React Vs. Vue
There is no right answer to this question. The answer to this question depends on your business needs and use-cases. Both React and Vue are powerful contenders with their own set of pros and cons.
Both Vue and React have a lot in common like the component based architecture, usage of virtual DOM, usage of props, chrome Dev tools for debugging and many more. But both of them won’t exist if there are no significant differences.
Let’s explore React vs. Vue against several factors.
React is backed by Facebook and was open sourced by Facebook in 2013. Facebook has a dedicated team of engineers who are working on React and making React better everyday. Since Facebook is heavily invested in React, many internal Facebook products are coded in React. With Facebook’s heavy involvement in React, the library has gained a lot of trust and popularity over the years.
Vue is not backed by any big corporation like React. Although Vue is not backed by big names, it has gained a huge popularity in the open source community. It is fairly new compared to React and is backed by a group of open source contributors.
Code Style And Learning Curve
For a typical web developer, initially JSX could be bit of a learning curve. Although, JSX is a different approach, it is very similar to HTML and a developer should be able to grasp it with some practice.
React also treats everything as a component, and each component has its own component lifecycle. React has lifecycle methods, that handle these components. You can learn more about React lifecycle methods from my blog post.
It does allow JSX, if that is your preferred code style.
Vue also has component lifycycles, but they are simple and much more intuitive than React. Vue also is a younger framework, so it made sure it took the best of React and addressed some of the problems with React.
The React documentation is getting better off-late and the React core team is taking an effort to make the documentation better. But if you were to compare documentation of React vs. Vue today, the clear winner is Vue.
Vue is smaller than React. React is considered quite small when compared to Angular and other frameworks, but Vue happens to be smaller.
Mobile – Native Rendering
Vue does not have anything in the open source space today as an equivalent solution to React Native. So Vue developers cannot leverage their knowledge to make native mobile apps using Vue today.
Although there is no solution that is available to use today, Vue does have a collaboration with Weex, which is a cross-platform UI framework from the famous Alibaba group. This uses Vue and could be a potential counterpart to React Native in the future.
React is not an opinionated library. This could be good and bad depending on your perspective. I personally like that React offers a lot of flexibility and developers can choose their path.
For instance, React does not offer routing options, instead we can go with a third party solution for routing. React router which is a popular routing option is not a part of the official React library. Advanced state management can also be done with third party library support. You could use Redux, MobX or any other library for state management. This shows that React is flexible with the way you want to route your application, manage state etc.
But to a new developer this maybe a bit overwhelming since they have to shop for options instead of getting these out of the box. Experienced developers love this flexibility since they can leverage multiple options that are out there.
Vue is also a flexible framework. But, Vue is more opinionated than React. Unlike React, Vue offers Vuex for state management, Vue Router for routing, Vue Server-Side Renderer for server-side rendering all as a part of the official VueJs GitHub page. The Vue.js framework by itself comes bare-bones just like React, but they have all the add on items on their official page as their pick.
Again, this could be good for a new developer who wouldn’t need to spend time shopping around for options.
In my opinion I like the flexibility offered by React over Vue.
Since, React has been around for a while now and is used in several businesses all around the world, it leads to better job prospects.
We probably cannot come to a quick conclusion about Vue based on the jobs available today. Vue is still young and upcoming, and few years down the lane there maybe a demand for Vue developers. But as of today there are plenty of React jobs when compared to Vue jobs in the market.
Picking React vs. Vue, totally depends on your business use-cases. If you are looking to build complex applications, with support and potential to hire more front end developers with experience React maybe a good choice. But if you are looking to build something very simple, easy with a fast turnaround time, you could go for Vue with the support of templates which are easy to learn and code.
If you are potentially going to code a mobile version of your website with code sharing, you should consider React since the code can be shared between React and React Native, and there is no counterpart for that in Vue.
If you are a beginner to React, and want to master it, I highly recommend taking Mosh’s course on Mastering React.
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