The State of Frontend at Zalando 2016
Keep reading below to see an overview of our results.
Similar to the community, we also have a high interest in learning TypeScript and Elm, which some of our developers have dabbled with already. If you’ve encountered the Zalando 404 page, you would have noticed the Elm Street 404 game, put together in merely five days by one of our teams.
Frameworks and Libraries
When it comes to using frameworks and libraries, React is definitely our library of choice. 77.3% of survey respondents stated that they’ve used React and would use it again, with a further 18.2% interested in learning. All of our frontend teams looking after the Fashion Store work exclusively with React for their projects.
Our survey also shows that Angular 1 is officially dead at Zalando. Over 50% of respondents stated that they had used it before and wouldn’t use it again. With new frameworks and libraries like React and Angular 2 on the rise, this reaction was somewhat expected.
Future Gazing for Frontend
The purpose of this survey was to collect insight into what kind of technologies and frameworks our teams are using, ensuring transparency and sharing knowledge. We have the autonomy to choose, so it can be hard to track what teams are using and experimenting with.
What we can now do with these results is match people who have experience with a particular technology or framework to those who have questions. We can also start planning for activities in terms of trainings and further development for those interested in learning.
It’s fascinating to see what our engineers are working with in a fast developing area like frontend. We need to stay on top of the game and make smart decisions when it comes to choosing which frameworks and technologies we explore – we can only do that by sharing knowledge.
If you’re interested in more information from these results, come and find me on Twitter at @frontendherodk and let’s chat.