The Emergence of Vue.js

It used to be that if you were a developer working with JavaScript, you had a choice between two frameworks: Angular and React. Developers are seeing the rise of another set of tools that are proving to be more accessible than its predecessor – Vue.js. This new entry has a lot of developers very curious about the possibilities and how it could potentially change the game when it comes to new frameworks and developments in the world of coding and software engineering.

What is Vue.js

So, let’s start with one important question -- What is Vue.js? For this answer, we went directly to the source:

"Vue (pronounced /vjuː/, like view) is a progressive framework for building user interfaces. Unlike other monolithic frameworks, Vue is designed from the ground up to be incrementally adoptable. The core library is focused on the view layer only and is easy to pick up and integrate with other libraries or existing projects. Vue is also perfectly capable of powering sophisticated Single-Page Applications when used in combination with modern tooling and supporting libraries."

The heavy-hitting libraries of JavaScript and TypeScript frameworks, Angular and React, have the backing of two very large names in the tech industry: Google and Facebook respectively. Before we move any further along into Vue, it’s important to get a brief understanding of these two frameworks:

Angular

Developed by Google and released in 2010, Angular is a platform that makes it easy to build applications with the web, combining declarative templates, dependency injection, end to end tooling, and integrated best practices to solve development challenges. Angular aims to make web development feel effortless, focused on developer productivity, speed, and testability. Applications built with Angular can be deployed to mobile devices and desktops as websites and native applications. Angular is used in public-facing applications and sites such as Google Cloud Platform and AdWords, as well as many internal tools.

React

React was developed by Facebook and released in 2013. Facebook uses React extensively in their products (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp). React embraces the fact that rendering logic is inherently coupled with other UI logic: how events are handled, how the state changes over time, and how the data is prepared for display. React makes it easy to build both complex and straightforward web and mobile applications.

Vue.js

Vue is the new kid on the block. What’s interesting about Vue is that it was developed by an ex-Google employee, Evan You, somewhat in reaction to Angular and React. His thinking behind the development of Vue.js was, “What if I could just extract the part that I really liked about Angular and build something really lightweight without all the extra concepts involved?” His curiosity and experimentation trying to replicate this minimal feature set was how Vue started.

You might even call Vue the underdog - it is crowd-funded and open-sourced (whereas Angular and React have a significant share of Google and Facebook employees contributing to the repositories).

And judging by its exponential growth over the last two years, it’s definitely apparent that something is catching on and it’s one to watch.

Why use Vue.js

According to Evan You, Vue is made up of a core which is just data binding and components, similar to React. It solves a very focused, limited set of problems. One of the significant advantages of Vue is the small size of the framework as it doesn’t include many features but the functionality is easily extended with a variety of third-party solutions.

Vue can be used for many different types of applications. Due to its compatibility with other JavaScript libraries and ability to add more complex logic to the existing apps, it can provide a perfect solution for nearly any type of project. Vue.js is typically considered as a primary option for dynamic high-performance applications and single page apps.

Because Vue shares some concepts with both React and Angular, transitioning developers have an even easier learning curve into Vue. With more of a focus on approachability, Vue separates HTML, JS and CSS, like web developers have been used to for years, and allows users to pick it up quickly.

Aside from being the fastest (relative to React and Angular), Vue is also a progressive framework, built from the ground up to be incrementally adoptable. The core library is focused on the view layer only and is easy to pick up and integrate with other libraries or existing projects.

As previously mentioned, Vue.js is incredibly flexible. Vue allows using its most fundamental features to build an app, but if needed, it also offers most of everything a developer would require out of the box.

Vue is being seen in the industry as a “straight-forward, fresh framework” with a reputation of being super simple to learn, very low on boilerplate code, performant, flexible, and a complete package. There is a thought that many web apps today could have been built faster with Vue, which is very interesting for developers as they move forward with new projects.

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