Ember vs. Vue: Which Framework Suits You?

Ember and Vue are the two fastest-growing JavaScript frameworks right now. With Ember releasing its version 3.7 this year and Vue’s version 3 slated to come out later in the year, the popularity of both frameworks has been increasing rapidly.

Medium highlights how this popularity is because maintaining JavaScript is challenging and time-consuming. Updating a single line of code can result in around 11 updates on the UI. JavaScript is one of the most in-demand forms of programming with Yoss reporting that 72% of tech workers use the coding language. With many coders using it, there is a huge demand for programs that can simplify the language. This wide user base is the reason why JavaScript frameworks like Ember and Vue are the most employed tools by coders. It significantly reduces the amount of code that needs to be written, which in turn reduces the chance of mistakes that would cause the UI to be out of sync with the data.

Frameworks allow coders to build components that combine to form a web app. Because these components are responsible for the data they require, this cuts down coding time as not everything has to be defined.

Vue and Ember are two of the easiest frameworks to learn and use. With well-structured guides and great API documentation, the two are thriving despite having no single company backing them up. Other competitor frameworks are owned and updated by giant companies, which is why they have a much higher user base and are seen as more sustainable. React was developed by Facebook, while Angular was developed by Google and uses Microsoft’s TypeScript.

If you want to streamline your coding efficiency, which should you use? Vue or Ember?

1. Vue

Developed by Evan You and released in 2014, Vue is an open-source front-end JavaScript framework designed to possess both the advantages of React and Angular. Similar to React, it renders components to a virtual DOM, and like Angular, binds data with the components and relies on the existing components already found in the DOM.

With a smaller ecosystem and faster rendering, Vue is preferred by most compared to Ember. One of its best uses is when you want to update an older web application to a modern engine for the simplest integration process. Its simple code structure also allows for users to discover errors much quicker, as well as providing more flexibility for developers.

The dependence on the core framework remains the biggest source of skepticism for its user base. While most Vue users are in China, the most used PHP framework Laravel encourages its users to develop with Vue.

2. Ember

Ember is a very huge and versatile front-end framework created by Yehuda Katz, a core member of popular JavaScript library JQuery. While Ember doesn’t have a single company backer, corporations like Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Bustle are some of its biggest users.

Ember calls itself ‘the framework for the ambitious coders,’ as it targets startups that need the vast range of options that it offers. As a DZone infographic comparing JavaScript frameworks points out, Ember self-configures many aspects if you don’t define them yourself. With fast loading speeds and simpler codes, Ember is popular with newly designed web applications that need very complex components.

Ember offers high productivity and scalability with its numerous added layers. While it’s the most organised framework out there, it also means it has less flexibility, in addition to sometimes breaking CSS+ styles already rendered into the code.

3. Verdict

By most benchmarks, Vue is a clear winner from a technical standpoint. While Vue suffers from a lack of institutional support, many developers prefer its utility and high productivity. And with the release of Vue 3.0, Packt reveals that it will have a cleaner and a more maintainable source code.

On the other hand, with the scalability it affords, there are plenty of practical use cases where Ember comes out better. Ember, for one, continues to enjoy a huge package ecosystem that delivers more powerful add-ons. With the developers’ promised release of Ember Octane this year, it will be faster and smaller.

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