Best JavaScript Frameworks: Vue.js, Angular and React.js

  • A couple of years ago, working at ThoughtWorks, I got the chance to build my first app with a JavaScript framework, it was Angularjs.
  • We are witnessing great changes in the JavaScript frameworks, most of all, these frameworks work as a skeleton for your SPAs, allowing you to focus in more complex tasks.
  • The most popular frameworks as of June 2017 are: Vue.js, Angular and React.js.
  • Angular is built with TypeScript, a superset to JavaScript, which makes it attractive to everyone even to big enterprises.
  • All of the JavaScript frameworks have a great performance, the difference is very small.

Best JavaScript Frameworks in 2017, benefits of using them and differences between the most popular frameworks: Vue.js, Angular and React.js

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A couple of years ago, working at ThoughtWorks, I got the chance to build my first app with a JavaScript framework, it was Angularjs. After the project ended I kept reading and playing with other JavaScript Frameworks and as a result, I want to share the conclusions that I came up with. I hope this is useful to guide people trying to decide which one to use.

As JavaScript popularity continues its rising, it is being called one of the best programming languages to learn. We are witnessing great changes in the JavaScript frameworks, most of all, these frameworks work as a skeleton for your SPAs, allowing you to focus in more complex tasks.

The most popular frameworks as of June 2017 are: Vue.js, Angular and React.js. We will talk about each one of them and compare their ease of learning, performance and popularity.

The world met Vue 2.0 in 2016, a framework developed by a small team led by an ex-Googler. Many call it the Angular and React’s baby (It has the best of both frameworks). The core library focuses on the view layer only, and is very easy to integrate with existing projects because it is incrementally adoptable. If you want to install it you can go here.

Vue adds a very intuitive way of managing application state, template  bindings and computed properties, watchers and mixins (for complex logic). In addition, it offers a very nice scaffolding tool: Vue-cli.

Angular is built with TypeScript, a superset to JavaScript, which makes it attractive to everyone even to big enterprises. It succeeded angularjs in 2016, when developers re-wrote the whole thing and fixed many performance issues.

You can build everything from web and desktop to mobile. The latter is specially relevant if you are into building native mobile apps with strategies from Ionic Framework, NativeScript, and React Native.

React.js is called “A JAVASCRIPT LIBRARY FOR BUILDING USER INTERFACES”. It allows you to split your view into components which are then rendered and controlled by React.js. All the code that we need to render is written in JSX, which allows you write HTML code directly in JavaScript.

It has more than 1000 contributors in GitHub so we can say the it is the most popular JavaScript framework/library.

Angular is the hardest. First of all you have to learn Typescript and in addition all of angular’s features/rules (lazy loading, dependency injection).

React is a little bit easier to learn, but still it has a steep learning curve.  With the rule of”JavaScript Only” (JSX), handling html will probably be very confusing at the beginning.

Vue.js is the easiest, it will work with ES5, ES6 and TypeScript. As it separates template from JavaScript code you will feel like you are working with plain JavaScript.

All of the JavaScript frameworks have a great performance, the difference is very small. Vue is the fastest and you can see the results of many performance tests here.

React.js is the most popular library in the market with more than 1K collaborators in GitHub and thousands of  job offerings. Angular (4) as a result of being relatively new is less popular and has less job offerings but still it has a very active community and things are looking good.

Vue.js has a bright future ahead but for now there are not too many jobs requiring Vue.

There is no winner because of course it all depends. So pick your JavaScript framework according to your necessities, company goals and specific requirements.

Best JavaScript Frameworks: Vue.js, Angular and React.js

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