Top 5 Pros and Cons of the Vue.js Framework

November 4, 2019 8:24 am

The story of Vue.js started when Evan You, a former Creative Technologist at Google was involved to build multiple UI prototypes right within a browser. To do that, he used useful features from other frameworks such as Angular1, React.js, etc.

The Idea to build an entirely new framework came to his mind when he used the declarative nature of Angular’s data binding feature to develop a simpler API. That’s how Vue started. 

“I figured, what if I could just extract the part that I really liked about React and build something really lightweight without all the extra concepts involved? I was also curious as to how its internal implementation worked. I started this experiment just trying to replicate this minimal feature set, like declarative data binding. That was basically how Vue started.” – Evan You

What is Vue.js?

Vue.js is a JavaScript framework that is best suitable to build single-page applications and web interfaces. Apart from building web interfaces, we can also employ Vue.js to build mobile apps (by using the Electron framework), async components, and much more.

In this blog post, we will dive into the top 5 pros and cons of the Vue.js framework. We will also compare the features of Vue.js with other frameworks to give you more understanding of its features.

pros and cons of vue.js

Pros of Vue.js Framework

1.Lightweight and fast

The entire Vue.js ecosystem is lightweight and fast, its production-ready build weighs only about 18 kb even after gzipping. Since Vue.js has one of the best speed parameters that are available today, It will be a wise decision to choose this framework for your project. 

Its smaller size stimulates runtime and could also speed up your development. Apart from that, it also allows developers to filter out templates to virtual DOM from the compiler. 

The below graph depicts the comparison of sizes of Angular,Vue.js and React.

2.Easy Integration 

Vue.js developers can easily integrate smaller parts of interactive parts of an app (components and views) into the existing infrastructure without affecting the entire system. Also, It can be easily integrated with other frameworks such as Angular, Reactjs, etc. Its code reusability enables developers to customize their projects according to their specific requirements. Moreover, developers will find it easy to use vue.js with a variety of JavaScript applications as its backend is written with JavaScript.

3.Improved Performance

Applications that are built on this framework have improved performance when compared with apps that are built on other frameworks. Vue.js achieves this by utilizing a virtual DOM. Simply put, 

we can think of virtual DOM as a copy (or screenshot) of the DOM at a given point of time. A new Virtual DOM representation of the UI is created, for every change in the Vue.js app.

4.Easy to learn

Vue.js can be easily picked up by anyone who has a basic understanding of  HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Furthermore, starting a project on the Vue platform is pretty much easier when compared with other frameworks. Because of its easy learning curve, most developers prefer   Vue.js over other JS frameworks such as Angular, React, and Jquery.

5. Highly Adaptable 

The architecture and design of Vue.js are pretty much similar to that of  Angular & React. Due to this reason, it will be easy for developers to switch from these frameworks to Vue.js. This makes vue.js one of the most adaptable frameworks that are available today. 

Cons of Vue.js Framework

1.Small Community

Vue is still a new and evolving language as it was initially launched five years before. Even though a good framework, Vue hasn’t gained enough popularity when compared to other frameworks such as Angular and React.

2.Lack of experienced developers

As we have mentioned above, Vue.js is a comparatively young technology that has just started to gain traction. So, we need to wait for some more years until it is adopted with plenty of experienced Vue.js developers. But this won’t be a major issue since developers can easily learn this without any hassle.

3.Not suitable for large scale-projects

Although vue.js have some advantages over other frameworks, we still cannot compare vue.js with more mature frameworks such as React and Angular. Most businesses prefer to use stable technologies that have strong community support so that issues can be resolved quickly.

4.Language Barrier

Another downside of Vue.js is that most of the code has been written in the Chinese language, as it was built by a Chinese-American. Yeah, Evan You is a Chinese-American!

So, if you are digging in for Vue content, you will encounter plugin descriptions, forum discussions, and instructions in Chinese. This can be annoying for English-speaking developers.

5.Libraries

The system components of Vue.js could sometimes become unstable as it’s library’s infrastructure is still at the beginner level. Due to this, inexperienced developers could make mistakes while integrating the version of Vue.js with their project.

Despite being a relatively new framework, Vue.js is powerful when it comes to developing better user-interface and single page web applications. However, there are plenty of other options to choose from, such as Angular development and React.js development. Vue.js has few disadvantages when compared to Angular and React with the lack of a strong community proving to be the biggest problem. Vue.js is a good framework if you choose it according to the requirement of your project. Since this framework is constantly evolving, it’s clear for us that it will continue to meet our expectations in the future. However, it is important to consider the pros and cons of the Vue.js framework before choosing it.


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