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Why Vue over React? Understanding what Vue does best

Why Vue over React? Understanding what Vue does best

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So… WHY VUE OVER REACT..??

Vue and React are the two of the best and widely-used JavaScript frameworks out there. They are both great frameworks for building web applications which make front-end programming more efficient and pleasant.

As of now, React is at the top of the podium with its stronghold on the dynamic range of packages, vast community base and more demand in the market. But do not count Vue out of the race, it’s picking up momentum in its growth and demand is increasing in the marketplace as well. Many Vue projects are being forked to Git in recent years.

Before, turning your head around towards why Vue framework is better, Let us first see what both of these popular frameworks bring to our table:

Virtualize DOM feature: Virtual DOM is the best feature that these two frameworks offer. With Virtual DOM, instead of re-rendering the whole page like in regular DOM, React and Vue has the feature to update only those objects that have changed. This saves time and resources as well as makes coding easier.

Build UI using Components: Components makes designing UI easier for us. It breaks down the website elements into various components which we can import into any page and re-use. The main advantage of component style UI is that components can be re-used.

Routing and State management: Vue and React separate the complexity of navigation and state with routing, state management, etc.

Range of Library/Packages: Both React and Vue provide a wide range of plugins integration to their environment which will help to add complex functionalities easily.

Alright, now let’s dive into the fact that why Vue can be the best for you!!

 

Background

If we are focusing on websites or web applications, Vue is a natural framework. Vue is designed and build for Web projects. Vue first and foremost concentrates on HTML, CSS, and JS.

As of React, it was developed for the purpose of targeting specific needs at Facebook. Hence, to solve some architectural problem. So, React feels more like software-oriented that is developed for a specific purpose rather than for web projects. React doesn’t seem to be naturally built for web apps as it doesn’t directly give emphasis to markups i.e. HTML and JS on the go.

 

Syntax

First of all, you should know that Vue is a UI library built for the web, therefore, the syntax is pretty simple and easy to understand.

In the case of Vue, it uses HTML templates, but there’s an option to write in JSX as well. The HTML templates are simple, easy to code and understand.

But in case of React, it only emphasizes on JSX. Believe me, JSX is pretty hard to code and understand for beginners.

Vue separates HTML, CSS, and JS makes it easier even for beginner frontend developers to learn how to create web applications. HTML templates are more familiar to most web developers and designers.

Whereas, React combines HTML and CSS together into JavaScript called JSX. Its XML like syntax is pretty hard to understand for beginners. Mainly, it may create separation between the Web developers and designers as designers mostly are not familiar with JSX type syntax coding. However, they are useful when dynamically including the HTML elements into the DOM through JavaScript.

 

Learning Curve

In the case of the learning curve, I can guarantee you that Vue is easier to learn than React. You can learn Vue quicker than React as most of the elements and coding techniques are similar to basic HTML, CSS, and JS. The main point is the coding part which is where Vue makes it extremely easy.

For example:

In Vue, you can easily, put conditions and loops directly into the DOM elements such as v-if, v-show, v-for, etc.

But in case of React, you will have to use JavaScript to loop through arrays and then feed the elements into the DOM.

Vue has v-model to automatically bind data to input and vice-versa.

React has controlled components. Man, it seems difficult.

In Vue, props are validated out-of-the-box. But in React, you require an external library for validation of props. Since props are often used I just don’t understand why not to integrate it into the framework itself.

Here, Vue seems pretty easy and more efficient. Vue has a template compiler which can integrate plugins like jQuery to existing DOM. Whereas, React only has a render method where we can’t integrate plugins to existing non-empty DOM.

Another important thing is that Vue has got one of the best documentation and library you can find out there. Best documentation means easy to learn, understand and code.

All in all, Vue eco-system (with Vuex, Nuxt.js) is pretty clear. It’s honestly easy to select the correct solution for the problem at hand.

 

Projects

Vue is a progressive framework and can be integrated into an existing project incrementally as per project requirements. The project itself is pretty light-weight and performance-wise pretty optimal, fast and efficient. In case of React, lots of components are imported and many third-party plugins are required to run some complex projects which will make the project heavy-weight. Not compromising the performance here as both Vue and React can provide web application with great performance.

 

Conclusion

Bottom-line is Vue was created for Web. React, more like for UI which will be easier to incorporate in other platforms like mobile. In my view, Vue is best for light-weighted front-end projects. React would be preferable mainly for cross-platform projects.

Vue has a very easy learning curve and it can accomplish anything for web projects. So, why choose React with a steep learning curve.

Krissnawat Kaewsanmuang

Fullstack Javascript developer from beautiful Chiangmai, love Americano and travel so much

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