With Google and Facebook as lead developers in these major open-source projects, competition was expected from the beginning. Within the development community, opinions about the merits of using Angular vs. React date back more than four years.
The React vs. Angular Debate
The current version, Angular 7.0.0, was released in October 2018 and will be active through April 2019. Each time a new Angular version is released with a .0.0 enumeration, it means major updates to the core framework, the command line tool and the Material Design components. Here are some of the improvements:
Command line interface prompts: When certain commands are typed into the CLI, Angular 7 will display adequate prompts to streamline the coding experience, discover new features or provide inspiration.
Visual styles: Google had already updated Material.io in 2018 before Angular 7, and the changes carried over to the framework. The default type hierarchy is larger and bolder for headers, and the corners of square and rectangular shapes are now softer. As for icon variety, it has been increased by five more styles. There is also a new drag-and-drop module that is very sleek and modern.
An interesting aspect of the way facet of Angular version development is that Google engineers have acknowledged its growing complexity and are committed to reducing it in the future, but only to an extent. Angular is aware of competing frameworks, but Google seems comfortable with the current state of framework utilization, which involves a significant number of large-scale projects. Developers generally want better performance, and this is what everyone expects to find when Angular 8 is released later this year.
Vue.js is a project envisioned by a software engineer who was familiar with Angular during his time working at Google. In February 2014, Evan You released the first stable version of Vue on GitHub, four years before the coding platform was acquired by Microsoft.
There are various reasons developers who have already worked with the Angular and React front-end frameworks should take time to learn about Vue:
Reasonable Learning Curve
The reality of the Vue and React learning curves is that they are about the same, but the focus of many Vue training materials, which jump right into single-page app development, will make you believe that it is easier to learn than React. By the time you need to develop complex web apps, you will likely feel that Vue and React are similarly complex.
Vue Community Support vs. React
Since React is a Facebook open-source project that has been around for nearly a decade, it stands to reason that it enjoys greater community support. Still, Vue has managed to build a considerable following in just a few years, but it will likely take a few more before it can be deemed to have a rich ecosystem.
When you look at many of the projects that have been completed with Vue, you will notice that the design sensibility tends to be modern, and this makes sense insofar as this being a relatively new framework. The website for the Vue Conference in Toronto, for example, is a perfect example of a single-page app that could have been created with React.
As can be expected, the number of tools, libraries and code bundles available for React is greater, but the smaller showcase of Vue is quite impressive.
Overall Framework Security
Since Vue can be described as a more exotic framework, it would be tempting to call it more secure, but only because React is a larger target for hackers based on popularity.
The best ways to mitigate this issue include keeping trusted data out of scripts, checking against blacklists, and validating from whitelists.
A simpler framework does not provide greater flexibility; if anything, React can be described as more flexible because there are more tools, libraries and tutorials available to complete complex projects.
If your development philosophy pushes you towards tackling complexity from scratch, you will like Vue, but if the deadline for your mobile project is tighter, you are probably better off with React because you will have more tools at your disposal.
The Future of Vue Development
As of early 2019, competition between Angular, React, and Vue continues to heat up with more developers leaving the Google project behind. As far as providers of commercial development tools are concerned, the future looks bright for Vue because of the way the community is forming.
There is a marked trend towards choosing Vue for single-page web apps, but this could be related to prevailing development styles. At this point, React can handle more complex projects, but this could change. All it takes is one massive tech giant to get behind Vue to even the score.
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