React, Vue, Angular — which is the meanest

In this article, we will talk about Javascript. Every day, JavaScript is becoming more and more widely used. Modern JS is also adapted for applications designed for processing large amounts of data because of its wide variety of tools and ability to write clear and concise code. We have so many options for Javascript frameworks and libraries.

React, VUE, Angular logo’s

Deciding on a framework

We will look at

  1. Job Market.
  2. Learning Curve, which is of course very important for staffing.
  3. Performance.

Angular

All these tools you’ll need for very large applications ship as part of angular, developed by the angular core team, so you don’t need to rely on third-party vendors. If you want to turn your application into a progressive web app, well there is an official package for that. It has all the packages of the core features you might want to add to your application. This, of course, gives a developer a lot of power to add such features easily.

Typescript in Angular

That’s why it is more suitable for single-page applications rather than microservices. Angular uses two-way data binding that enables singular behavior for the app which minimizes risks of possible errors. If you don’t know about Two-way data binding, it refers to the mechanism where UI fields are bound to model dynamically. When UI elements change, model data is being changed accordingly. On the other hand, one-way data flow means only the model can change the app’s state.

Ionic for mobile

React

Though the updates to React are pretty easy and they’re rarely very, very rarely are risky and if there are, you have plenty of time to adjust. It’s extremely popular and used by many large companies like Facebook that developed and maintains React, Netflix, New York Times, Dropbox, and many other large companies.

React Known as the JavaScript library for building user interfaces and also follows a component-driven approach. Because React is a library, It means it focuses on one or very few things. It’s not a complete suite of tools if we compare it to angular. The component matters to more important things though. Components are basically reusable UI elements. React uses JSX, It is basically HTML in JavaScript, but not entirely HTML. For example, you can’t use Class when we assign a CSS class, It’s a ClassName instead.

Mixing HTML with Javascript

There are people who love this approach and overall it’s just how React works. As already mentioned, react is Library and it is not a complete suite of tools. For example, you need to add routing and that is not included in react. Instead, there is a pretty popular library React Router. It’s the same for state management, there is Redex for us.

But these packages are not from the react core team. These are developed and maintained by the react community. So, you have to rely on third-party vendors, and for some packages, you have additional things to learn. That is something you might or might not like.

Micro apps, microservices & Native

You can also build mobile apps with the help of React-Native. React native is very popular and very good in performance as compared to Ionic.

VUE

It is also extremely popular amongst developers. But unfortunately, very few large companies use Vue. Though it’s slowly picking up and it’s getting adopted by more and more companies. Xiaomi, Alibaba, EuroNews, Gitlab using Vue. Vue is a complete framework like angular though a bit reduced, and has fewer features than angular, and also follows a component-driven approach. In Vue, you also got routing and state management provided by the core Vue team.

Of course, that makes moving towards larger applications may be a bit easier since you can rely on these packages always being available since developed by the core Vue team. You can rely on Vue getting updated and these third-party packages immediately being updated too. So that’s pretty cool to have. It has fewer packages than angular does have, for example, Vue has no official form validation library.

Community packages

Because it looks very nice, clean and well structured. Similar to React, Vue provides flexibility to select the important things for the app, So it offers more flexibility for developing micro apps and microservices.

Vue uses both two-way and one-way data binding. One-way data binding is Default. Vue is all primarily used for web apps, you can also build mobile apps with the help of Native script. Native script supports both Angular and Vue. So these were the key characteristics.

Let’s have a look at popularity.

Comparison op popularity of React, Vue & Angular on 3th of August 2021
Comparison op popularity of React, Vue & Angular on 3th of August 2021

Now that is not the only measure, to be honest, but it gives us some indication that React seems to be getting used a bit more. Now Vue, even less, although this is rising.

Still is highly liked in developer circles, if you look at Github stars. On Github you can see, Angular has 59 thousand plus stars, React has 172 thousand plus stars and Vue has 186 thousand plus. Vue is super popular, but regarding usage and NPM downloads, it is a week but rapidly rising. Next, let us look at the job market. Popularity and the job market kinda go hand in hand. If we see these NPM downloads it indicates that React has more job offers and then Angular and Vue have very fewer job offers.

Job offers

In the United States React jobs are a lot and in China Vue Jobs are a lot. And I love to hear which framework is popular in your area. Please tell us in the comment section. Let’s have a look at the learning curve. This is I think very important If you want to start learning any one of these three.

The learning curve

You have to learn TypeScript first, It’s not hard though. Some of the Angular features like dependency injection are pretty cool but also a bit more complex so you have to invest a bit more to learn these. So There is definitely a steep learning curve for Angular. Although React is considered much easier to learn compared to Angular, and more difficult than Vue. In particular, to create applications on React you will need experience with JSX.

Learning JSX is easy, It is basically HTML in javascript. Vue is pretty easy to learn. It uses pure Javascript. And coding in Vue feels very clean and well structured. Companies switch to Vue because it is extremely easy to introduce new developers to a Vue project. It can be used for medium to Large scale web applications. I think this is the main reason it is very popular in developer circles.

Definitely bigger than React or Vue. Now, let’s take a look at the summary, so far we have compared. All three frameworks and libraries are great. You can build the same type of apps with all of them. There is no better or worse one.

They followed different philosophies and approaches as mentioned. I can only encourage you to at least briefly dive into each of them. And get an idea of how to code looks and then dive into one deeper or, if you have the time, learn two of them in a more focused way. What is your opinion on these three, we would love to discuss this with you in a call?

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