Vue vs Angular vs React in 2021— Answered

It’s time to put the big question to rest once and for all.

Vue Vs React Vs Angular

These front-end frameworks have been long since battling to be the first choice in every developer’s mind. Each individual framework has been steadily improving to fit into the latest standards.

Answer

By the end of this post, I will give you a concrete answer in my opinion, which is the framework to go for, and throughout the next few paragraphs, we will discuss why is that the case. Unlike all the other articles on the internet, that play it safe by saying — ‘ It depends on what you want to learn, etc’. I will give you an ANSWER. Let’s Go.

Opinionated

When the team behind the framework is has a vision or a voice on the framework should behave or evolve, it generally becomes easier for developers to pick up the framework or contribute to it.

In this matter Vue and Angular win the argument. These two aim to be frameworks first and libraries second. These frameworks are defined by a clear vision and are striving to move forward with that mission.

React, however, is a library first and then a framework. Meaning, there are hundreds of thousands of developers building the library in which they feel suitable. Making it even harder to get clear documentation on what is what and to get proper updates on what has changed.

With Evan You heading the vision of Vue JS, I feel the framework had made a name for itself in the shortest time, and is already in head-to-head competition with Angular and React.

Virtual DOM

In this case, Vue and React have a kind of an upper-hand. As both frameworks have a virtual DOM. Angular has its own way to reflect the data. Angular uses the real DOM to perform its operations. There were a few hiccups for angular’s approach to DOM management but that has changed over time.

Vue, on the other hand, has been busy re-inventing the virtual DOM, making it even faster and efficient than before.

Size

One Thing the world commonly agrees on is bigger is better. But in the case of Javascript frameworks, smaller is better. So far, when compared, Vue has the smallest size, it does manage to amaze the community when Evan You declared that the next version of Vue could potentially get even smaller.

Such significant advantages when it comes to evolution and invention always keeps Vue fresh and more productive.

State Management

In this section Vue and React take the win. These two frameworks have a state management structure built in and optimized to suit the respective framework. With React working with Redux, Vue is working with Vuex.

Angular on the other hand, needs support for external libraries such as GraphQL to implement such features.

Documentation and Community

This is one of the biggest factors that contribute to a developer whether to pick up the framework or not. In this section both Vue and Angular take the upper hand.

The documentation for Vue and Angular have been ecstatic. They both offer very clear documentation and have an English-first approach. React on the other hand, with several developers working on several different features, it's a bit harder to maintain proper documentation for all of it.

Language Barriers

Some people prefer Angular for Typescript and some people avoid Angular for that same reason. Similar is the case with React and JSX. The biggest reason for Vue’s lowest learning curve is because its amazing compatibility to use Typescript or Javascript as a preferred language for scripting. There is also no need for developers to get acquainted with JSX or another complex syntax since the templating structure is very much direct HTML, in addition with Vue directives.

The developers who have picked up Vue are loving it. With its lowest learning curve and extremely thought out flexibility, Vue is the winner when it comes to the debate on which Front-End Framework is the best for 2019.

Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments.

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