The amount of frontend frameworks available to developers has surged over the last decade. The cause?
Single page applications: Web apps that interact with the user by rewriting the current web page with new data from the web server, instead of the default method of the browser loading entire new pages – wikipedia.
Angular has been at the popular table for some time now and Vue really didn’t start gaining popularity until 2016. Some people prefer to judge a framework’s popularity by the number of downloads, but others are more interested in sheer enthusiasm throughout the development community. So, who stacks up?
It’s no secret that Angular competes for market share with Facebook’s frontend framework React. Both frameworks consistently have more downloads than Vue. And although Angular has gained tremendous popularity over the years due to constant updates and releases, it also suffered a huge loss when AngularJS updated to Angular. The differences between the two were vast and the migration was tedious and cumbersome, which caused many developers to abandon the framework and never look back. However, there is still an advantage to Angular when it comes to problem-solving. There is rarely any issue that you’ll run into with the framework that isn’t easily overcome by a simple Google search.
The open source community drives Vue, which increases its popularity amongst developers. Enthusiasm is at an all time high and a popular topic across many chats, Github repositories, and popular developer discussion forums. In addition, Vue boasts an impressive 3X as many stars on Github when compared to Angular. This may lead to a surge in Vue developers in the next few years.
The size and the learning curve that each needs are two of the most notable differences between the frameworks.
Angular uses advanced change detection mechanisms and ahead-of-time compilations to reduce the number of times the document object model manipulates and pre-compiles HTML/app components. This is before the browser even downloads and uses them. The framework is privileged to have these advanced mechanisms ready for optimizing the performance lag.
Vue, with the help of the virtual DOM mechanism, has sorted a default performance-optimized configuration. This way, the runtime and initial load time are reduced drastically, boosting the app performance substantially. The virtual DOM provides more efficient ways to update the view. Each time the application data changes, it renders the virtual DOM rather than rendering the user interface in the actual document object model, which is faster and more performant.
To sum it up, it really comes down to the size of the project you’re anticipating and your ability to find the right team to develop the application. Both Vue and Angular are excellent choices for frontend development with their own strengths and weaknesses. If you’re an enterprise organization, I’d recommend Angular. Small and scrappy start-up with a love for open-source software? Vue’s probably more your vibe.
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