Vue vs React: Best Choice for Startups

Vue vs React: Best Choice for Startups

December 9, 2020 | 3 min read

A former front-end student (Zoe *) recently sent me an email and I really wanted to understand why I chose to encode Swimm using Vue.Js instead of React:

“I just have one question for you: Why Vue?[...] I hope you're not rolling your eyes thinking - “ah no, another question about Vue”. Although knowing you and your passion, I'm sure you have a pretty strong opinion that could swallow me into becoming a Vue fan without even knowing it.”

Vue.js has gained a reputation as an acute mandatory system in recent years, but developers often wonder what the fuss is, how it applies to them, and what web system they should choose for their product.

While there may be some excitement about the release of Vue 3 in the third quarter of 2020, Vue has been gaining traction for a few years now, and it was only a matter of time before larger companies like Netflix, Behance, Grammarly, Alibibaba, GitLab and others.  However, according to the developer of Stackoverflow 2020, React.js is still the most popular web system.

Vue.js v React in a Nutshell

I used Vue for the first time on IM Creator, a product I originally created with JQuery, and Vue had a breath of fresh air on my face. It was easy to use and advanced because it allowed me to use the system for specific details every time, without huge migrations. Then, for example, I can create a list in Vue, but the rest is left in the old JQuery.

With Swimm (a new developer product) it wasn't just an issue. PoC started with Vue.js and has since released a self-service beta. Nowadays, start-ups have many advantages, especially over React:

Vue is light and flexible. This means that it is more like a library than at all. You can try it out in small applications first before using it all.

Vue is less intrusive than React and is much easier to register. The components and structure of the Vue project are similar to React projects, each with a different architecture and implementation. I believe you can easily learn about Vue structures, which speeds up setup time for any developer who is learning a new database. Vue becomes easier to maintain. This is especially true for smaller products.

Readability is key - Vue is based on the basics of the web and is more readable than React. HTML / css and JS are separate, while Reacta is all JS.

India at its core. Despite my personal opinion, many developers appreciate tools that technology giants (such as React powered by Facebook and Angular by Google) don’t support but grow out of the community, which is why they are so highly tailored to the needs of developers.

When Tramps Vue.js responds:

React is still in industry demand. This can be a problem for young programmers. From my recent experience hiring Swimm as a growing development team, hiring Vue is still tough as React continues to be popular. Also, even if several of the large companies took it, it is still part of the side projects and not the main product. That's why ITC.tech web development training program, I created a react-based training program.

Flexibility in some respects. React is still able to separate component visibility and component maintenance - and it still offers more flexibility.

Documents are light years. React release is fast, and react documents are extensive and detailed. Try browsing all 500 question pages on React on Stackoverflow.

To Sum it Up: A Note to Zoe

“ Hi Zoe,

I chose Vue for many reasons.

It is easy to integrate into existing projects (That was my need the first time I used Vue)

It is has a more readable syntax

It's really reactive (no need to explicitly call the set function)

It is not maintained by a big company (Facebook / Google)[...]

Give it a try :)”

No doubt, there is always a compromise. The lessons learned reflect my personal views and insights gained from working with a number of start-ups and alongside many technology clients. As always, you need to do in-depth research to ensure that the system best suits your business situation. But if you’re looking for a flexible, non-enterprise solution, Vue has proven to be easy to learn, scalable, and easy to use, and is backed by a strong community that meets the needs of other developers.