Some days ago, at the office, we were discussing which technology/framework should we use in a new project so we could build a really cool front-end. Several ideas were tossed on the table, Angular and React being the most familiar sounding words for everyone. I then said: “Why don’t we use Vue instead?” and as you might’ve guessed everyone was like “Whaaaaaaaat?”
Ok then, I shall explain this for those of you who might be sharing those same feelings as my co-workers. I came around the name of “Vue” right when 2016 was starting and I had some spare time to research about new tech. I had been getting into the world of One Page Applications due to a personal project I started in 2015 and by then I chose Angular just because it was mainstream and really liked it, although it took me some time getting used to. When I started looking about Vue, I felt empowered by how friendly it was to a newcomer like me (mostly thanks to the awesome Guide they provide), how simple it was to define components and whole pages, or integrate them with other frameworks.
I’ve been using it for a year already, Vue2 was born during that time only to make things better, and little by little a “Personal project” became my most trusted resource when developing front-end.
Look, I’m not trying to sell you Vue, it’s open source and you can collaborate with it, use it freely and even make money from applications based on it, that’s up to you. I’m just trying to make sure you don’t judge things by the noise you hear everywhere. Here are some reasons why Vue is awesome:
In the above example, every time x is modified, doubleX will be refreshed. No dirty checking or polling. Simple and performant.
Well, I can only answer you like this: If you have a child, who do you think will care about him/her more? You, or a multinational company? A similar situation happens with Vue, since it’s Evan You’s creation, I’m pretty sure he will do amazing things now that he has the support of a team fully committed to Vue.
Also… have you realized Vue is Twice as popular as Angular? And is pretty close to React? At the moment of this writing, Angular has 20782 stars in github, Vue has 43557 and React 59955. 2 weeks ago, Vue had roughly 40500 stars. See where I’m going? It’s not like Github stars are an absolute measure of popularity or use, but it’s a lead and a good one at that.
Vue so far has convinced me it has the means to stand up for itself in an ever-competitive scene such as the front-end frameworks one. Every day many sub-frameworks arise (such as the awesome vue-material) and small components to make your life easier, the ecosystem relying on Vue grows as much as products using it.
I, for one, will continue mixing it in everything I do while I can, because I consider it the most honest effort to make developers life easier. I also hope by now you understand Vue is a thing, and one to take into account when making a decision.
Next time, when Vue sounds near you, I really hope you don’t say “Whaaaaaaaat?”