React is by far the most used framework by developers with 36.8% of them using it, according to Stack Overflow. On the other hand, Angular is used by 25.1% and Vue by 17.3% of developers.
If we compare the NPM downloads of these three in the past year (below), we can see that React remains the most popular. However, the results change with Angular and Vue, where the latter was downloaded more.
In order to make your decision easier, let's compare these frameworks and their pros and cons so you can decide which suits you better.
AngularJS was developed by Google in 2009 and its first version was Angular.JS. As it was developed by Google, all Google projects have been developed with it. Angular is also an MVC framework and has its own framework for mobile applications which is called Ionic.
Overall, web applications built with Angular have very good performance and good maintainability.
One significant disadvantage of Angular is the usage of the regular DOM. Due to this, the entire structure of the HTML is updated whenever the state updates, which has a huge impact on loading time.
Besides the above-mentioned disadvantage of using the real DOM, which increases the loading time. Angular is also relatively inflexible due to the given framework. Learning Angular is more complex than the other two frameworks, and it doesn’t always support unfamiliar and outdated browsers.
ReactJS was released in 2013 by a Facebook employee, Jordan Walke. Firstly it was used in 2011 in Facebook’s news feed and in 2012 by Instagram and Whatsapp. It was relesad to the public in 2013.
One of the biggest advantages of React is the usage of the virtual DOM which in turn re-loads only the parts of HTML that previously changed. Contrary to Angular, this significantly reduces the loading times. Also, with React you handle the logic and markup in the same file. It is also simple to start and relatively easy to learn, and it works smoothly - even with a lot of database queries and complex operations.
React is not suitable for developing MVC architecture because it provides only one view, therefore the developer must build the controller and model itself. Additionally, React is usually insufficient for building complex apps without the use of other libraries. React is worth using only if the web you are building needs to be highly interactive.
Vue is very easy to use and connect with other applications or libraries. Vue’s fast learning angle is what makes this framework special. It is also more flexible than React and Angular and it can also be used for large web applications. Vuejs is a combination of Angular’s and React’s useful principles and presents them in a modern style.
Compared to React and Angular, VueJS has a limited community and an even more limited English-speaking community. Additionally, there is so much flexibility that makes certain areas of web development with Vue overcomplicated.
React is favored for applications that require heavy results in the front-end. Since React provides no definitive structure, cooperation among your team is necessary when using it. React render support is stronger though, making the library more friendly.
Angular provides a lot of features and a clear structure. Because of this teams can move faster in implementation, without having to worry about the structure or need additional libraries. That said, it is not recommended for small projects because it brings redundant ballast.
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