Last Updated on February 17, 2020
When it comes to choosing amongst the chocolate, caramel, and red velvet, it’s literally a tough decision to make. But I know that when I am sad, chocolate works right for me, or when I am confused, caramel brings me some clarity, and red velvet is when I am sharing it with no one!
Well, in either of the cases, I am going to lay a clear picture in front of you.
As such, there is not any good, better, or the best front-end framework. It all depends on what type of web application you want to build, considering your business policies. To make it easier for you, I have categorized various aspects that one considers before choosing a front-end for development.
Tops 6 Things to Consider Before Choosing a front-end Framework
- Community Support
- Library/Framework Size
- Learning Curve
In this blog, I have depicted, compared, and described each of these aspects for React, Angular, and Vue. I hope after reading this comprehensive visual comparison on Angular Vs. Vue Vs. React, you will be able to choose the right framework for you.
Primarily, let’s begin with an introduction to these front-end frameworks.
According to Google Trends, React is more popular, next leads Angular, followed by Vue. Whereas, as per the StackOverflow report, React attains the same first position, but Vue immediately goes after React, and Angular remains far behind.
Frameworks like React, use virtual DOM, which is an abstraction of the real DOM. The abstraction makes the DOM browser-specific. Hence, React and Vue, working on the virtual DOM, ensures faster app performance as compared to Angular that uses the real DOM.
React was developed by Facebook to maintain and support its ad campaigns and coding, and a team of engineers is continually working on it, even currently. React is used in several products of Facebook, which shows a high investment of the company on the framework. This hit makes React very reliable in the developer community.
Angular was introduced in the market by the leader- Google, using it mostly in Google AdWords applications. This conduct makes Angular authentic for the people to use and also provides strong community support.
Vue, on the other hand, is not backed up by big names like Facebook or Google. Also, it is comparatively new in the market. But still, it has attained astounding popularity in the open-source community.
React (100 KB) is a proper fit for lightweight applications. React is a library and not a framework, so it does not provide much for developers.
Whereas, Angular (500 KB) is a framework that provides a lot for the developers starting from testing to templates and utilities. This exploit makes Angular non-eligible for lightweight, but suitable for heavyweight applications.
Vue (80 KB), being the smallest of the three, is ideal for lightweight applications. In case you need a smaller framework than Vue, Preact would be the appropriate choice.
The learning curve is the ability of the users/developers to write codes easily using a programming language. Stateofjs stats show that developers mostly prefer to learn and use React, followed by Vue, and they are less interested in learning Angular.
Based on performance, popularity, learning curve, flexibility, and community support, what we find is this,
- React, and Vue offers better flexibility and performance than Angular.
- Lightweight applications should choose to React or Vue, whereas Angular is best for large UI apps.
- React and Vue is flexible as they allow to opt programmer’s choice tools, whereas Angular provides everything being opinionated.
Check out the React vs. Angular vs. Vue.js Infographic to access all the information and states from a single place.