Stack Overflow Survey
In this overview by Stack Overflow shows, React and Angular set second and third, respectively. A year ago, Angular had the lead, instead of React. Yet, on the off chance that we think about the reactions from developers, Angular is positioned in the runner up, while React is in the third spot. Regardless of the quick advancement of Vue, this framework is just in the seventh situation in the rating.
The NPM Trends graph above tells us the downloads of each framework overs a timeframe. With this its very clear that the number of downloads for React is increasing significantly in comparison to other competitors. Vue is also picking up the pace gradually.
This is all about surveys. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of each.
Why Choose Angular?
Angular was a starting point for me where real coding(not HTML, CSS) was involved and it proved to be a great starting point. Comparing to other frontend frameworks Angular uses TypeScipt and its a bit mature. There is a large community base for angular. Angular also provides some great features like two-way data binding, dependency injection, MVC architecture, Angular CLI, TypeScript support, directives, etc.
Due to the larger bundle size than React And Vue, Angular has lost its popularity in the last few years. The reasons why React and Vue are booming is because Angular is not meeting the developer’s expectations with new updates, has limited SEO support, etc. But again angular has proved itself well in supporting many popular websites and web apps like the Guardian, Upwork, PayPal, and Sony.
In case you were wondering if Angular would be a good fit for your next project, I have laid out a few key instances where this framework would be most beneficial.
- You’re designing a progressive web application (PWA)
- You’re creating a large enterprise website or another large-scale project that involves a complex infrastructure
- You develop website applications that rely on dynamic content
- You’d like to upgrade outdated website application designs
- If you prefer TypeScript
Why Choose React?
React was released by Facebook in 2013 with the purpose of the division of the user interface into a set of components to simplify the development process. It took time for me to understand how React works in the background I watched a lot of tutorials, examples, etc then when I got a grip on React it proved to be much faster and easier than angular. React offers many advantages like a large community, support from Facebook, and better performance, reusable components, and SEO friendliness, etc.
JSX is the biggest barrier to React, it’s a little bit complex to understand, and the documentation is not that helpful. A lot of developers said manuals are difficult for newcomers’ understanding.
However, React can be a great framework on occasions such as the following:
- Creating SPA or cross-platform applications
- Dashboards or data visualization tools
- Developing small scale apps
Why Choose Vue?
A lot of developers have started using Vue because it is easier to learn than Angular and React and it is growing rapidly due to its small bundle size, detailed documentation, reusability of components, etc. The most significant feature is also the most insignificant- Flexibility, Giving your development team too many options might result in different programming approaches battling inside one team.
Yes, the framework is climbing the graph but here are some cons of using Vue like its small community, lack of support for large scale applications, Lack of experienced developers. However, there are some specified cases where Vue might be the best fit for you.
- To build small and light-weight applications (e.g. Grammarly)
- Works best if you are a lone wolf
Considering the current development and analysis we can say that React will be the best frontend framework in 2021, followed by Vue. But let’s not forget the Angular there are high chances that angular will come over its cons. If you are an Angular developer or you want to get into front-end development then React would be a great choice.