Well, to put it short — experience. As we mentioned earlier, in a typical case the development of an MVP considers two main aspects: the product should be delivered as soon as possible to ensure the best time-to-market, and it should be cost effective as well.
Vue.js is a JS library that provides developers to build web applications using the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) architectural pattern. At first look, it might seem pretty similar to Angular. But right after the team starts working with it, it becomes quite apparent that Vue is easy to learn. It has simpler patterns, which ensures easy code writing and reading. And it’s not to mention framework’s flexibility and low weight. But there are no pros without cons: due to its young age, framework’s libraries are not sophisticated enough.
To ensure a visibility of the research, we decided to equip the investigation with the rank table. The rating was scaled from grade 1 to grade 5, where one stood for “bad” and five means “excellent.” Let’s take a deeper dive into researched frameworks. Among rating categories engineers picked Learning curve, Function Library, Plugins support, and Speed/Weight. You can access the Dictionary to get the definitions of these words.
Expert rating scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high).
Learning curve — the rate of a person’s progress in gaining experience or new skills.
Function Library — support and availability of built-in functionality required for the project
Plugins support — availability and accessibility of supported plugins.
Speed, weight — data processing speed, the weight of the product itself and project written with it.
There is no winner, how about that? Every framework that we considered in the research is a good candidate to play a role of a platform for the development of front-end part of an MVP.
In some cases, it would be better to go with the Angular 2, when in other situations this option will bring less benefit than, say, Vue.js. So, as you may guess, it depends. Thus you should carefully check your primary goal, the expertise of the team before actually applying some particular option.
Regarding learning curve, Angular 2 is the most complicated framework. If your development team consists of junior-to-middle specialists or those who did not work with the Angular 2 before, there can be issues in project timely delivery. Moreover, speed/weight of this framework is not that great, as well as the support of plugins. On the other hand, Angular 2 has sophisticated and extensive function library, which can be considered its primary advantage. To put it short, Angular 2 is a great option for teams which have an experience in working with this framework.
Meanwhile, Vue.js can be considered in the future as a #1 competitor of much popular Angular 2. Creating components with VueJS is easy, while its API and template system assure simplicity in the usage. As ReactJS, VueJS has the proposed components. Vue.js will become big enough soon if they keep on track with their simple, predictable, and smart product. Also, the functional library should be extended to gain more popularity.
React.js is a good choice as well. However, it’s more complicated for learning than the Vue.js. While it’s a good choice for an app performance improvement, it’s not that great regarding its weight. Moreover, React is using inline templating and JSX, which can seem awkward to some developers.