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Why It’s Better to Use Vue.js than Angular and React in 2018

Did Evan You know in 2013 that he would become the creator of one of the most popular frameworks in the world, which is continuously compared with such giants as Angular and React.js?

People Number in the Team Github Statistics Best of.js Statistics
  • Angular - 36
  • React - no page
  • Vue.js - 16
  • Angular - more than 25 000 stars and 463 contributors
  • React — more than 70 000 stars and 1000 contributors
  • Vue.js - almost 60 000 stars and only 120 contributors
  • Angular 2 - received around 31 stars a day
  • React — 74 stars
  • Vue — 107 stars!

Nowadays, various companies and developers implement Vue.js because they see the future in this JavaScript framework. This is due to its ability to encapsulate the essence of Angular and the best of React, thus leaving them behind.

In this article, K&C team member Andrew Khomakha will tell you the reasons to appreciate Vue.js and the reasons to think twice before using it.

What Is Vue.js

Vue.js is one of the fastest-evolving JS frameworks. It is described as an intuitive, fast, integrable MVVM for creating interactive interfaces. Since its launch, the framework has been quite successful. Despite being written by just one person, Vue.js has found the way to the hearts of developers, having leapfrogged over such acknowledged leaders as Angular and React. As far back as 2016, the second version was released, and now websites such as Alibaba, Baidu, Xpedia, Nintendo, and Gitlab have adopted Vue.js.

What’s the Difference Between Vue.js, Angular, and React?

The main question I hear is “Why Vue, rather than React?.” This issue is crucial because most developers choose between Angular and React and regard Vue.js as a fallback plan.

So, why Vue?

If we look at the characteristics of Angular and React, we will find the answer.

Angular is a very ‘totalitarian’ framework that dictates its ways of writing code. You can’t just step right or step left and hope that everything will work further. Undesignated actions may lead to a whole mess in the code.

In React, we can see another approach. There is a basis which helps the developer to undertake further actions. Thus, you get more freedom in coding. There is a good deal of opportunities that React offers. For a render-function, you may use Flux or Redux as well. However, it takes a lot of the developer’s time to assemble the project.

For sure, React is more flexible compared to Angular, but their shared problem is that they are both  time-consuming. And time-saving capabilities is where Vue.js excels.

Vue.js is similar to React, but it saves time because it offers great templates, shadow-dom, responsiveness, and smooth parent to child communication. Moreover, Vue single file components are most approximate to Custom Web Components specified in W3C Web Components. Vue complies with this specification and provides handy and thoroughly documented solutions which flawlessly integrate with other components.Like other frameworks focused on SPAs (single-page applications), Vue.js also focused on resolving the main problem of all SPAs (single-page applications) - SEO - due to SSR.

Vue.js vs. Angular

As I have previously mentioned, Angular is a strict framework. It has clear-cut rules which must be followed. By no means is it terrible; it’s just the way the framework exists. And with this, Angular has managed to develop numerous sound solutions, which can be quickly realized if you know how.

And here, we come across the first problem, namely, a painful learning curve. One has to know a lot to start writing using Angular. In its turn, Vue.js is a straightforward framework, whose learning curve is so simple that you can start writing code immediately.

Another option is to talk to the K&C team, who can take the responsibility over your project and minimize any operational risks.

All in all, Vue.js and Angular are very similar. And developers benefit from that. If someone who can write code with Angular wants to use Vue, they will have no difficulty with switching from Angular to Vue because both have similar template languages (e.g., Angular - ngIf; Vue.js - v-if).

Example of Angular.js template syntax:

<label>Click me: <input type="checkbox" ng-model="checked"/></label>
Show when checked:
<span ng-if="checked" class="animate-if">
  This is removed when the checkbox is unchecked.

Example of Angular 2+ template syntax:

  <img src="{{heroImageUrl}}">
<div *ngFor="let hero of heroes"><span ngIf="hero.show">{{hero.name}}</div>

Example of Vue.js template syntax:

<p>Using v-html directive: <span v-html="rawHtml"></span></p>
<img :src="imgLink">
<div v-bind:class="[{ active: isActive }, errorClass]"></div>
<h1 v-if="someVariable">Yes</h1>
<h1 v-else>No</h1>
<span v-for="hero in heroes">{{hero}}</span>

Vue.js vs. React

Here the situation is similar to Angular. Vue.js allows us to write code just like React does. The most significant advantage of Vue is its built-in mechanism for working with templates that function without any additional settings.

Another thing that distinguishes Vue from other frameworks is its ‘liberality.’ If you want, you can choose not to use Vue templates. And if your love for React still outweighs the convenience of Vue, then you can write render functions as in React. However, a major disadvantage is that different parts of the project can be written in distinguishing styles. I’ll explain further why this is a problem..

In this way, Vue.js incorporates the best from the two aforementioned frameworks: from React - flexibility, from Angular - instruments. The bottomline: Vue.js is a perfect way to ‘give up’ Angular and React.

The React’s community did just that when it got to know the issue with React’s license. As an open license is a very sensitive issue for the majority of developers, they left React. Even though React's team posted a satisfactory explanation on Facebook that React.js, Jest, Flow and Immutable.js remained in the MIT license after all, the community was already frightened and many still had concerns about the future of the frameworks that are supervised by large companies. Thus, a great deal of React’s users migrated to Vue, finding its learning curve quite simple.

That's Wonderful (pros)

Learning curve

Vue.js enables a smooth switch from Angular and React to Vue. One of the K&C’s projects used the ideology of Flux, but the templates from Angular. We appointed one of our employees to slice, knowing that he wouldn’t need to be familiar with logic or learn something new to work with Vue.js templates. He just started slicing. To my mind, Vue.js has the easiest learning curve.

Light migration

Vue.js is a perfect decision if you want to migrate and rewrite a project at a lower cost. Based on my experience, I can say with confidence that it’s much easier to rewrite the project from Angular 1 to Vue.js than to Angular 2+. The same is true with React, considering that it’s possible to continue using old logic implemented on Redux and Flux on the migrated project. Also, Vue.js appears to be quite flexible when engrafted onto a legacy project because there is no need to make it entirely; only rendering is supposed to be implemented.

Single-file components as a separate approach

In the glittering future of JavaScript and frontend development, single-file components are expected to become a distinct development approach. This is evident in Google's  realization of the Polymer Project. We can see similar dramatic progress at the organization W3C. Today, Vue.js tries to create the same things, but through its own means. This suggests that, in the future, the developers knowing Vue.js will be at an advantage because they will be already familiar with single-file components.

Core development

As noted earlier, Angular and React are supported and used by large companies such as Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Google. Vue.js, in its turn, is developed by a group of individuals whose work is maintained through Patreon and other funding means. Whether this model is right or not, decide for yourself. Matthias Götzke believes that the fact that Vue.js is developed by a small team works in the framework’s favor. This leads to a lean and not over-engineered code.

Sensitive community

The framework Vue.js boasts that the people responsible for Vue.js development and maintenance are incredibly responsive and helpful. For example, if you work with Angular, months can pass before they deal with a problem. In this regard, Vue.js support starts addressing a problem by the following morning, and in around a week can create a ready solution.

That Confuses (cons)

Deadly flexibility

Because Vue is an extremely flexible framework, a developer can write code using whatever form that the developer needs. However, if there is agreement among developers, it can end up with a code whose parts are written quite differently. Later, the code becomes hard to read and maintain.

Another issue is directly connected with code writing. There are no strict rules, only recommendations. For example, once during my experience with Vue.js, we didn’t want to write according to the standards given. And Vue enabled us to realize our personal vision without following any recommendations! However, such behavior can turn out to be very ‘toxic’ and lead to irreversible consequences in the end.

Two different ways to render the same result:

 render: function (createElement) {
   return createElement(
     'h' + this.level,   // tag name
     this.$slots.default // array of children
 <script type="text/x-template" id="anchored-heading-template">
 <h1 v-if="level === 1">
 <h2 v-else-if="level === 2">

Too good to learn

Developers prefer simplicity, so that’s why they choose Vue.js. They hope to find a panacea to all the problems in the world of IT. And that blinds them. I understand that. It’s incredible to know that I only need to spare 5 minutes to launch a project using one of the previously written generators, so everything starts functioning immediately.

But this can lead to the fact that some developers can start writing code without understanding certain components, like Webpack, at all. And if this component is needed to make changes, these developers cannot do anything and will have to waste additional time.

Support for old browsers

Because of the crazy competitiveness, Vue.js may not be able to provide proper support for old browsers. That is, it can turn out to be unsuitable for technologically conservative clients, who want to maintain old mobile devices or browsers.

Why and When Vue.js Should be Used?

Being a Vue enthusiast that has tried Angular 1, 2, as well as React, I can argue that Vue suits all projects, starting from the simplest and ending with really big ones, from big desktop projects to little messengers of all types. Vue is one of the fastest frameworks in regard to rendering and development speed. As for me, today, Vue is the ideal solution when writing projects of any kind.

However, we can use primary distinguishing factors that come across more often when using Vue.js.

-Small or middle-sized projects

-Fast project realization

-Perspectives of migration or any changes

-Very limited time to read the documentation.

The K&C’s Experience

When I was originally assigned to the project, I had to rewrite from Angular 1 to Angular 2. At first, it was dreadfully laborious and time-consuming.

Later, when I was already familiar with Vue.js, I got the chance to implement these changes easier. The project’s requirements were rather stringent: we had to write down an Amazon-like application within two months. The decision to use Vue.js turned to be somewhat beneficial. The front-end team even managed to outrun our colleagues who worked with backend. In the end, we got the client since the K&C team was the only one among other competitors who could complete the project in such a strict deadline.

In my life, Vue.js has become a bolt from the blue. I felt as though I was looking forever for something that would give me a competitive advantage and freedom in the world of development. I have found it in Vue.js. Even after two months of using it, this framework continues to impress me, I'm noticing more and more strengths.

What’s the Future Like for All These?

It is difficult to predict the future for Vue.js right now because a year ago, very few people knew about it in general. As for me, the framework Vue.js is the most optimal choice for a business. The reason is that the quality of results is proven by developers like me, but not paid out in the course of another campaign. I would have thought that not every buzzword in the IT world is the reason to implement it, but Vue.js goes above and beyond.

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