Why we love Vue.js

By Erin Hastings

Why use Vue.js

Modern frontend web development is famously, if not notoriously, dynamic and complex. There is a myriad of libraries, frameworks, architectures, principles, and approaches from which to choose. While these options make for an exciting landscape for developers, the competing alternatives can be overwhelming for a business seeking efficient and practical solutions.

We always aim to pick the right tool for our clients' needs, and we often find that Vue.js stands head and shoulders above other frontend technologies. Here are some of the features we love -- and we think you'll love, too -- about this expressive, reactive Javascript framework.

Vue.js is flexible.

Vue.js is often described as the "progressive" framework. In practice, this means that it can be introduced into a project or codebase in various manners -- that is, as a standalone script, as a traditional or Inertia.js single-page application (SPA), as a server-side rendered (SSR) application, via the Vue-based Nuxt "meta-framework", and more! This versatility facilitates graceful, and even gradual, adoption, allowing for a cost-effective approach to migrating to modern frontend workflows. More importantly, Vue's adaptability empowers us to deliver made-to-order implementation strategies that can support each project's unique requirements around complexity, interactivity, and state management.

Vue.js is stable and dependable.

Vue has been consistently supported and fine-tuned since its original release in 2014. It has millions of monthly downloads, millions of global users, and has been implemented in numerous production projects, including by such companies as Google, Microsoft, and Apple. While this widespread adoption is impressive in and of itself, it actually has tangible value in the field when it comes to making sound choices around a technical stack. Indeed, Vue's decade of real-world usage and steady, thoughtful development bolsters our confidence -- and the confidence of our clients -- in the framework's performance, security, and reliability, all of which help to ensure we are creating web-based solutions that are both maintainable and sustainable for the long haul.

Vue.js is constantly improving.

Although Vue.js has reached maturity as a technology, this is not to say that it has become stale or stagnant. To the contrary, Vue.js is constantly evolving to support the ever-changing topography of both the browser and the web. This includes the introduction of new features and capabilities (such as Teleport and Suspense), improvements to performance and the rendering process, a growing ecosystem of official libraries (e.g. Pinia and Vue Router), and a healthy diversity of developer-focused tooling. These improvements, beyond ensuring that the framework stays relevant, adaptable, and future-proof, also empower us to create cutting-edge, lightning-fast, feature-rich web applications for both our clients and their customers.

Vue.js has a strong community.

Vue.js is a collaborative endeavor, shaped by a large and engaged team of independent contributors. While this certainly isn't a requirement for a given technology to be the best fit for a codebase, Vue's robust community delivers several meaningful advantages. At a minimum, it facilitates troubleshooting via official and unofficial support channels, encourages the creation of and easy access to learning materials and documentation, and fosters the development of an enormous range of third-party packages and libraries.

These qualities translate to real benefits for developers in that they enable us to lean on community insight around and solutions to common technical challenges. In practical terms, this means that we spend less time on run-of-the-mill technical minutia and are able to focus instead on what often matters most to our clients: building delightful, effective, and cost-efficient technical solutions for their individual business problems.

Conclusion

This brief list only scratches the surface of why and what we love about Vue.js!

What's more, while Vue is certainly able to stand on its own as a formidable frontend technology, it can also integrate seamlessly and flexibly with Laravel – another of our favorite tools – engendering a comprehensive solution to building dynamic, interactive, and modern full-stack web applications.

If you're eager to explore what Vue.js has to offer and how it can meet the needs of you and your business, we'd love to speak with you.

Erin Hastings
Web Application Developer
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