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Angular, React or a Chance for Vue.js?

There's finally a new version of Vue.js available for use. It has been released on Rever and the developers we've talked to seem very satisfied with the changes implemented in this version.

For over half a year, the web client was utilizing Angular 2, in particular, Angular 2 beta 9. This solution was never able to satisfy developers in many ways, for example, in terms of UI/UX, architecture, and the mere fact of having to use Angular beta.

We'll mention, just in case, that Angular 2 beta 9 and Angular 2.0 are not the same things. There was a long period of upgrades and bug fixes that separated Beta 9 and 2.0.0. And just as the developers rushed to upgrade to the Angular 2.0, there was a change to Angular 4.0, which brought yet another amount of challenges and required resources.

The most troublesome issue of using Angular 2 was TypeScript. Angular 2 also comes with JavaScript, but this combination is not as good as you'd like it to be. Besides, if you've chosen TypeScript in the first place for your project and used it throughout the development process, the desire to switch to JavaScript will mean rewriting the code from scratch.

Using TypeScript negatively influences the speed of coding, and other things could be sped up if the project used JavaScript. Therefore, we advise learning more about TypeScript before you start working with it since it might not be the best choice for what you wanted to do.

Angular 1, the previous version, was much more pleasant to deal with, although it had some weak spots too. 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 apparent 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.

Is React an option?

The first thing that came to mind was, indeed, React. It is widely used, and some famous clients rest on that. Nevertheless, React is not 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 of 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, compactness, 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 requirements mentioned above and to explore the distance that could be passed while doing it using React and Vue.js. As a result, it was rather apparent 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 because in case of React it was necessary to deal only with one of its two versions Redux and MobX. Besides, the 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 the 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. A significant bonus is the availability of those documents in English that helps to code faster.

Outside perspective

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

Nevertheless, despite the 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 app, 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 significant. 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. Indeed, 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.

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 projects, public and thus, plenty of data became available for further development.

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 a significant amount of useful data on the topic.

To sum up, Vue.js meets most of the requirements mentioned above and can be announced a winner in this competition. Not as many developers use Vue.js as React, but it can be easily neglected as the client base of Vue.js is also serious, including Laravel and Alibaba.

There is only one way to discover a full range of advantages proposed by Vue.js, 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 terrible choice; it still has a robust portfolio of projects and clients, but it can’t be the only reason to go with React.

Vue.js is gradually winning more positions as the most useful 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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