Angular vs Vue: Choosing The Best Javascript Framework?

By Alka Singh
November 20, 2019 | 519 Views

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Although, this blog is about Angular vs Vue, but did you know Google used Vue.js in the development of one of its products?

Angular is Google’s javascript framework. Despite its vast popularity and use-cases, Vue made itself Google’s choice to build a reactive wrapper for the Google Charts library.

It is not the first time Vue, as the youngest javascript framework, surprised us.

Facebook is another user of Vue. Although technology is used for the marketing of its app, it is still a clear indication of Vue’s maturity. That can be a reason Vue has been successful in maintaining its popularity throughout the year besides Angular. 

You don’t need to believe in my words. Just look at insight captured from Google Trends below

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Vue’s popularity from the past few years is worth noting down for both businesses as well as application development companies around the world. We already have Angular from Google and React from Facebook to develop exciting and SEO friendly websites and applications.

Angular and React, though, have established javascript frameworks for front-end development; however, Vue’s growing adoption in small as well as large application development is not something to ignore.  

 

Where Vue and Angular Stands in 2019?

In the mid of the year, Stack Overflow came up with an early developers survey that curtains up from reality.  

Vue.js occupied a second place as the most loved and highly wanted web frameworks in 2018-2019. Whereas, Angular manage to secure 9th place among the list of 12 web frameworks. 

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There is a more exciting thing about the survey. Vue.js were nowhere in the list in the previous years (2017-2018) Stack Overflow Developer Survey. Have a look at 2018 survey results:

 

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Over a period of 12 months, Vue.js becomes the developer’s choice of javascript framework. 

Undoubtedly, Vue.js has gained remarkable popularity as a javascript framework over Angular.js in past years. However, there is something else that tells a different story. 

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According to the stack overflow survey, nearly 30% of developers are keen to use Angular in future projects, whereas developers interested in using Vue.js are just half that number. 

We can understand, Vue’s popularity is growing significantly, but its use in the project is not as fast as Angular. 

As 2019 proved to be a big year for Vue, let’s look at other stats and try to understand the future adoption of Angular vs. Vue. 

According to Hackerrank, the number of developers who know Vue is likely to keep increasing in 2019. The company conducted a survey where more than 70,000 developers participated. As per the outcome, 26.92% of developers want to learn Angular in 2019. On the other hand, 24.70% of developers have shown their interest in learning Vue in 2019. 

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The number of developers interested in learning Vue.js in 2019 is very close to Angular.js. Despite the fact that its adoption is less in projects in comparison to Angular, Vue.js popularity is leading its path forward. 

 

Which JavaScript Framework is best to develop a Single Page Application?

Besides the popularity of these javascript frameworks, let’s dive deep into the key characteristics of Vue & Angular to draw out comparisons between Angular vs Vue and which one should be your next choice to build web applications. 

 

Why Are Frameworks Important in Web Application Development?

A framework plays a crucial role in the application’s structure, performance as well as scalability.

Since front-end development fundamentally shapes the structure for the code libraries to work, application development companies pay utmost attention while requirement gathering to suggest the best tech-stack to clients.  

 

Let’s Understand Angular and Vue On Different Parameters 

 

Factors: Angular vs Vue
Angular
Vue
ComplexityAngular is complex than Vue in terms of design and API. Vue had come to the use for developers after major framework releases, which gives it a significant advantage. Developing a non-trivial application with Angular is time-consuming than Vue.When we look up at design and API, Vue is considered simpler. It is said that if a developer has some experience of developing non-trivial apps, it will take less than a day with Vue to develop the app.
Easy IntegrationBeing a javascript-based framework, Angular is easy to integrate with third-party components and other javascript based technologies. Vue also enables many front-end libraries to be integrated with it easily. It makes Vue versatile and easy to use framework.

Even midway of the project, one can integrate the required library to add missing features or to add enhancement in the app.
Data BindingAngular uses two-way binding between scopes. Additionally, it supports asynchronous services that are a great help to developers in scenarios when they have third-party-developed components to integrate with the app. Vue supports one-way data flow between the components. It ensures data flow easily and ensures the non-trivial app development quickly.

With Vue, developers can use libraries when needed if working in conjunction with asynchronous services.
PerformanceWhen it comes to achieving performance, Angular doesn’t disappoint. Angular is known to perform fast even having a lot of watchers. Whenever scope changes, it is important that watchers re-evaluate again.

Even having a lot of watchers, Angular ensures similar performance metrics on different benchmarks.
Both Angular and Vue.js performs fast with very similar metrics on benchmarks and addressing similar issues.

You can find Angular and Vue deliver equal performance on different benchmarks and addressing similar issues.
FlexibilityAngular.js is highly flexible. The framework offers official support for a variety of systems without casting any restriction on the project structure or application.

It makes Angular highly flexible and brings it popularity among developers as they wouldn’t love to have too many rules.
Vue.js is not as flexible as Angular.js. Vue is opinionated, thus developers need to follow rules while working the project structure of the application.

However, it provides flexibility for modular solutions and this is what makes Vue highly adaptable in different types of projects.

Vue is flexible but not as Angular.
Learning curveAngular possesses a steeper learning curve since its API documentation is vast. Users have to spend enough time to build an understanding of some of its concepts. Angular is considered by some a complex framework due to its design.

For a beginner or people with less experience, it is difficult to pick up the framework quickly and start app development.
The learning curve is easy for Vue. Someone having good knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript can develop a single-page-app and non-trivial app easily in less time.
TypescriptLearning of Angular is also steeper because it uses Typescript. But it is a boost for developers having experience in javascript. Though, tough for the beginner.

Angular’s learning resources and documentation are typescript based. Thus, it is important to learn typescript to work angular.

Another advantage of typescript is that it offer static type checking for large-scale apps. Developers get type-safety while writing apps which save time and reduce chances of errors in run-time.
Vue also gets the Typescript support recently, but it is still not in much use.

In the future, we can expect Vue to be a complete typescript based platform.

Why & When should you choose Angular.js

 

  • No one can deny the fact, Angular.js opinionated structure and a built-in set of functions are perfect for large-scale, real-time, and dynamic application development like chat apps, and instant messaging. 
  • A well-formed structure along a broad set of enclosed features makes Angular highly appropriate for cross-platform mobile development and Enterprise applications.

 

Why & When should you choose Vue.js

 

  • Developing a light-weight and single-page web application is now the best bet for Vue. 
  • If speed and performance are your priority, Vue would be your best choice.

 

Conclusion

Angular and Vue, both javascript frameworks provides a great structure to applications. However, the choice of using the framework completely depends upon all the factors you will consider while making the decision. If you want to go the standard app development way and looking for a well-trusted framework, Angular.js should be your choice.

However, if you are looking to develop a single-page layout and want it to be fast, light, and clean, Vue.js is the way to go. 

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