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Vue.js Is Good, But Is It Better Than Angular Or React?

Vue.js is a JavaScript library for building web interfaces. Combining  with some other tools It also becomes a “framework”. Now, from our last blog, you already know that Vue.js is one of the top JavaScript frameworks and it is replacing Angular and React in many cases. This brings in the topic of this blog ‘Vue.js is good, but is it better than Angular or React?’

Related:  Angular, Vue & React: What’s coming in 2017?

In case you’ve never heard  or used Vue.js before, you are probably thinking: Come on! yet another JavaScript framework! We get it. However, Vue.js is not new. It was first released in 2013 and now it has 38706 starts on Github and downloaded number of times this year. Here, have a look at the images-

Vuejs stars

Vuejs downloads2

Hence, neither Vue.js is new nor less popular from other frameworks as per it’s lifetime. Now let’s see what are the winning factors present in Vue.js.

Why is Vue.js special?

The greatest benefit of Vue is it’s absence of pedigree. It is fresh and has little baggage. It has been learning from the mistakes and successes of React & Angular. The way we see it, Vue is lightweight & easy to learn.

Lightweight vuejsIt has got some fairly basic docs but they do a good job, and while there isn’t a great deal to learn compared to angular – this is a good thing as it’s deceptively powerful. PageKit, Python China are two of of the projects using Vue among many. Here’s the list. Also, it has two way data binding facility like Angular and Virtual DOM like React.

Virtual DOM vuejs

Now, we hope your basic concept about Vue.js is quite clear. Hence, lets compare it with Angular and React. We will start with Angular-

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Angularjs vs Vue.js vs Angularjs

While comparing these two, let us first declare that Angular (mostly after the release of Angular 2) is a mammoth and Vue.js is the tiger hungry enough to become big soon. However, there are many reasons for which developers are switching to Vue. Evan You, the owner of Vue describes the reason rightly

Vue.js is a more flexible, less opinionated solution ( than Angular ). That allows you to structure your app the way you want it to be, instead of being forced to do everything the Angular way. It’s only an interface layer so you can use it as a light feature in pages instead of a full blown SPA.

Now lets see few codes which will give you some basic insights (credits: fadeit.dk)

Angular vs vuejs

Bottom line of Vue.js vs Angularjs : There are many tools in Angularjs and so many complex syntax that it can confuse you sometimes. On the other hand,  Vue.js is much simpler than Angular and sometimes even better. If you are concerned about the future of this framework, we suggest not to be. This is going to stay for long and no way to fade in upcoming two years.

Vue js App Development

Reactjs vs Vue.js vs Reactjs

React and Vue.js has some similar features . They are:

1) Utilize a virtual DOM
2) Provide reactive & compose-able view components.
3) Keep focus in the core library, with concerns like routing and global state management handled by companion libraries.

Related: 5 reasons to choose Facebook’s ReactJS

This states that React and Vue.js are quite similar feature-wise. Hence, we would like to compare these two frameworks from a developer’s perspective with a few simple how-tos for each framework. Let’s see what happens in this Vue js vs Reactjs comparison:

Hello World:

How React Does it:

Hello World React (Reactjs vs Vue.js)How Vue Does it:

Hello World vue.js (Reactjs vs Vue.js)Image: anyonecanlearntocode.com

This is simple. With a single script tag you’re up and running. The benefit here is that to take advantage of Vue features, without learning any new technologies.

Two way Data Binding

How React Does it:

two way data binding, react (Reactjs vs Vue.js)How Vue does it:

two way data binding, vue.js (Reactjs vs Vue.js)rlafranchi.github.io

Two way binding in Vue.js is quite simple when you use v-model. In React its a long way down.


How React Does it:

Iteration reactHow Vue does it:

Iteration vue.jsImage: rlafranchi.github.io

In this case also, Vue wins with less lines and simplified codes.

Bottom line of Vue.js vs Reactjs: What these examples mean is that Vue.js is easy to learn and can be immediately productive. It also provides a path to simplicity with new tools and patterns for managing large codebases. Vue.js can scale up with your knowledge so that you can start to learn the updated tools and best practices.

Angularjs vs Vue.js vs Reactjs Table

Here is a table that would provide you a few valuable information about these three frameworks –

Angular vs react vs vue comparision

The bottom line:

In today’s time Vue is not as popular as React (maintained by Facebook) or Angular 2 (supported by Google). However, many developers are switching to Vue. Laravel community has also considered it as one of their preferred front-end frameworks.

Overall, Vue provides an answer to the issue of React & Angular and gives you much simpler and easier way to code.

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  • Juan Martín Migliorini

    This is my story:

    I have a solid experience in developing big data SPAs in ES6 and jQuery.
    I wanted to switch to the new paradigm of module + component + central state management + view library/framework.
    After a deep research I ended up reducing my decision to Angular2 vs React (I knew about Vue.js afterward. More on this later on.)


    – Steep learning curve.
    – Too much ceremony for a single developer (not a team).
    – I knew nothing about this modern tools, and with Angular, my deep understanding of Javascript would not help me understand what was going on under the hood of the framework.
    – Setup up was also very magical at my beginnings with Webpack, npm and/or whatever tools you would choose to put all angular stuff together.
    – Too much DSL to my likings.


    – I got into it really fast just using (at my beginning) a tag with the React.js library.
    – As React is a view library, there was little to no ceremony, I could continue doing things as right or wrong as I was doing them before.
    – My deep understanding of Javascript would naturally make me understand the whole way the tool is working under the hood.
    – Very small API.

    So I started developing my new SPA product with React.js.
    To manage the central state I chose “Baobab” because, again, Redux solutions had too much ceremony for my actual needs.

    Everything went super well. No fights against React.js. With the help of the “Thinking in React” document and the many resources the big community has, I got very fast into important concepts as: Abstraction and code reuse by Components, Intelligent and dumb components, one-way data binding, component internal state, etc.

    When my application started to grow, I started to have some performance issues because I was unnecessarily re-rendering costly things on actions. So I had to start controlling what had to be re-rendered. React.js API offers methods like shouldCompnentUpdate to deal with that.
    From a technical and engineering point of view, dealing with this render logic was exciting. But on the other hand, I was spending time in logic not related to my application and I did not like that.
    So, once more, I started reading many articles related to this point and, by accident, I read something about Vue.js.


    Vue.js succeeded to attract my attention because one did not need to care so much about handling the rendering logic. So I started digging a bit more and finding that the library was taking care of many other little things that, in my React ecosystem, I was handing by additional libraries (switching css classes on conditions comes to my mind).

    Having my react background, it took me one weekend to feel comfortable redoing my SPA on it. I have been working for 3 days know and everything is a breeze. Lot fewer lines of code in comparison to React and lot more readable at the same time without sacrificing any power (Vue.js offers you functional rendering too.)


    1) Angular2: Only interesting if you are going to work in team (enterprises) or want to learn something that will let you enter some nice company as a developer, this could be your way.

    2) React: React is incredible. Great philosophy. Solid as a rock. Amazing teacher, you will really learn how to think about things and have a solid understanding of what is going on and why. Also, super big community, with lots of useful libraries to work with (took me 1min to npm a simple React Component to make a div draggable. I could not even found one for Vue.js, I used old jQuery UI for it.)

    3) Vue2.0: I am continuing this path for now. I see in Vue.js many advantages to solving problems that my React.js teacher taught me how to understand (and solve, but with more work). The only things I fear are: lack of community tools to solve simple things that I could be forced to solve by hand myself, and lack of big software company behind (i don’t really know what the risks of these are.)

    I find all these new concepts and opinions very interesting and fun. I hope I could clarify and bait you into it.

    As WordPress said, “code is poetry”.

    Salutations guys!

  • nabuska

    If readebility on and lines of code is what counts, that React iteration example sucks.
    You have chosen the most verbose possible way to implement the iteration component, and actually you have not done it right.
    That peace of code would not render anything.
    ‘render’ and ‘getInitialsState’ are both one liners:
    i would replace ‘getInitialState’ with just: state = [1,2…] in the class declaration.
    And replace ‘render’ methods content with just: this.state.array.map(value => {value}) /*spans around value*/

    • Ravi Malhotra

      Thanks for your innovative idea , however, most of the developers do the way I did it in the iteration example.

    • Richard Davenport

      I think what you are trying to say is noble and good, but still not true. It’s not the most verbose, take your pick of any on this page: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Guide/Loops_and_iteration, then it would be verbose. And sometimes being declarative matters more than getting everything on one line.

  • andythebouncer

    Haha, if just over 3 years old is “not new,” you might be a javascript developer.

  • Arnab Sarkar

    I have been using Vue.js for few days… It’s simple and easy to learn….

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