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Often businesses aim to build a website simply to better promote their brand. But if your next project involves developing a web app that will be the crux of your business plan, then your desires are a bit more ambitious. 

Using JavaScript for any web development project is a given. But deciding which JavaScript framework will best complement your expectations for your business’s software development process proves to be a bit more difficult. 

That said, for those who are ambitious, there is one framework that claims to meet the demands of a user-intensive web application: Ember.js. 

What Is Ember.js?

Ember.js is an open-source JavaScript web framework. In order to run efficient single-page applications (SPAs), Ember.js operates in the browser where it can respond to user interaction without refreshing the page. 

The Ember command-line interface (CLI) comes equipped with a standard application structure and build pipeline with pluggable architecture and more than 3500 addons right out-of-the-box. 

Dubbed the ‘framework for ambitious web developers’, Ember.js seeks to provide a wholesale solution for single-page, client-side applications. 

This is in turn for alternative JavaScript frameworks that revolve around the view in the model-view-controller (MVC) software architecture with the intention that developers build from there. While Ember.js was originally released with the MVC pattern, components have since become central to its makeup. 

MVC is the typical design pattern for user interfaces where the model, view, and controller are three interconnected elements. This design separates the business logic from the presentation layer. 

The user first interacts with the view or user interface. This interaction prompts the view to notify the controller of the event. The controller then updates the model which quite literally models the user’s subsequent view. 

More specifically, after the controller updates the model, the model alerts the view that it has changed. Then the view must grab the data from the model and present the user with a new view. 

In Ember.js, components effectively replace the view and most controllers. Some describe Ember.js as utilizing a component-service pattern for this reason. Components allow markup text and styles to be reusable. 

Three major services of Ember.js are routes, models, and controllers. The route tells the template which model it should display combining the responsibilities of the view and controller. 

What Is an Ember.js Developer?

Ember.js developers are web developers at their core. Every professional web developer is familiar with the basic web technologies related to web development – JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. 

These languages enable developers to build user interfaces (UIs) with dynamic and interactive content. Ember.js is a framework based in JavaScript to aid developers in this mission. 

Although Ember.js is generally used as a framework for web development, it is possible to build desktop and mobile applications using Ember.js as well. This means that Ember.js developers can be mobile app developers or computer programmers. 

Single-page applications are designed to look and feel like native mobile apps. In this case, many Ember.js web developers share attributes with mobile app developers. 

Why Use Ember.js?

Ember.js is a framework for building single-page applications (SPAs). The defining difference between SPAs and standard applications is that SPAs rely on a one-page interface. 

Most of the business logic is written on the client-side using JavaScript and executed in the browser. Any CSS, JavaScript, or HTML is loaded only once at startup or dynamically retrieved when necessary. 

The benefit of this is little to no page loading waits. Some popular examples of Ember.js apps that have achieved such an effect are Twitch, Vine, and Apple Music.

Apart from the basics, developers likely choose Ember.js for what some might call a no-frills approach. This takes form via two strong programming principles – Conventions over Configuration (CoC) and Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY). 

CoC is a design paradigm that purports to ease development by alleviating the decision-making process for developers. Instead of leaving the developer to write configuration files, frameworks that use the CoC paradigm auto-configure applications for developers using common conventions. Developers can customize configurations thereafter as needed. 

Ember.js takes use of CoC ultimately reducing time spent in development for developers. This explains the many out-of-the-box features that can be obtained via the Ember.js CLI generator. 

DRY is another useful coding principle with the objective of mitigating redundancy. Components are one of the ways in which Ember.js accomplishes this. 

Advantages of Using Ember.js

Ember.js doesn’t call itself ambitious for no reason. The framework empowers the developers to program web applications in a unique but ultimately more convenient way. Here are some advantages of Ember.js. 

Stable 

Stability without stagnation is one of the integral mantras of Ember.js. Essentially this means that while Ember.js developers favor continuous development over time Ember.js is always made to be backward-compatible with every new iteration of its release. 

Dedicated

On that same note, Ember.js releases a new, stable edition every six weeks. Though perhaps excessive, this level of dedication gets the point across. Ember.js is constantly improving and committed to serving its consumer base. 

Community-Driven

With over 800 contributors to its name on GitHub, Ember.js is well-maintained and supported by a wholly invested community. Developers can also use the discussion forum for Ember.js and its Discord page to ask and answer questions. 

For networking, developers will find various meetings and conferences in nearly 70 countries. EmberFest in Europe and EmberConf in the United States stands out among the crowd. 

Powerful 

A mere ‘ember-new’ plugged into the Ember.js command line will give you an entire application to work with. Plus, Ember CLI gives developers access to an ever-increasing number of powerful add-ons. 

Broccoli.js is a particularly memorable addon specializing in file-based transformations. This includes the likes of concatenating, transpiling, and minifying, and much much more. 

Productive

Ember.js is opinionated. For frameworks, this means that Ember.js has strict guidelines pertaining to how things should get done. DRY and CoC are two examples of this as well as Ember CLI. The result is easier and faster development. 

Web Apps That Use Ember.js

  • LinkedIn
  • Square
  • TED
  • Netflix
  • Microsoft
  • Blue Apron

Reasons to Hire an Ember.js Developer

Many have called Ember.js complicated. This is mostly because it strays from the traditional MVC pattern. But this might be a fair trade considering everything else Ember.js has to offer. 

A single line of code in Ember CLI gets you a well-rounded application that needs only a bit of internal work. Luckily, several thousand addons will be more than helpful for that task. 

Not to mention, Ember Observer can rank your dependencies so you can get a fresh glimpse of what’s been well-maintained and what’s better known as dead. 

Ember.js also has coding best practices built into its core so you can do less worrying and more developing. 

In short, there are many reasons to use Ember.js. And in the same vein, there are many reasons to hire an Ember.js developer to use Ember.js to the best of its abilities. 

Hire an Ember.js Developer

To be frank, Ember.js is not as popular as other JavaScript frameworks for web development such as AngularJS or React. This means that it will be harder to find experienced developers. 

That said, it might be worth it. Isn’t that what ambitious means after all? The apps in this framework’s repertoire aren’t exactly outdated or indie. Imagine how your business would fare after creating the next Apple Music. 

If you feel like finding qualified Ember.js developers will be too much of a burden you’ve come to the right place. But if you want to stray away from outsourcing there are still some tips here that could help you. 

How do you hire an Ember.js developer?

For those who wish to take the high road and hire Ember.js developers on your own, we’re here to help. 

Hiring a developer on your own is a very focused and hands-on process that requires considerable knowledge about software development in general.

The last thing you want to do is trust your hiring process to someone with no technical ability. If you are a non-technical manager looking to learn a thing or two, we have a great resource here for you to learn more about the hiring process in detail

Otherwise, we’d recommend you contact Trio for consulting and developer allocation.

What should you look for in an Ember.js developer?

At a high-level Ember.js developers should demonstrate the following skills:

  • Capable of developing complex front-end web applications
  • Several years of web development experience
  • Proficiency with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
  • Prior professional background using Ember.js (or can show a portfolio of Ember.js applications)

How much do developers cost in the U.S.?

The average annual salary of an Ember.js developer in the United States is $105,514. Overall, Ember.js developer salaries range from $32,000 to $169,500. 

How much do developers cost in South America? 

Due to economic differences between the United States and South America as a whole, the cost of offshoring software development is significantly lower than hiring full-time with U.S talent. For Senior Ember.js Developers in South America, the average salary is currently around $100,000 whereas a mid-level developer costs around $76,000. 

How much do developers cost in Ukraine / Eastern Europe?

Eastern Europe shares very similar rates to South America, again due to the economic differences. When looking at salaries in Eastern Europe, data shows that a Senior Ember.js Developer costs around $100,000 on average. 

Hourly Rates for Developers

Another way to look at developer costs is through hourly rates. While salaries are good to understand for hiring developers for full-time and long-term, you might just need a developer for a period of 3-6 months or 6-12 months. In these types of situations, it’s best to calculate your costs based on the hourly rates of a developer. 

Below is a table that lists the various hourly rates of developers in different locations based on their job title. 

Why Hire an Ember.js Developer?

Trio Ember.js developers are pre-vetted, interviewed, and then trained further to become true software professionals, capable of adapting to situations that are both within and outside of the scope of their general expertise. 

At Trio, we hold our developers to a higher standard. Much like how elite special forces units recruit only the best from main branches of the military, we recruit developers who either show amazing potential or demonstrate exceptional skill. We then take their talents and sharpen them even further.

Another benefit of hiring a Trio developer is that you won’t incur the costs of hiring, which can add up to be around 30% of a developer’s salary on average, as well as overhead costs associated with full-time employment.

By working with Trio, you can enjoy a highly experienced full-time developer for a fraction of the cost, along with the added project management assistance. 

To learn more, tell us about your project and we’ll get you started.

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As JavaScript is for the most part a scripting language for front-end web development, all JavaScript-based frameworks are for front-end development.

Yes. In fact, Ember.js is better suited for large and complex web applications. Smaller applications can be handled well in lighter frameworks.

Ember.js still uses controllers but they are optional in later releases.

Of course. Like many open-source frameworks today, Ember.js is free to use and modify. An invested community is responsible for many of the powerful addons of the framework.

In Ember.js, a service is an object that lives for the duration of the application and can be made available in different parts of the application. Route is an example of a service.

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