By following JS frameworks market trends, you may see that it’s mostly dominated by React. The second most popular framework is Angular. They are both developed by big tech companies, such as Facebook (React) and Google (Angular). But there is another alternative to them - Vue.js, which is growing fast while Angular gradually loses popularity for a few years.
Here are some statistics:
source: npm Trends
source: Stack Overflow Trends
source: Google Trends
Vue.js history begins in 2013, when Google developer, Evan You was creating a lot of prototypes. In 2014 he released Vue.js officially as a collection of best practices from other frameworks he worked with.
Pros of Vue
Lightweight and Performance
A very significant feature underlined by many Vue.js Developers is its small size and performance. The main package gzipped weighs only 18kB. The framework is designed to be performant without additional optimizations - most of Vue’s APIs are tree-shakable. Additionally, it provides built-in directives, such as v-once, and v-memo, which are helpful in improving performance.
Simplicity and Learning Curve
Vue is easy to understand and absorb. The learning curve is less steep and development concepts are simple to understand. It helps to develop large-scale projects. The fact is that Vue adopted the best concepts of React and Angular.
According to the previous point, the most helpful in learning Vue and the development process is extensive documentation, where Vue.js developers can satisfy their hunger for knowledge about key features, tools, and concepts.
Vue 3 introduces a new feature - Composition API, which is similar to React Hooks. Vuex isn’t needed anymore, since Composables can manage state management. Vue 3 completely refactored reactivity, which now passed data by reference and created the standalone computed values. New API can be used in every piece of code, as well as in vanilla JS or other frameworks using the @vue/reactivity library.
Cons of Vue
One of the problems with Vue is that its biggest community is located in China, which can be problematic in the case of some packages or research. There are a lot of packages made by Chinese Vue.js developers, who write documentation in their native language. A lot of research for Vue subjects can lead to Chinese forums and discussions. This is problematic for speaking English only developers. Worth mentioning is the fact that this problem slowly dissolves, as more global Vue communities grow up.
Risk of over flexibility
Vue offers significant flexibility, which offers a lot of freedom in using different approaches. Big projects can lead to problems with the inconsistency of code. In this situation Vue.js developers need to spend time reconciling the code, otherwise, different approaches can lead to more serious problems, like the different malfunctioning of applications and harder to get into the project development.
Smaller number of components and plugins
In comparison to React, Vue.js developers can feel a bit of a lack of plugins and libraries. The most important ones exist in the Vue version, but more specific requirements can meet problems with founding fitting libraries.
Vue is a very good framework, which can be a good alternative for React or Angular. This framework is continuously improving as the community is growing. Very important to mention is that all popular problems are addressed in Vue documentation. That is why Vue is worth considering during choosing the framework for Your next project.
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