October 25, 2020
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Vue.js Development v Angular v React: The Big Three

The development of Vue.js, React, and Angular has been considered by developers to be the three best front-end frameworks this year.

These three have gained substantial popularity in the community which is causing a huge debate. In turn, this has directly affected the popularity of the JavaScripts that are involved in their development.

In this article, we will dive into all three of these frameworks and compare them based on how they perform. By the end of the article, we will decide which one is best suited for you. So, read through as we take a look into these three frameworks.

The Facebook Framework: React.js Development

In 2013, Facebook decided to create its own front-end framework and start the development of ReactJS. It is to personally create their own applications. This is to provide them more flexibility and make their website and their application faster. This resulted in the creation of React. Since then, companies such as Twitter, Netflix, and Uber have leaned towards it as their choice.

This sudden growth in its community only means that more people have grown accustomed to the problems that it once posed to a point where they might have already come up with solutions.

Others lean to the development provided by ReactJS because of the many extensions and third-party libraries that aid developers in designing their website.  In fact, it has been deemed to be the best framework to use when creating modern single-page application because of the many advantages that it gives developers such as:

  • Its learning curve is not very steep – mainly because of its simple design, complete documentation, and its use of an HTML-like syntax
  • It results in faster speeds
  • With the help of its highly acclaimed rendering support, content-oriented applications become a breeze to develop
  • Less unexpected side effects
  • Smoothly transitions between its various versions
  • Skills learned can be applied to Native development

It is for such reasons that the development of ReactJS has garnered the attention of world-renowned companies, and has made it their front-end framework of choice. However, that does not mean it doesn’t have disadvantages such as:

  • A vague framework to use causing confusion in the direction of a website’s design
  • Causing a strong divide among those who prefer to use the traditional style sheets and those who are using CSS-in-JS
  • Choosing to avoid the use of class-based components
  • Confusing as it mixes patterns and logic

The Google Framework: Angular Development

This front-end framework is the oldest of the three since it has existed since 2010 when Google developed it. Although back then, it was under the guise of Angular.js until its second version came out in 2016. Only then did it drop the .js suffix and went simply by the name Angular. This is to avoid any confusion between the two versions.

Developers believe that because of its use of the Model-View-ViewModel framework of JavaScript, this front-end solution is best suited for interactive web application due to the following:

  • Has exceptional support – this is a result of running TypeScript
  • It conveniently completes HTML component templates automatically
  • Regularly updated with new features
  • Easily retrievable information without the need for help
  • The occurrence of errors are minimized because of one-data binding
  • Simultaneous work can be done on the same section using the same data set
  • It depends only on modules and modularity
  • Highly scalable structure and architecture

If there are disadvantages that warrant attention for Angular, these would be the following:

  • Complicated the project due to its variety
  • Its framework may be slow

The Independent Framework: Vue.js Development

Vue.js development is the only front-end framework without the support of a huge company such as Facebook or Google. In 2014, one former employee of Google came up with the idea, and despite not having the support, it has gained a huge following over the years. Each one is enthusiastic about its potential.

The enthusiasm stems from the framework becoming the ideal option for highly adaptable and single-page applications because of the following:

  • It is HTML reinforced which helps optimize HTML blocks
  • Easily learned
  • Highly adaptable due to its similarities to Angular and React
  • Small in size but maintains high speeds and flexibility

Unfortunately, the only negative about the development of Vue.js is the fact that knowledge about it is sparse because it is still in its infancy. Not many know its nature yet which makes it difficult to come up with solutions to a problem, even by a developer.

Conclusion: Which between the development of Vue.js, React.js, and Angular is the best

Every front-end framework has its pros and cons because of their base nature. Fortunately, neither of the three are stagnant. All three undergo constant updates to offer solutions to problems. Because of this, there is no way of determining which framework is better than the others. It is a case-to-case basis, and which one you end up using depends on what your development needs are.

It is good advice, however, that if ever you are still confused as to which framework to use, approach the professionals for guidance. They can provide insight to help you determine which front-end framework is best suited to your application’s goals. Check out our guide to MEAN Stack Development.

Pilar Coriat

Project Manager

Pilar has an array of skills with a proven ability to foster change through developing innovative plans.

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