp focuses on code over configuration because code is more flexible than a huge array of configuration files. While Gulp requires users to be familiar with NOde.js streaming and API, it is faster than Grunt and easier to use once the system is mastered.