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  • June 6, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

A Poll of Modern Frontened Web Developer’s Preferred Tools

A Poll of Modern Frontend Web Developer’s Preferred Tools

Recently a Senior Web UI Engineer by the name of published a wonderful blog post detailing the results of a survey he conferred with various Web Developers. The results were meant to measure which tools, languages, libraries, and dev resources are currently the most popular among coders in 2015.

Some results feel more than obvious while others are rather surprising. Here’s a rundown of the data charts for each question on the survey. If you want to read more details please visit original blog post.


Modern CSS preprocessors save a lot of time on more than just one or two tasks. Interestingly we all can expect either Sass or LESS to make it onto this list. But the results show a few other interesting points as well.


The next question wasn’t geared towards the popularity of tools, but rather the number of developers who were familiar with the idea of post-processing. The most popular choices are Post CSS and Rework CSS, both of which were the limiting options in this survey.

Task Runners

These tools follow automation to the max. You can write scripts or apply pre-built scripts to a wide variety of files to achieve results like minification, merging, and simplification of redundant elements.

Java Script Frameworks

The fourth question deals with JavaScript frameworks, and more specifically developer’s current knowledge base of dev frameworks. I’m not surprised to see jQuery so high up on the list. I am a little surprised to see script is “heard of”, but very rarely used.

Java Script Frameworks (Most Used)

Similar question but more about usage. This graph depicts the most popular JavaScript libraries & frameworks that frontend developers use on the vast majority of their projects. Yet again jQuery leads the way, but Angular is a close second which I’m very happy about.

Java Script Module Bundlers

It seems very few devs have even heard of these bundler’s, let along use them in their workflow.

A bundler is meant to save time by combining all modules together into a single file. This can also work with something like ES6 or variants of JavaScript like CoffeeScript.

Interestingly enough, frontend developers on average do not use module bundlers at all in their workflow. I’m curious to see if this trend might change over the next 5-10 years.

Java Script Testing

Another less-popular chore among frontend developers is testing. This can be accomplished through a variety of frameworks that work on page dynamics/DOM elements, as well as asynchronous results like Ajax requests. Again it seems very few developers have latched onto custom testing but maybe this will catch as the years pass by.

Misc Frontend Tools

Lastly we come to a general question about miscellaneous tools for developers. This isn’t just about usage, but also considers if developers have even heard of these tools. The results are quick interesting and overall I find this quiz to paint a magnificent picture of the microcosm of frontend development.

I’d again like to thank for granting permission for us to republish his findings here on Web Design Ledger. I’ve only glossed over many of these topics presenting the raw results of survey. But if you’re interested to read more please check out his wonderful post covering many facets of the surveying process itself.

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