Is Vue.js taking over React.js in 2017?

Answer by Polina Polukhina

I think that this is a rather difficult question, which is most easily answered by yourself, just by trying, below I will describe all the experience in these tools and you will be able to learn a lot of information about this.

React is actually a JavaScript library created to build user interfaces. It is supported by Facebook and Instagram, and has become a core technology in the endless feed of these two applications. As a JS library, React has quite a limited sphere of usage, but when bundled with other libraries it becomes a powerful solution, which nowadays is one of the main competitors of Angular. And this is why:

Advantages of React

  • Component model
    React doesn’t use any templates. The component logic is written in JavaScript, which gives more flexibility, enables rich data to easily pass through your app, and keep state out of the DOM. Though this approach is used in all the compared frontend frameworks, React was the first one to introduce a component model.
  • Virtual DOM
    As already explained, a virtual DOM enables creating a simplified copy of the DOM. All the changes that need to be implemented are made in the virtual DOM. Later on, two DOMs are compared and when the differences are identified, the real DOM will re-render only the changed part. This is much faster and more efficient than working directly with the DOM.
  • One-way data binding
  • Two-way data binding was an advantage for Angular, and the one-way data binding of React may be an advantage as well. This approach makes the view react to any changes made to the model, but the view itself cannot affect the model. As a result, the data only flows in one direction, which reduces the possibility of any side effects.
  • Native mobile development framework

React Native is an affiliate of React.js, a framework created to develop native mobile apps using JavaScript. With its help, applications include native building blocks and look exactly the same as apps built with Objective-C or Java. The big advantage is that you only need one developer to build the native application for two platforms, as only a knowledge of JavaScript is needed. When compared to hybrid mobile apps built with Angular, React Native apps show much higher performance and are almost as powerful as native apps.

  • Big community
    Being supported by the world’s two major social media companies, React has millions of users across the globe. The strong community means access to quick help from experienced developers. On Github React has gathered over 73 thousand stars, and the usage statistics on npm shows that the framework was downloaded more than 4,766 million in the last month. A very impressive score!

Disadvantages of React

  • Need to use third-party technologies
    As already mentioned, React is a JavaScript library, not a framework. As a result, its possibilities are limited. To extend the functionality, it is necessary to use third-party modules and libraries. Reading the documentation and learning how to use these technologies may take some time.
  • Using JSX
    React recommends using JSX instead of regular JavaScript and HTML. Actually, this is JavaScript, but extended with XML syntax. The creators claim that JSX is faster, safer and easier than JS. So, to get the most from React you will need to learn this modification of JavaScript.
  • Complex app structure
    React doesn’t have any predefined structure. This means that structuring the app is fully the responsibility of the developer, and depends a lot on his knowledge and experience.
  • Steep learning curve
    React isn’t the easiest technology to learn. Besides React itself, you will need to get to know several other libraries and modules as well.

When to use React?

React is pretty universal, which means you can build nearly anything with it. However, there are some cases, where React is an absolute must. For these apps it is currently the best solution available on the market.

  • Dynamic application
    Building an app that needs to re-render quickly? React is a good choice due to the ability to quickly reflect the data changes in the view.
  • Single page apps
    Since React can display content changes without reloading the current page, it is a great solution for single page apps.
  • Native mobile apps
    React Native enables building mobile apps that are indistinguishable from native apps built with Java or Objective-C.


Vue.js is a progressive framework for UI building. This alternative to Angular and React is now gaining popularity. It is extremely popular in China, and is now spreading to the west, which is to be expected.

Advantages of Vue.js

  • MVC framework
    Just like Angular, Vue is an MVC (or Model-View-Controller) framework. The advantage of this is obvious – the ability to write well-structured code, which is extremely important when working on complex applications.
  • Lightweight solution
    One of the significant advantages of Vue is the small size of the framework as it doesn’t include many features right “out the box”, but the functionality is easily extended with a variety of third-party solutions. It is often compared to Angular, which is a monolithic framework with a bunch of built-in features, which are unlikely to be used in your app at all. Of course, tree-shaking allows eliminating the unused code, but the size of the framework remains higher compared to what Vue offers. A full-featured Vue 2 project with Vuex + vue-router weighs ~30kb gzipped. At the same time, an out-of-the-box, AOT-compiled application generated by angular-cli has the size of ~130kb gzipped. A compact size and the ability to include third-party modules to extend the functionality make Vue.js a wiser choice for those who care about reducing the size, and therefore improving the speed of the web app.
  • Declarative templates

The templates in Vue.js are written in HTML, which makes them readable without the knowledge of other programming languages.

  • Virtual DOM
    Due to lighter-weight virtual DOM implementation, apps built with Vue.js have the highest performance in comparison to other frontend frameworks.
  • Two-way data binding
    Vue.js automatically syncs the whole model with the DOM.
  • Supported by Laravel “out of the box”
    Laravel is one of the best PHP backend frameworks. The support of Vue allows building web apps using two of the most progressive technologies without any additional installations.
  • Pure JavaScript
    Vue.js uses pure JavaScript, so there’s no need for the developers or testers to learn any other programming language or its variation.
  • Low learning curve
    Compared to Angular and React, Vue.js is the easiest frontend technology to learn and start working with. In addition to this, you can start adding Vue.js to your project step by step.

Disadvantages of Vue.js

  • Small community
    Vue is less popular when compared to Angular and React, both of which have an impressive number of users. However, you can still count on support from other community members.
  • Fewer libraries for Vue.js
    Since there are fewer users of the framework, they share fewer solutions to extend the framework functionality.
  • Chinese roots
    This framework was created by Evan You a former Angular developer. He knew exactly the weak points of Angular and started to work on an alternative, while keeping all its advantages. The new framework quickly became extremely popular in his native country China. As a result, documentation for some of the third-party libraries may be available only in Chinese.
  • Rising popularity
    With about 658,000 downloads per month, Vue.js is showing great results. Over 63 thousand Github stars prove the rising popularity, and reflects the views of the community as well. Vue.js is now being used all over the world. This means that there will be more and more solutions compatible with this JS framework.

When to use Vue.js?

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. But you should consider Vue.js as a primary option for the following requirements:

  • Dynamic high-performance applications
    Similar to React, Vue.js is a good choice for dynamic applications, however thanks to virtual DOM it offers higher performance, which is beneficial for complex apps.
  • Single page apps
    Vue.js allows changing the content quickly without reloading the page, which makes this framework perfect for SPAs.

The family of JavaScript frameworks is huge. They are built to solve different tasks, their functionality can be extended by using various third party solutions, which require different levels of expertise. They are all different. So now you know a little more about this, check out this article and find out more about Frontend frameworks


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