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How Much Has Vue.js Grown in 2019?

If you are interested in reading this article, then you're probably keen on finding out how the year 2019 is shaping out for the Vue framework. It is a well-known fact among developers all over the world that the Vue framework has seen a sharp rise in popularity over the past couple of years due to consistent updates as well as the incessant support from its creators and the extended developer community. With each month, Vue.js is slowly growing from strength to strength, inching closer to the likes of Angular and even React with regards to popularity and the scope for utilization in business applications.The State Of Vue.js In 2019Although close to 97,000 websites are currently estimated to be using the Vue.js framework, this is still far behind React which is apparently being used in about 150,000 websites today. But with Angular accounting for only 24,000 websites, it is clear that Vue.js isn't far behind the frontrunner, React JS, steadily gaining in popularity both among IT firms and the developer community.When it comes to NPM downloads, December of 2018 was by far the best month for Vue.js as there were reportedly over 2 million downloads of the Vue package during this period. React had a remarkable 2018, grossing over 14 million downloads in the month of October alone. The sheer increase in the number of developers wishing to learn Vue.js over other popular front-end frameworks is incredible. The numbers prove that Vue.js is on its way to becoming the most popular JavaScript around, even more, popular than the Polymer, Ember, and Amber.


The Appeal Of The Vue FrameworkFirstly, the thing that developers are attracted to the most is that the Vue framework has fairly straightforward documentation that is easy to follow and quite simple to learn. Developers love the fact that they can create high-performance as well as lightweight applications using Vue, in addition to the robustness that it also provides.How Will 2019 Pan Out For Vue? 2019 is expected to be a big year for Vue.js development. Apparently, the Vue codebase is presently being written using TypeScript. If you're thinking this is just another hoax, it's not! The entire framework is being rewritten from top to bottom. Much like the Vue framework itself, TypeScript has also been growing in leaps and bounds over the last few years. TypeScript accounted for more projects on GitHub than Shell, Ruby, C, and others in 2017 and 2018. A recent survey conducted by StackOverflow shows that TypeScript is ranked 12th in the list of the most popular programming languages among the developer community. Many developers consider TypeScript to be easier to learn and debug than JavaScript because they feel like they possess total control over each variable, array, etc used in their code as well as the static type checking nature (which is quite similar to Java).

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Developers have also found that using TypeScript also results in fewer bugs and improved readability (especially important in the case of large teams where your code has to be easy-to-understand and clear to other coders) owing to the fact that the language does not make use of type coercion. If you are a Vue developer that you needn't concern yourself too much with TypeScript (as TypeScript is supposedly a variant of ECMAScript) and can continue to use JavaScript for your projects. However, if you wish to make contributions or changes to the Vue code, then learning and using TypeScript is a must.

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Using TypeScript, Is It Advantageous?If you're feeling apprehensive about the Vue.js framework's migration, don't be! Not only is Vue 3 expected to be much faster than Vue 2 but the source code will also become more maintainable as the size of the entire Vue package will be reduced from 20kb to under 10 kb, which is phenomenal. The TypeScript for Vue is also going to be improved significantly for Vue 3.Other Improvements To Expect

  • Virtual DOM

One of the major changes that will witnessable in the upcoming Vue 3 is the dramatic improvement in the performance of the Virtual DOM. The Vue's application boot-up speed is expected to nearly double as a result of this change. Apart from the drastically reduced boot-up time, the static tree hoisting, static prop hoisting along with a few other aspects, are also expected have reduced compile times.

  • Observers

It is believed that the latest version of the Vue framework will bring with it completely improved property observations, owing to the fact that Vue 3 will feature a proxy-based observer which takes care of some of the limitations in earlier versions of the framework. With Vue 3, developers will soon be able to seamlessly track all changes, such as the appending or deletion of a property, mutation of array indexes, lengths, etc.

  • Debugging

Debugging is also expected to get a whole lot easier in the soon-to-be-released Vue 3. Developers will be able to seamlessly identify any component that is re-rendering with the help of hooks such as renderTracked, renderTriggered, and more.Apart from the above-mentioned improvements to the Vue framework, Vue 3 will also feature optimized slots generation, which allows for parent and child nodes to be re-rendered separately. IE11 support and Platform Agnosticism (native projects such as Weex and NativeScript Vue that are much easier to render) are some of the other improvements that one can look forward to. The simplicity of the Vue framework along with all these mentioned improvements is sure to fuel its growing popularity in the developer community, making it a strong and worthy adversary to giants such as Angular and React JS.What The Future Holds For The Vue FrameworkAlthough the release of Vue 3 might be pushed into 2020 instead of this year, one thing is for certain - the effects of the changes to the framework will not be felt until 2020. As these new features and the improved performance begins to make waves in the developer community, it is only a matter of time before the Vue framework becomes widely adopted by organizations worldwide. It is also safe to presume that conventional maintenance activities will continue even after the release of Vue 3. Developers can also expect Vue 3 to be constantly updated with new and improved features over time, just as with Vue 2 (which saw features being added even two years after it was released).ConclusionNot only is the Vue framework fun to learn and extremely easy to use, the sheer amount of resources available its creators and the support community that surrounds it, make Vue.js a must-try for your next project! A number of CTO from top-tier and mid-range companies have attested to the fact that once their developers started using Vue, they didn't want to go back to their old frameworks. Vue.js is phenomenal in that it causes even the most hard-core programmers (who are the most staunch users of other frameworks) to develop an affinity and comfort with it, that is not witnessable with any other framework. So if you are looking to make changes to the way your developer team functions at present, then you might seriously want to consider mixing things up by introducing Vue to them.If you are a developer who has heard about the many advantages of the Vue framework over other popular JavaScript frameworks and is keen on using it, then this is the best time to do so! Despite all the new features and drastic changes that are expected to be made to Vue 3, the framework is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, it is only a matter of time before it passes React in terms of popularity.

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