Which one should you use? What you should take into consideration when making your choice? Let’s dive deeper to better understand them.
This post is intended to help you understand some of the pros and cons between both libraries. The information here can be valuable if you are a Project Leader, Developer, CTO or even just a curious person.
Let’s quickly go over a little history about both React and Vue.
React is also well known because its usage across different platforms: Learn once write anywhere. Essentially, you can write and even share the very same code for a Web App and a Mobile App. It’s fascinating!
Comparing React and Vue
To make a better comparison between both, let’s use some criterias:
- Who is already using the library?
- How long has it been used in production?
- Learning Curve
- How easy is it to get started?
- How fast does the page render?
- What tools are available that can make the experience easier?
- What resources are available when I need help ?
- Hiring Talents
- How hard is it to hire experienced developers to use them?
Downloads Graph on NPM ‒ https://www.npmtrends.com/react-vs-vue ‒ April 4, 2019
Terms Search Graph ‒ https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=Vue,React ‒ April 4, 2019
It’s been used by large companies like:
- Facebook (its creator)
- New York Times
Vue is also used by big companies:
React is really flexible and you can either use it with ES5 or ES6. From version 16.8.0 it’s also up to you to choose between using its component with a simple Function or with a Class. Using React with JSX also makes it easier to understand how the template engine works because it looks like a simple HTML.
This library is one-way data binding and that requires a different approach to update the state and to pass properties up and down. Anyways, you can use the third-party library MobX which is backed by React’s team to use a two-way data binding feature.
Vue was designed to be lightweight and easy-to-use. You can write your logic code, stylesheet and template elements in a single file. However the flexibility of Vue is a double-edged sword because it allows poor code, making it difficult to debug and test.
The two-way data binding approach in Vue makes it really easy to update the app state.
A great thing about Vue is that it’s a framework with official libraries with features like State Management and Router for easy usage.
React supports SSR right out of the box
React 16.2.0 + React DOM sizes (uncompressed / with gzip): 97.5K / 31.8K
Similarly to React, Vue is also made up with Virtual DOM and has support for three-shaking and SSR but overall it’s a little bit smaller and faster than React. Take a look at these benchmarks scenarios:
Vue 2.4.2 sizes (uncompressed / with gzip): 58.8K / 20.9K
React has a third-party CLI tool create-react-app which helps you from development to production by scaffolding the project files through building the project’s files. It also makes the runnability of tests easier.
Vue also has great support for most of the IDEs but not as good as React. Vue has an official web dev tools unlike React.
React is created and maintained by Facebook and has a much larger community integration than Vue.
React also has a lot of third-party plugins and extensions that you don’t need to be concerned about building on your own which probably will make you focus on your application business rules.
The community uses websites like StackOverflow to pose questions and to help each other. There’s a lot of paid and free content out there teaching how to use React on websites like YouTube or Udemy.
Vue is mainly maintained by the community but also has great third-party extensions and plugins but not as much as React does.
Vue has great official packages. Take a look at the official Vue’s packages:
https://github.com/vuejs/vue ‒ April 4, 2019
Vue also has good content for tutorials and guides but again, not as many as available on React.
Since the React worldwide usage is greater than Vue’s, there are more experienced developers and also more available job openings.
Vue is newer than React and its adoption is lesser as well and makes it harder to find experienced talents and job openings.
Both libraries have a lot in common and they can do similar things with different aims. Having the similarities between both is helpful when considering which library or framework to use. I hope that by now you have a better understanding about their features and feel comfortable to choose the best one for your application.
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