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React vs. Angular vs. Vue.js: Framework Comparison

Written by WSI Digital
― 20 August 2019

Starting with the right stack when developing an app or a web service is important. The rest of the development process depends on the stack you use from the beginning. Switching stacks or frameworks in the middle of the development process isn’t always easy, which is why choosing the right stack is a crucial step.

Unfortunately, choosing between the existing frameworks isn’t always easy. You have multiple aspects to consider, including your skill level, the architecture of the project, and the objectives you are trying to achieve with the development project itself. To help you complete this step, we are going to take a closer look at the popular frameworks currently available: React, Angular, and Vue.js.

Popularity and Developers Community

All of the frameworks mentioned earlier are very popular, with React taking the top spot until very recently. In recent years, React has gained a lot of traction thanks to its flexibility and immense support. That title now belongs to Vue.js with its current popularity.

Popularity is important for one particular reason: you can expect better support from a large community of developers when working with popular frameworks. That said, all three frameworks have relatively large communities of developers.

There are also plenty of discussions on specific subjects related to these three frameworks. All frameworks have their own channels on popular sites like Reddit and Stack Overflow, which means you can always turn to other developers should you run into issues with your project.

Commercial Support

It is worth noting that React is a product of Facebook. Angular, on the other hand, is backed by Google. While both frameworks are available as an open-source framework – with MIT license – you still have to take the commercial support of these tech giants into consideration.

Vue.js, on the other hand, is purely open-source. The framework was developed by a group of developers for communities of developers. Despite its open-source roots, Vue.js has an equally active set of repositories with updates and improvements coming at a fast pace.

Some developers argue that commercial support is a bad thing for open-source software and frameworks. That’s not necessarily true. In fact, stacks like React and Angular are also updated by employees of Facebook and Google, which makes them more robust in general.

Scalability

Next, you have to think about updates and upgrades. Updates of Angular as a framework come in a six-month period. While most updates are not going to ruin your code, some major iterations may alter the way commands are run.

React, on the other hand, focuses more on stability. Major updates happen less frequently but there are still plenty of bug fixes and small updates being pushed to Git on a regular basis. Since React is also used by bigger services like Airbnb, you can expect better stability in general.

Vue.js handles scalability differently. When Vue.js 2 was released, a migration helper was released alongside it. The tool makes moving to Vue 2 a lot easier. On top of that, the developers behind Vue remain committed to keeping up to 90% of the API intact.

Size and Performance

When it comes to size and performance, the three frameworks are separated by only a small margin. Vue’s libraries are 80 KB in size, with React’s being 100 KB. Angular is noticeably bigger, but you get more for that increased size.

It is also worth noting that both Vue and React incorporate UI components directly, while Angular treats UI as a separate set of components. The contrast is apparent when you compare code written in React and Angular.

So, which stack is best for your development project? The answer depends on what you are developing and the goals you want to achieve. The comparison we discussed in this article will help you make the right decision and get your project off the ground in no time.

 

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