News 03/10/2019 by "Luke D'Angelo"

Vue vs React

When looking to create high-quality web solutions with JavaScript, developers are often torn between two frameworks: Vue and React. 

Both are rapidly growing tools for front end development, and both have fierce fans who will adamantly argue for their platform of choice. So how do you determine which is better? 

That is, of course, somewhat of a trick question. Determining which is better is really going to depend on what project you’re working on and what your particular preferences are. Each has its own use cases, and each responds differently to different business needs. 

So, while we can’t offer a definitive answer on which option is best, we can uncover some truths on both Vue and React to help you determine which suits your needs best at what time.

Let’s dive in. 

Vue and React – Leaders in Their Field

The reason these two are so often compared is that they share several common qualities that make them stand out as JavaScript framework leaders. Both offer: 

Component-based UI development — An extensive library of components which facilitate the reuse of code, improve developer productivity, and speed up the development process.

Virtual DOM — Rather than re-rendering the whole page, only changed objects are updated, thus saving time and resources that heavy DOM manipulations would otherwise consume.

Focus on the view library — To separate concerns for routing, state management, and more. 

Official component library — For building mobile apps.

Open-source — Community and contributors can help to drive it forward. 

Vue vs React – Head to Head

We know how they’re similar, now to explore where they differ. 

Vue.js

As the newer of the two, Vue, is a progressive JavaScript framework developed by an ex-Google Engineer that has attempted, and by many accounts, succeeded to remove many of the drawbacks of other frameworks to make life easier for software developers. 

Vue stands out to developers because it is easy to learn, has an elegant programming style and patterns, offers strong documentation and, perhaps it’s greatest asset, it provides ease of integration. Vue can be integrated into existing projects incrementally, per project requirements. 

As the framework with the easiest learning curve, adoption is a breeze. 

For small to medium apps, there are tools such as Vue CLI 3 and Vue UI for quick delivery of MVPs. And for large Web apps, Vue has an ecosystem of tools and companion libraries which allow the framework to respond to the complex needs of enterprise-grade applications.

On GitHub, Vue has 100 contributors and a rating of 122,000. 

React.js

Released by Facebook, React is highly dynamic and offers excellent support in creating interactive user interfaces.

Designed for large-scale Web projects, React can be considered a little bit much for small and simple apps but it is the more complex code in React that, when applied to enterprise-grade applications, really does pay off.

This includes JSX, which leaves developers the full power of JavaScript, including flow controls and advanced IDE features such as autocompletion or linting, which are included in the component view templates. 

The developers that love React tend to feel this way because it has widespread usage, is backed by a big corporation, offers a rich package ecosystem and, like Vue, offers an elegant programming style and patterns. 

To build complex apps with React, developers need to use third-party solutions, but the choice is vast and experienced developers will know which best meet the needs of the business. 

On GitHub, React has 1271 contributors and a rating of 117,500. 

At the end of the day, developers really need to look at the requirements of the business to determine which is best, but in an overly simplified summation, Vue is likely to be the better option for small to medium apps, and React is probably the best choice for large Web apps. 

If you work with Vue or React, we would love to hear from you. Tell us which you think is best and why.