Vue.js vrs React.js - Why the demand?

Vue.js and React.js are frontend JavaScript frameworks, popular in the software development world. Both tools offer software developers a productive approach to building various Website applications, with each having its own best use case and response to different business needs.

Open Source, Well Supported

React.js was created by Facebook, to target the need for a JavaScript library. It is maintained by the tech giant Facebook, operating under the MIT License, making it open source, as well as guaranteeing stability and long-term support. Vue.js, on the other hand, was created by Evan You, a former Google employee. It is a framework that combines the best approaches to frontend development from Angular, Ember, and React with other features that make writing Web apps faster, easier, and more pleasant. Vue.js is also open source, relying on community contributors and crowdfunding.

Popular Among JavaScript Frameworks

There are many reasons for Vue and React’s prominence in the software development landscape:

  • Virtual DOM —instead of re-rendering the whole page as is the case with regular DOM, React and Vue update only those objects that have changed, saving the time and resources that heavy DOM manipulations otherwise consume.
  • Component-based UI development — Vue’s and React’s considerable libraries of components facilitate code reuse, improve developer productivity, and speed up the development process.
  • Framework size – Vue.js stands at around 80Kb and React.js around 100Kb, making them both relatively small sized, ideal for development of small projects.
  • Focus on the view library—separate concerns for routing, state management, etc.
  • Flexibility & Learning Curve – React is a library, as opposed to a fully-fledged framework, allowing developers to add any library according to their preference, instead of in a set pattern. Vue.js has no restrictions on how to build an application as well as an easier learning curve if acquainted with the basics of HTML and ES5 JavaScript.
  • Official component library for building mobile apps—quite long-awaited in Vue but now supported in both tools.

Many Well Known Sites

Companies that went for React.js: 

  • Facebook 
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • WhatsApp 
  • Airbnb
  • PayPal

Companies that went for Vue.js:

  • 9Gag
  • Nintendo
  • Gitlab
  • Grammarly 
  • Trustpilot
  • Alibaba

Should you need any assistance making your choice between these two JavaScript frameworks feel free to contact us!