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Anybody (still) using Sencha/ExtJS these days?

 
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I've run into some folks converting some ancient legacy applications into Sencha/ExtJS, having evaluated (and rejected) some of the more popular JS frameworks of the moment. Now, I am talking pretty big enterprise-level applications, so maybe some size/domain stuff is going on. But they seem pretty happy with it.

I did some searching here (and elsewhere) and have seen a lot of negative opinions. Wonder if something's going on in the ExtJS universe to cause a resurgence in popularity, or whether, yet again, I've fallen in with another fringe crowd.

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I specifically know of no one who does not think that ExtJS was pretty crappy when it was en vogue and who does not think it's a mastodon caught in the tar pits at this point.

Sencha I have not much experience with, but certainly don't hear any buzz around it these days.

Odd choices for 2016. I predict a refactor in 2017.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Odd choices for 2016. I predict a refactor in 2017.



Heh. That's what I was thinking too.
 
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P.S. By "Sencha" I assumed the product Sencha Touch versus the company Sencha who owns ExtJS (and Touch).
 
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Understood. I've heard people use them all interchangeably. At some point I had things even more jumbled and thought it was all wrapped in with JavaScriptMVC/can.js/done.js, but apparently not!

For grins:

https://hackernoon.com/how-it-feels-to-learn-javascript-in-2016-d3a717dd577f#.cwae6adxw
 
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Michael Matola wrote:For grins:


Because it's all true!
 
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I know a big bank in New York that adopted SenchaJS as it's platform for front end development. They are building using SenchaJS at an enterprise scale. Unfortunately, I cannot say the name of the bank.

I believe the reason why they adopted Sencha is because it has a huge library of components, and it allows the components to be extended easily. Angular, OTH, has a huge library of components in the extended open source ecosystem, and enterprises tend to be nervous about that. Also, extending components in Angular is a bit hokey. AFAIK, you can create components in Angular by using directives, but it's rather limited in extending directives. You can wrap a directive in another directive, but you can't truly override behavior in an OOP sense. Sencha, OTH, is designed to override behavior in the components. Take this last part with a grain of salt, because I'm still learning angular, and would love to be corrected.

IMO, SenchaJS is to Javascript what Spring is to Java. Highly componentized, highly extensible, hard to master. It fits in nicely with the mentality of "enterprise architecture". Angular. OTH, is rather quick to start and build apps with. It fits more into mentality of microservices. The reason you don;t hear about SenchaJS is because it doesn't fit in with the cool kids.
 
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