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Vue vs React: Which JavaScript framework to choose and why?

  • Sheryl Jones
  • January 6, 2022
Vue vs React: Which JavaScript framework to choose and why?

First off, let’s all agree to leave the debate about whether React is a library or framework for another day (and article). With the software and web development boom, there has been a proportionate increase in programming languages and their frameworks. As far as web and app development goes, the battle is usually between Vue vs React vs Angular. In this guide, we’ll be comparing the first two on the list.

So let’s cut right to the chase. If your team is experienced, run with React; else, choose Vue. 

Side note: unless specifically mentioned, “React” refers to ReactJS, not React native.

ReactJS Frontend framework

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Here’s the TLDR — being a relatively new technology, Vue has both a smaller team and user base backing it, as well as a smaller community. 

That is the main reason that we feel that ReactJS is the better “one size fits all” option for your development needs.

As with all other things, there are caveats to that statement. Perhaps the following summarization table will help:

Choose React ifChoose Vue if
Your project needs a bonafide mobile appYour project is extremely time-limited.
You have experienced Java developers

on your team.

our development team is composed mostly
of junior-level coders / HTML developers.
You plan on developing a Single Page Application
(SPA) or if you have a rather complex project.
Your project isn’t too complex, or if the load
and render times are your number one priority.
(If you need the best speeds, go with Vue).
You prioritize flexibility.You prioritize simplicity.
You’re just building a barebones project right now
but plan on adding significantly more elements
and functionalities to it in the future.
You have a completed project at the ready and
want to migrate it to new technology but need
a quick turnaround before the project needs to
go live again.

That said, here are the main comparatives to consider when choosing between the two (somewhat of a “deep-dive”, you can say):

1. Documentation

Winner: Tie – Vue has better source documents, but React has a better community.

TLDR: Vue’s out-of-the-box documentation is all that most professionals would ever need whereas React’s online community has probably already answered any questions you may have.

Details: React’s documentation section (accessible here) introduces the user to the basics of using ReactJS, and a few advanced concepts. The problem is that the official documentation for React does not cover a full overview of the ReactJS universe.

Vue’s documentation on the other hand (accessible here), is one of the best in the industry. There is very little you would want to know that is not covered in the base Vue developer guides.

However, note that React has a superior online community (about 353k questions have been tagged with “ReactJS” on Stackoverflow).

React has a much larger user base, and is backed by a dedicated team at Facebook Inc., which translates into loads more online courses, tutorials, and support guides and groups.

Vue vs React

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2. The talent pool

Winner: React

TLDR: It’s much easier to hire React developers for your project as opposed to Vue since they are much easier to find. 

On average, you’d also have to pay a Vue developer a 10% hike in comparison to a React developer.

Details: The painstaking research for this point entailed looking through, and comparing the active job listings on most major classifieds for the developers for React and Vue.

We figured that while we were at it, might as well compare the developer’s average salary packages too.

Here’s what we found out:

ReactVue
69,000+ Active listings on Indeed.10,000 Active listings on Indeed.
20,000+ active listings on Glassdoor4,000 Active listings on Glassdoor
USA average salary: $85,578 / year.USA average salary: $92,500 / year.
Remote salary: ~ $33600 / year.Remote Salary: $55,000+ / year.

(Not much information was available, but trawling through Indeed Canada, We saw that remote Vue devs were being paid about $55k – 80k per year) PS: ($55k Canadian = $43k)

 

3. Support and third-party additionals

Winner: React

TLDR: React is backed by Facebook and has a massive online community, meaning more third-party extensions, packages, and tools.

Details: Vue is no slouch, but when it comes to the sheer amount of raw tools and functionalities available (currently), ReactJS emerges as the clear winner in terms of numbers.

Caveat: React’s online community is a bit more disorganized than Vue’s, but the only difference is that you’ll have to spend a bit more time looking for the answer you want.

Another thing to remember is that all IDE’s support the use of Vue, just not as much as they support ReactJS. 

Translation: For now, most IDE’s prefer ReactJS.

4. Scaling your project

Winner: React

TLDR: Both React and Vue can be used to create excellent SPAs as well as multi-page applications, but React just does it a little better.

Details: Sure, you’ve got a kick-ass project ready, but how long before you need to upgrade it?

Now, when it comes to frontend development, “scaling” can mean one of two things: expanding and extending your Single Page Application (SPA), or adding more pages to a multi-page project.

ReactJS ScalabilityVueJS Scalability
Works extremely well for both multi-page
applications as well as huge SPA’s.
Can be used to build large SPAs, but is better
suited to multi-page interactive projects. (
what it was designed for).
You can use the create-react-app, available
on Facebook’s Github page.
Its base scaffolding can make use of build system technologies such as Webpack Babel, and Browserify.
Needs external routing solutions like
Flux or Redux.
Needs external routing solutions and form
validators too.

As mentioned earlier, Vue can be used to build large-scale SPAs, the same way that a gunny-sack can be used as a backpack.

The question is, which one does it better? And in our case, the answer is — React.

Besides, by the time your project starts getting really extensive, reusing HTML templates becomes about as painful as an ingrown nail.

In contrast, JavaScript XML (JSX) allows for the reuse of components of your code, sort of like lego bricks. 

You can use and call them again and again, as many times as you need. This reusability factor alone makes React the better choice, keeping scalability in mind.

Vue vs React

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5. The implications if you want a mobile application

Winner: React

TLDR: While Vue has things like Capacitor, Vue Native, and NativeScript, ReactJS still remains the undisputed champion when it comes to cross-platform development.

Note — Vue Native is no longer maintained, but is still usable.

Details: React allows the developers to reuse 99.99% of their JavaScript application code and utilize that in building an Android or iOS app that features React-like elements.

Translation: If you use react, with minimal re-coding, a developer can create companion apps for their users that look, feel, and perform like native iOS or Android apps.

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The Verdict

In the end, it all comes down to your preferences. 

While both platforms seem to have particular benefits in certain use cases, most industry professionals (except Vue devs) would lean towards ReactJS for now. 

That said, VueJS seems to be catching up in the race between the two and is already outperforming ReactJS in terms of outright performance and SSR (Server Side Rendering), albeit by only a slim margin in both cases.

But, given that Vue is so much newer than React and is backed by crowdfunding as opposed to React’s multibillion-dollar parent company Facebook, the feat is that much more impressive in my eyes.

And some would also tell you that React has a better community of contributors and an easy-to-find talent. Ultimately, however, it’s about picking the best among plenty of options. If you need help hiring a ReactJS Developer for your business, contact us today!

Long story short: React wins, for now. 

Sheryl Jones

Sheryl Jones

Account Manager
She strongly believes "Learning is the only treasure that will follow you everywhere."