If you’ve spent some time with developers you might have heard about some of these frameworks and libraries - we’re talking about Angular, Vue, and React.
But what are each of these frameworks?When should you use each one, and when should you not?
The truth is that the jury is still out on that topic.
The debate of Angular vs. Vue vs. React will continue for some time among developers, but this article should provide some insight into each of them.
We’ll do a deep dive into these three popular frameworks and explain some of their strengths and use cases, as well as how they can be leveraged for your content delivery needs when coupled with a headless CMS such as CrafterCMS.
First up, we have Angular JS. The structural framework developed and maintained by Google was the first foray into more straightforward methods for creating dynamic web applications.
Angular leverages HTML syntax, but goes a step farther, as it’s made for applications instead of static websites.
It allows you to eliminate excess code through data binding and dependency injection. Angular solves the impedance mismatch between static documents and dynamic applications by creating new syntax through a construct called directives.
Angular has several advantages as a JS framework. Code gets structured conveniently, making it easy to modify and test as necessary. Another thing Angular does well is to remove the tight coupling between the components of an application.
All document object model (DOM) manipulation can, therefore, happen where it should. Without the tightly coupled presentation and application logic, the markup is a lot cleaner and more straightforward.
The newcomer to the group, Vue wasn’t initially as standard as React and Angular, but it’s popularity, and use cases continue to grow year over year.
Vue is a progressive framework for building user interfaces. It was designed to be incrementally adoptable, and the core library is focused on the view layer only, making it easy to pick up or integrate with other libraries. It can also be used to create SPAs.
In addition to user interfaces, Vue is also used for developing both desktop and mobile apps and could become even more popular than Angular and React due to its benefits. Library modularization is a standard part of frontend development and is a feature that React and Angular have as well.
While Angular and Vue are definitive frameworks, React is considered a library due to the increased flexibility. React lets developers build large apps without having to change data or reload the page - allowing things to be fast and simple. React is known for its simplicity and ease of learning, allowing developers to get started using it quickly.
Creating interactive UIs is what React was built for, updating and rendering the right components for each state in your application. Your code also gets easier to debug as a result of declarative views.
Which One Is Better?
A comparison of npm trends over the last six months will show React, leading the pack.
However, the answer will largely depend on what you want to build as they each have their own strengths. Ultimately, there is no wrong choice, and a lot will depend on developer preference.
Angular and React are backed by communities built at Google and Facebook, respectively, but Vue has a large backing within the open source world.
When it comes to developing lightweight applications, Vue and React are the obvious choices, whereas Angular works best for applications with a large user interface.
No matter which framework or library you choose to build your interface with, it’s essential that you also integrate a suitable content management system to deliver content to those interfaces.
As an open source headless CMS platform, CrafterCMS is used by developers who favor each of these frameworks and libraries for a wide variety of digital experience applications. CrafterCMS is agnostic when it comes to frontend technologies, providing support for all three.
With CrafterCMS’s unique support for DevContentOps processes, changes to content and code get reflected across development, staging and production environments instantaneously. This creates a streamlined process that makes it easier for not only software developers, but also marketers and IT operations, to get their jobs done faster and more effectively regardless of which frontend libraries and frameworks you choose.
As new frontend development frameworks emerge and the current ones evolve, CrafterCMS will remain in a unique position to support them all.