Angular vs. Vue.js: Which is the Best for Your Project Needs? – Updated
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Angular vs. Vue.js
Angular is a very mature framework and Vue.js, on the contrary, is just a newbie. Despite that, Vue.js has managed to gain immense popularity in a very short period of time. It is evident from the fact that Vue.js has 53.7k GitHub stars while AngularJS has 55.8k and Angular has 24.1k GitHub stars.
In this post we would perform a comparative analysis of Angular and Vue.js based on the following dimensions:
Although learning curve depends on both the framework and its learner, still there are certain things which make the learning process harder or easier for most of the people.
Angular probably has the steepest learning curve because you need to learn a new language called TypeScript barring everything that you might have used earlier in JS development such as modules or components.
However, it brings along features like dependency injection that demands a bit of hard work in order to optimize your app as well as capitalize on features like ahead-of -time compilation and lazy loading.
Ease of usage
In the words of Evan You, the owner of Vue.js, unlike Angular Vue.js is a more flexible and less opinionated solution. Thus, it allows you to structure your application the way you want it to be rather than being forced to the things the way of the framework.
It is just like an interface layer which you can use to create light features in web pages instead of creating larger single page applications.
Hence, Vue.js is considered more balanced as it doesn’t put several implications like Angular and empowers you to build applications your way instead of ending up doing it the Angular way.
Your applications need to have a fast initial loading time i.e. small bundle size, as well as great runtime performance in order to perform well.
Angular is slower than Vue.js and it also has a big bundle size when it comes to smaller apps. However, Angular is a faster framework with great runtime performance when it comes to complex and bigger apps.
The performance of Vue.js might change when it comes to bigger apps focused on specific tasks. Therefore, the performance results need to be put into perspective and hence there is no clear winner in this dimension.
This is because the size and type of application significantly impacts the performance.
Creation of SPAs
Angular was built for creating Single Page Applications (SPAs); hence offers you a lot of tools for building larger SPAs. Google is using it too in order to rebuild apps like Adwords and Adsense.
Vue.js, on the other hand, is not focused on building SPAs though you can create SPAs using third-party packages.
So, Vue.js could also be a valid choice for building SPAs but you might encounter some challenges which you are less likely to hit while using Angular.
Ease of deployment
This dimension might sound trivial but it could be really tough to deploy your finished app correctly. The reason could very much be your chosen framework as some frameworks could make things complicated while deploying your optimized app.
Well, Angular could make your move from development to deployment the hardest one unless and until you use the Angular CLI. Still, leveraging features like lazy loading and Ahead-of-Time compilation could be a daunting task.
When it comes to the road to development and deployment, Vue.js is much easier than Angular. If you have dropped an import or if you have a complex local set-up Vue CLI would take care of everything and efficiently handle the code optimizations for you.
Every framework comes with its own strengths and weaknesses; hence, finding the best one truly depends upon your project needs and your experience as a developer.
As a business owner, you need an application that serves your current needs, scales to address your future needs effectively and enables you to stay relevant and competitive in your industry.
Angular is a much evolved framework and has a lot of tools right out of the box. Vue.js is very lightweight and easy to learn and lets you create application your way. Now, the decision depends on the needs of your project.
Reach out to our team of Angular experts with your project needs and stay assured of an informed and cost-effective solution.
Which JS framework you found exciting to work with? We would love to know about your favourite framework.