Why using Vue.js as your next software will be a game changer

Vue.js, Angular or React? Which software should I use to develop an impressive homepage, what are the advantages and why are companies opting to use web applications instead of websites? We asked ourselves the same questions and have put together this blog post to show our findings. In this post, we’ll be sharing insights with you on this new technology and providing you with a reliable source to learn more about vue.js. You’ll learn the advantages of working with this framework and understand why we feel the need to spread the word about this phenomenal piece of new technology.

We are here to reach more individuals that may not have heard of this software and show you why it’s worth giving a closer look so you’re in for a fast, interesting read.

It usually takes hours of research and background knowledge to understand such a complex subject and there is a vast selection of information and guides out there so we thought we’d explain it in a short, non-technical (as far as that’s possible) way and it won’t cost you a thing – other than a few minutes of your time.

Let’s dive right in.

What is Vue.js?

On their website, Vue.js describes the software as a progressive JavaScript framework. First of all, we need to understand what JavaScript frameworks are used for and what JavaScript actually is. For all those that have no experience or knowledge about JavaScript (JS) frameworks, Vue is the perfect first encounter with one.

JavaScript is an easy, globally known programming language mainly used for HTML and the Web that grants you access to a simple way to build interactive websites. JavaScript frameworks are a compilation of JavaScript code libraries, which enable developers to get hold of existent JS code to then use for conventional programming features and tasks – simply put: a framework to build websites or web applications around.

Progressive Web Apps

We at ClickOn use Vue to develop the newest up and coming software: Progressive Web Apps (PWA). The biggest names in tech have been working on developing their own applications with this glorious new invention and here’s why:

Through web apps, users experience an app-like interface in a web browser.

Coding Tech created a cool video explaining what PWA’s are and their key components. Check it out here:

Web apps and websites are similar but at the same time completely different.

Let’s take two well-known examples of both to simplify this explanation:

Wikipedia is a website we all know well. You click on a link to switch the page and everything is reloaded. We’ve all been in the situation where you have a low internet connection and the page takes ages to load. According to Google, 53% of users will abandon a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load and that’s where PWA’s come in. If you surf on the Spotify web application, it only fetches what you need and dynamically updates the page without constant reloads, which makes it much faster and also easier to use. Web applications allow users to receive push notifications when the app isn’t open or offline and ultimately creates a unique user experience. After countless hours of working and gathering valuable experience with this software, we can agree that PWA’s are the way to go.

Why choose Vue.js?

There are countless JavaScript frameworks available so why choose Vue? The software was created by Evan You during his time at Google working on another well-known framework called Angular as he had the need to create a more performant application and that was the birth of Vue. Vue is similar to Angular but differentiates itself through its simplicity. For those familiar with the range of frameworks the next biggest option is React. Vue actually implemented a few great ideas from React, such as the Virtual DOM (which is a perplexing programming concept) but it simplified many functions to create an easier way to design and code websites and web applications. Unlike other imposing frameworks, Vue is designed from the ground up to be incrementally adoptable.

3 advantages of using Vue.js

  • Simplicity: With basic knowledge of code it's easy to understand and to develop web applications
  • Flexibility: Allows users to integrate the software with existing applications also built in JavaScript
  • Rapidity: The notably small size of the framework (18-21 KB) guarantees its swiftness and compactness
Daniel Beltzer
Lead Software Developer

At ClickOn, we used to do things the traditional way to programme websites for customers until we started using vue.js during a test phase after a recommendation by our research and development department. According to our developers who have adapted Vue in their recent projects, they are beyond satisfied with its features and can recommend it to fellow programmers. It stands out from the competition by focusing on the important aspects a developer needs and makes working with it a genuine pleasure. 

“By using Vue.js our team has been able to direct our focus to writing clean and maintainable code for our Web Apps which in turn both significantly enhanced our users’ web experiences and enabled our developers to code better.”

Picture it as your favourite co-worker in the office that makes going to work every day more enjoyable. With its small size, easy concept and flexibility, it beats any framework we’ve worked with before and is the reason why we at ClickOn are adapting it as a new standard. 

The takeaway

Now that was a lot of new information to absorb, so we’ll leave you with the most important pointers:

  • Vue.js is a progressive framework to build websites or web applications around
  • The main advantages are its flexibility, approachability and rapidity
  • Progressive Web Apps developed with Vue.js create a more satisfying user experience

The current technological advancement is enabling software like Vue.js to improve on a daily basis and we’re progressively working on improving our know-how to ultimately enrich our clients’ experience whilst working with us.
We hope to have been of some help to you and that you have a simple understanding for the JavaScript framework!
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, we’re always happy to help.