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Angular, React or chance for Vue.js?

More than half of the year the web client was utilizing Angular 2, in particular, Angular 2 beta 9. And this solution was never able to make developer contented in many ways, for example concerning UX/UI, architecture and specifically Angular 2.

First of all, it is necessary to mention that Angular 2 beta 9 and Angular 2.0 are not the same things which exactly brought troubles to the developer. Between beta 9 and 2.0.0 version, a long range of upgrades should be carried out. When the attempt to perform all those upgrades was taken, too many things failed on the way which made the whole process unsound. At the same time as soon as the developer was rushing to reach 2.0.0, the transfer from Angular 2 to Angular 4 was done that lead to the necessity to carry out another upgrade which in turn was a huge loss of efforts and resources.

The most troublesome issue of utilizing Angular 2 was Typescript. Although Angular 2 can come with Javascript too, this combination is not as good as you’d like it to be. Besides, if you have already chosen Typescript in the first place and used it throughout the whole process, the desire to shift into Javascript will definitely mean full rewriting the code.

As the matter of fact, it was discovered that using Typescript negatively influenced the speed of coding which decreased. Some other stuff, which doesn’t require much time and efforts to do using Javascript, became harder with Typescript. Thus, it is advised to learn about Typescript more before starting working with it as it may not be your best choice for what you are going to do.

To tell the truth, Angular 1, the previous version, was much more pleasant to deal with, although it had some weak spots too. Still, Angular 2 has lost even those good things, which were found in Angular 1, so these days there is almost nothing in common between these two versions but their names.

When it was summarized what was done and how many troubles were solved when coding using Angular 2, the list of disadvantages became too long. Thus, it became obvious that before starting working with Angular 2, it would be much better to study all other opportunities first. After all, the reassessment of such possibilities has been performed.

If React was an option

The first thing that came to mind was, indeed, React. In fact, it is widely used and some famous clients rest on that. Nevertheless, React is not actually a framework, so it needs to be supplemented with some more stuff.

Vue.js is a way-out

Vue.js was a new thing on the playground and there is so few information about it. Still, any different possibilities were researched, so the developer paid attention to Vue.js too, although, it looked perilous to use it.

Decision-making course

Before making a decision the developer listed the requirements and expectations from the future framework. The list included the following issues among all: steadiness, popularity among the customers, sufficient data or questions on StackOverflow, simple while study, Bootstrap compatibility, compact, possibility to reuse the code, coding speed growth, receptiveness, completeness.

The second stage of making a choice was to rewrite some sections of the project based on the above-mentioned requirements and to explore the distance that could be passed while doing it using React and Vue.js. As a result, it was rather obvious that Vue.js has provided with much more benefits than with React. It brought lots of insights about the principles of Vue.js working and it also became a serious argument to choose it, in particular, due to the increased coding speed and simplicity of coding itself.

React looked more complicated in use than Vue.js also due to the fact that in case of React it was necessary to deal only with one of its two versions Redux and MobX. Besides, receptiveness of Vue.js seemed to be better, although it may be rather a personal perception.

Code reuse was also a determinant factor as it was impossible with JSX but partly possible with Vue.js.

Coding velocity

The velocity of coding is the field where Vue.js is a clear leader that was proven by experienced developers who were able to deliver some results to the project within hours.

Any developer who used to practice coding with Angular 1 can explore how similar and easy Vue.js is as long as styles and Javascript sections are almost same. The set of Vue.js features is simple and after perceiving them this is almost all you need to know to code.

Documented data

Surprisingly, Vue.js provides with impeccably sufficient and clear documentation which includes guiding materials, manuals, templates and so on. An important bonus is the availability of those documents in English that makes preparation for coding faster.

Outside perspective

Asking someone else about Vue.js may result in almost zero useful respond which shows how rare this framework is used yet these days. Clearly, according to the number of response about React and Angular 2 these two frameworks are more widespread.

Nevertheless, despite rareness of using Vue.js some highly qualified experts can be found. Indeed, numbers of such coders are not so big, however, it could be the stimulus to work harder in this field.

Mobile applications

During the process of comparing Vue.js and React in some moment, when reflecting about the opportunity of migration into the mobile application, React Native may look more appropriate as in this field Vue.js couldn’t offer something relatively steady. Nevertheless, this advantage shouldn’t be the determinative factor to prefer React over Vue.js as the amount of code, that needs to be transferred into mobile, can be not so big, thus this plus can be considered to be insignificant.

Authorization

React’s fame has been recently clouded by Facebook’s decision to shift from the React license to BSD+Patents as a defensive step. Certainly, it can’t be a determinative cause to abandon React in favor of Vue.js but still, it is a bit unpleasant sign and if it’s easier to bypass it, then it’s better to do it.

As a matter of fact, dependence on Facebook’s dedication to React could be rather a burden than an opportunity, thus it is more convenient to rely on the independent authorities within the project based on public software resources. Some software giants such as IBM and Twitter can be positive examples in this story which made the software sources, developed for their own projects, public and thus, plenty of data became available for further developing.

Summary

Opting for Vue.js is confirmed by some independent researchers, for example, The state if Javascript can be one of them. Although it is not a full-fledged research paper, it contains the significant amount of useful data on the topic.

To sum up, Vue.js meets most of the above-mentioned requirements and can be announced a winner in this competition. Obviously, Vue.js is not utilized by some many famous clients as React does but it can be easily neglected as the client base of Vue.js is also serious including Laravel and Alibaba.

In order to discover a full range of advantages, proposed by Vue.js, there is only one way which is practical coding attempts as long as this framework is rather rare and less widespread than React. Indeed, nothing can prove that React is a totally bad choice, it still has the powerful portfolio of projects and clients but, definitely, it can’t be the only reason to go with React.

Vue.js is gradually winning more positions as the most convenient framework not least because of its simplicity which can be discovered in every segment of its system, for example, in the documentation, coding process, and many other things. If you still doubt whether to choose Vue.js, we recommend to dive into coding with it in the first place and to experience its advantages practically.

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