React vs Vue – A Quick Comparison
One of the hottest battles on the front-end market is a battle between React and Vue.
Both are easy to learn, easy to use, efficient, and exceptionally fast. Both are also:
- view libraries
- using virtual DOM
- building native apps
- very flexible
- generating clean code
So what makes one better than another? Here are the few reasons you may find crucial to consider.
Based on Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2019, React is both the most loved, and the most wanted technology on the market, but Vue is right behind.
But when it comes to more data, it appears that Vue still doesn’t have many contributors, and most of the buzz is created based on “interest”, not on actual usage.
Based on State Of JS 2018, React is far more trusted by developers and mature, while Vue is just raising its popularity.
It is also close to the fact that Vue seems to be better for newcomers, while React (even if still easy to learn) is more advanced and harder to learn for a few reasons. This may be important, as to work on a bigger project, you will definitely need truly experienced developers.
One of the reasons for the newcomers to choose Vue could be templates. They are based on HTML and easier to read and write to anyone that has been working with HTML before, especially when you come from Angular environment.
Vue is using two-way data binding. Whenever you change any element of the interface, your model state changes automatically too.
This sounds simple, but if you work on a large project and want to have a good data overview and debug easier, it is better to use React with one-way data binding. It renders the change in the interface element, only after the model state is updated first. And whenever you change the UI element, the model state stays the same with no changes.
To make it simple, choose React if you want to:
- work on a bigger project with a bigger ecosystem
- have better access to developers
- have infinite freedom with choosing other libraries
Choose Vue if you want to:
- work on a small and light project
- stay open to newcomers and fast learning curve
- use templates very close to HTML