React.JS and Vue.JS. Designing a front-end infrastructure requires a lot of thinking, discussions, decisions, plans, management, and performances. One of the first decisions we have to make is choosing a front-end framework to redesign our high-regard products.

In this article, Save On Dev has compared two remarkable frameworks, React.JS and Vue.JS, under the following criteria:

Learning curve

React.JS

The official documents provide a couple of well-written Getting Started tutorials and give clear beginner instructions. This framework’s core principles can be comprehended several hours since the developers already have experience with this framework.

The documents are detailed but not as clear and organized as the official documentation for Vue.JS. The documents include necessary happy threads and then some more, but the frame’s edges are still missing in the document. These edges can convert into pain points as the project gets bigger.

It isn’t a complete framework. It relies on the core and framework’s elements that should be sought as a third-party package. This adds some complexity to the learning curve as it differs based on the choices you make with the frame along the way.

Vue.JS

Vue.JS’s library can be downloaded as a resource of HTML. Thanks to it, an entire library can be used without a built-in step in several minutes. This reflects the library’s general hidden level and allows for instant Vue.JS applications to be written.

Since Vue.JS shares some of React.JS and Angular definitions, developers can have a learning curve easier with Vue.JS. Also, Vue.JS’s official documents are written better, and it covers everything a developer would stumble upon while developing a Vue.JS application.

Vue.JS’s definition is stricter than React.JS, which means it gets more comments. In Vue.JS, many questions are answered directly in the document. There is no need to search too much elsewhere.

Code Style

React.JS

React.JS has introduced various functional programming-based definitions that help ease the process of developing UI-first applications. The most remarkable thing is JSX. It’s a way of writing HTML in JavaScript code. JSX is a complement to React.JS is a powerful promoter of Functional Programming, and to that extent, it makes excellent sense.

Its component lifecycle provides a visual way to connect to specific events in a component’s life cycle (creation, update, etc.).

Vue.JS

As a younger framework than React.JS and Angular, Vue.JS has taken the best the better out of each language, combining functional programming and OO.

By default, the Vue.JS encoding style is similar in some areas to Angular but removes most of Angular’s weaknesses. Vue.JS separates HTML, JS, and CSS, just like web developers have been using for years, but it also lets us use JSX if you like that style. So it doesn’t force your code style changes.

VueJS can use the component lifecycle more straightforward and more intuitive than React.JS. Overall, the Vue.JS API is broader but simpler than React.JS.

Performance

React.JS

Library size (network/uncompressed): 32.5KB/101.2KB

Comparing DOM manipulation, React.JS’s overall margin performance is excellent. It’s much faster than Angular but a bit slower than Vue.JS.

It provides support for Solid-state relay (SSR) and may be helpful in several types of implementations.

Integrated support for bundling and shaking trees minimize end-user resource burden.

Vue.JS

Library size (network/uncompressed): 31KB/84.4KB

Besides being the fastest of the team, Vue.JS is also a progressive framework built from scratch to be applied gradually. The core library focuses only on the view class and is easy to select and integrate with other libraries or existing projects.

Like React.JS, Vue.JS has built-in support for bundling and shaking the tree to minimize the end user’s resource burden.

Flexibility

React.JS

It focuses on UI, so the essential you get is its support for building user-oriented components.

It doesn’t offer as part of the official library more advanced features like state management. Most React.JS apps are using Redux for state management. Currently, MobX also gets traction as a React.JS companion.

React.JS router is not an official package but a third-party package supported by the team.

Vue.JS

As a progressive framework, Vue.JS only allows using its most essential features to build an app. Still, if needed, it also provides almost anything you need apart from Vuex for home management water, Vue Router for application URL management, Vue Server- Side renderer for server-side rendering.

Vue.JS is more interested than React.JS for the weaknesses and strengths.

Tools

React.JS

It has a third-party CLI engine called a reactive app that helps stage new applications and components in the project.

The CLI tool also supports the ability to run terminal and unit tests, code testing, and local development servers.

Has great official and community support for major IDEs.

Vue.JS

Vue.JS has an official CLI tool called Vue.JS CLI. Very similar to the reactive application, the Vue.JS CLI tool provides for new applications.

Vue.JS also has good support for all critical IDEs (not as good as React.JS, but WebStorm and VSCode both have).

Mobile application support

React.JS

Has a port for building native mobile apps, it’s called React.JS Native, and it’s the current leader of single-written (in JavaScript) text, using multiple solutions (in iOS and Android stock) at present.

There are tons of apps produced using React.JS Native.

Vue.JS

For Vue.JS, there’s more than one option for building Mobile Native apps. Unlike React Native, though, there’s no clear leader in the Vue-Mobile-Native space.

NativeScript is the top tool among these options (and it’s also an ultimate solution for Angular btw) and Junx and Quasar.

Communication

React.JS

In StackOverflow, there are almost 88,000 questions tagged with # React.JSjs

There are over 40,000 npm packages available to install for developers.

More than 40% of respondents voted they are comfortable using React.JS in the latest front-end tool surveys.

In GitHub, the React.JS repo has almost 100,000 stars.

The React.JS community makes a lot more sense but has the downside of being more fragmented than Vue.JS and harder to find blunt answers to common problems.

Vue.JS

In StackOverflow, there are 18,000 questions tagged with # Vue.JS.JS

For Vue.JS, there are almost 10,000 npm packages available for installation.

In the latest surveys, 17% of respondents voted they are comfortable using Vue.JS. In fact, twice as many developers are interested in learning Vue.JS than React.JS. So the market for Vue.JS developers is likely to grow faster than React.JS in the future.

Repo Vue.JS in GitHub just surpassed React.JS and reached over 100,000 stars.

Thanks to its excellent documents, most of the answers to problems in Vue.JS development can be found in the document immediately, but the community responses are more relevant.

Maturation

React.JS

Was released in March 2013.

Is very well tested on production than Vue.JS React.JS has built up a vast community that makes sense for an owner like Facebook.

Vue.JS

Vue.JS was released in February 2014.

Vue.JS became a standard about a year and a half ago. It is widely used today, also in some of the larger companies like GitLab, Alibaba, Yahoo, and more. Vue.JS proved to be stable both when running and updated.

Recruitment

React.JS

Has advantages if you’re in the market for developers as the most popular framework.

Also, developers get an immediate valuable stream into their CV, as they’ll gain practical experience with a popular framework called React.JS.

Vue.JS

Vue.JS is the new Viking hotspot in the front-end industry. Of course, the hype has some downsides, but Vue.JS has been achieving steady traction over a long time, and the developers are eager to get a Vue.JS project as part of FOMO. Nowadays, it’s common to find developers with some experience with Vue.JS.

 

General advantages

React.JS

  • Industry standards.
  • Take a look at the Feds with the most popular framework out there.
  • Renting is more accessible than the strong Feds.
  • A safer and more stable future, based on an unchanging past and a solid backing company.
  • Community is more important, lots of tools and packages.
  • Web and mobile applications can share some codes.

Vue.JS

  • Vue.JS core modules (Vue.JS.JSx, Router, etc.) are integrated and perform wonderfully.
  • Choose the next and not the present.
  • Become unique; lead the pack, and don’t follow it.
  • The acceleration stage is much faster. Both the Fed and the BED will feel natural in Vue code.
  • Promoting better Full-Stack culture; allows cross-product development.

General disadvantages

React.JS

  • Keep the divide between the Feds and the BEDs; React.JS takes a lot of learning to become an expert.
  • It will take more time to train developers.
  • Deliver slower (at least for initial heavy lifting).

Vue.JS

  • Enter a more experimental land, not adventurous, but edgy.
  • More difficult to find experienced Vue.JS developers.
  • Fewer plugins and available tools with a smaller community.
  • Not React.JS, developers have no experience with today’s most popular framework.
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