React vs. other popular frameworks
|Easy to Learn?||Not Really||Yes||Yes|
|Easy to Set Up?||Not Really||Yes||Yes|
Easy to Drop in to Existing Projects?
3rd Party Library Integration Difficulty
Good for Large Scale Apps?
Good for Mobile Apps?
Large Community Support?
The main takeaways are:
- Compared to Angular, React has an easier learning curve, is less complicated to set up and drop in to existing projects, and better integrates with third-party libraries.
- Compared to Vue, React has wider community support, scales up more efficiently, and can better translate to mobile apps.
Like most new technologies, React has some drawbacks, too. We think they are minor but still worth mentioning:
- Potential ding to SEO: Out of the box, React components are all rendered in the browser which means there’s less for search engines to find when they crawl your site. This can be mitigated with server-side rendering of React, though.
Considering drawbacks, the costs that React presents may outweigh the benefits for straightforward, static sites.
Why agencyQ Likes React
We’ve had the chance to build some projects with React, and have really liked what we’ve seen so far. The ability to apply it selectively to specific components and pages within a site, rather than having to rebuild an entire site to work with it (a major drawback of Angular) was a huge reason for our decision to try React. Additionally, with React being created and maintained by Facebook for use in all of their applications, there is a dedicated (and paid!) support team behind React. This provides us with a little extra peace of mind that the project won’t disappear without notice. Lastly, React comes stock with lots of useful features, like “React Developer Tools,” to help us quickly spin up projects, easily debug them, and effortlessly optimize them.
React is a very usable and intuitive library. If you’re looking for a front-end library to use in the creation of widgets, rich applications, or even adding one of these interactive elements to an existing page, React is well worth considering.
*Credits: Daniel Thompson and Gretchen Ward also contributed to this post.