Vue.js vs React: Which is Best?
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Vue.js vs React: Which is Best?

There was a time that Javascript libraries and frameworks weren’t as popular as they are today. Currently, there are many libraries and we look to choose the best option when possible. Two of the popular and widely used javascript libraries are React and Vue. Lately, both are increasingly being used by more and more people around the world.

Which one should you use? What you should take into consideration when making your choice? Let’s dive deeper to better understand them.


Overview

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

React is a Javascript library used by many developers worldwide and was released in May, 2013 by Facebook. It’s an open-source project and is maintained by its online community and Facebook. One of the biggest impacts that React made when it was launched was its template engine: JSX, it’s a component-based library.

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!

Vue

Vue is a Javascript framework that was created on February, 2014 by Evan You. Evan use to work with AngularJS on many projects and his aim was to extract what is good from Angular (like data-binding) but still be as lightweight as possible. Vue is also a component-based framework known for its ease of use since its syntax is really easy to understand even for beginners.

Comparing React and Vue

To make a better comparison between both, let’s use some criterias:

  • Adoption
    Who is already using the library?
    How long has it been used in production?
  • Learning Curve
    How easy is it to get started?
  • Performance
    How fast does the page render?
  • Tooling
    What tools are available that can make the experience easier?
  • Community
    What resources are available when I need help ?
  • Hiring Talents
    How hard is it to hire experienced developers to use them?

Adoption

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

React

It’s been used by large companies like:

  • Facebook (its creator)
  • Instagram
  • Netflix
  • WhatsApp
  • New York Times
  • Dropbox

Vue

Vue is also used by big companies:

  • Adobe
  • Xiaomi
  • Alibaba
  • Behance
  • Nintendo
  • NASA

Learning Curve

React

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.

Since React is just a UI library, you’ll likely need to use third-party packages and libraries to fulfill your app needs. e.g. React Router, that can have an impact on the complexity of your app.

Vue

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.

Performance

React

React render engine is made on the Virtual DOM concept making it pretty fast and it has support for three-shaking.

React supports SSR right out of the box

React 16.2.0 + React DOM sizes (uncompressed / with gzip): 97.5K / 31.8K

Vue

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

Tooling

React

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.

React has great support for most of the IDEs and Code Editors. React also has awesome tools for debugging like React Developer Tools.

Vue

Vue has an official CLI tool called Vue CLI which is very similar to create-react-app but a little easier to extend.

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.

Community

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

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.

Hiring Talents

React

Since the React worldwide usage is greater than Vue’s, there are more experienced developers and also more available job openings.

Vue

Vue is newer than React and its adoption is lesser as well and makes it harder to find experienced talents and job openings.


Conclusion

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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  • react
  • vue
  • single page application
  • web app
  • comparison
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