What is a framework?
Before starting to discuss the specific frameworks, let’s take a step back and analyze what is a framework.
A framework is a platform that provides certain structures and functionalities to the developer that is building an application (mobile application or web application). These structures and functionalities are used to control software or hardware.
Using a framework isn’t mandatory when you are developing an application, however, many developers use them because it can quicken their process a lot. However, it isn’t only a matter of speed and required effort: using a framework can boost the developer and their application performances because it prevents errors and optimizes the entire process. It’s not by chance that the giants in the sector of digital resources (Google, Facebook, and more…) not only use these frameworks but have also developed their own.
React, Angular, Vue, and Flutter are all open-source platforms. Some of them are very similar and some have peculiarities. In the following sections, we’ll explore what they are, and what they are used for.
What is React?
What is Angular?
Angular’s primary purpose is to develop single-page applications. The framework provides a standard structure for developers to work on and create large applications.
A structure like the one provided by the Angular framework can boost development speed and efficiency. Furthermore, it boosts the application performance because it reduces the chances of incurring errors.
What is Vue?
What is Flutter?
Flutter is an open-space development kit developed by Google. The main peculiarity of Flutter, when compared to other frameworks in this article, is the Hot Reload feature. With this feature, developers can obtain reload times within seconds without losing control over simulators, hardware, and emulators.
Why should you choose React?
React is very flexible and can be used for many purposes. However, its main use is generally aimed at the development of dynamic apps. For simpler applications, other options could optimize better your work, but if you need to create dynamic apps, or if you need a flexible framework that you can use repeatedly, then React is the best option of all.
Why should you choose Angular?
As we’ve mentioned, Angular has been specifically built and developed for single-page application development. If this is what you are building as a developer, then your choice is easy: opt for the Angular framework and start building from it.
What is Vue used for?
Vue is usually used by developers to create dynamic single-page applications: applications that dynamically update the page components instead of loading completely new pages.
However, developers usually pick Vue as their framework when they are not sure of the entity of their project. When you start developing an application, you are not always aware of how complex it is going to turn out. Because Vue is very scalable and can be suitable for very simple projects and more complex ones. Vue is the go-to option when you need to start little, but you don’t want to be forced to change your framework when (or if) your project becomes more complex.
What is Flutter used for?
Flutter is mainly used to create beautiful and advanced UI (User Interface) and deliver user-friendly applications to the public. If user-friendliness is your priority, then you should opt for Flutter as a basic framework to work on.