Currently, the three big ones are Angular, React, and Vue. Some other new frameworks (or libraries) like Svelte are promising but not ready for production development, and some are already vanishing (AngularJS, backbone, and others).
Angular will have most of the essential components needed to build an application already included. As well, those components will be well maintained and trustable. Finally, it has a highly opinionated structure. This structure makes it ideal for creating complex applications that will require continued maintenance and scalability over time.
Vue will allow the developer or team to start small and grow as large and complex as needed adding required components over time.
React, as a library, does one task and does that task well. In the case of React, that task is building highly interactive interfaces. It is open and un-opinionated. This structure provides extensive freedom. The drawbacks occur when the application grows and when developers need to add dependencies to make the application work as required. These dependencies make the application harder to scale and maintain over time.
The employed architecture and the knowledge available within the development team can affect the performance of each. Angular, React, and Vue can all be performant on small or large-scale applications.
When an application needs to be performant and scalable, its success is tied to a variety of factors. The initial architecture decisions, a well-structured application, the use of proper development patterns and clean code, and a mature development process all play into how scalable and performant the application will be.
A common myth is that Angular is only suitable for large applications while React is only suitable for small ones. In reality, the differences are less apparent. Any of the three options could be perfect for any project, from small simple applications to large complex ones.
It is essential to have someone who will help make a more informed choice from the beginning. An architectural consultant can guide on the intricacies of each platform and assist in recommending the best fit. These consultants will take into account the requirements of the application, the existing technical skills of the development team, and the costs of owning and maintaining the application.
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If the speed of development is the only factor, the best choice is Vue. Being a progressive framework, it doesn’t require a complex build process or a setup of different tools. It also allows the developer to add to it based on requirements and complexity in an incremental way. These characteristics make it the perfect candidate to create and deploy fast from a functional mockup to a fully-fledged complex application.
React is also a good choice after Vue. It will however take more time to prepare and to configure it to build a functional application.
Angular is more complex and opinionated, making it a slower choice to start with. In time the slower start will pay off. It is better suited for projects that need stability, scalability, and strong architectural structures.
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