Ember.js vs Vue.js: Which Javascript Framework Breaks the Jinx?

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Why Vue vs. Ember turns out to be the most hyped Javascript libraries? These’re more than just a new version of web client!

Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem and a big idea turn into an innovation. Vue.JS turns out a winner as it has a comparatively steep learning curve as compared to other frameworks. It is a progressive JavaScript Framework that adds interactivity to the website. Adding a view to a single ‘div’, Vue.JS takes some ideas from all modern JS frameworks. It comes with some optional tools to build user-interfaces and thus solves the hard problems of single-page apps incrementally. This is a strand in the narrative that one technology builds about oneself.

Reasons to Select a JavaScript Framework

The most important reasons for which people select a particular JavaScript Framework or when they are looking for the best client-side JavaScript MV* frameworks:

  • Transparency and explicitness of the code
  • A framework that can give more power with less code
  • A framework that provides a structure to work on, rather than how the work will actually be done
  • Does the framework support inbuilt function for routing or does it support routing as an add-on?
  • Does the application transfer enough data on full page load that makes it a single page app and which could bring significant benefits to the application?
  • In case developer decides to make use of single-page architecture, do the users require the ability to share the links to sub-screens within the interface? If this is so, then the framework must be able to route based on the URL.
  • Does the framework provide any special templating technology or as a free choice? A stricter templating option enables more interesting features like 2-way data binding and other custom components
  • Does the framework conflict with any of the 3rd party libraries?
  • In case AMD module loader like Require.JS is being used, it is to be checked if the framework is compatible with it?
  • How easy is to test the code that is produced within the framework?
  • Does the framework provide an HTTP client service for basic AJAX calls?
  • Is attached documentation complete and up to date?
  • All MV* frameworks are forward-looking and thus compatibility with the latest browser version is essential prerequisite to work

What is Vue.JS?

With clearest official documentation, the smallest code base, integrates well with Bootstrap and learning that it was backed by strong projects like Laravel and a big company like Alibaba,  getting started with Vue.JS is easier and helpful in enhancing legacy applications with no build process whatsoever:

  • Vue Components: Templating with HTML and pug is easy, scripting with Babel, TypeScript, CoffeeScript, and styling with SASS, LESS, Stylus.
  • It can be used to add modularized and asynchronous state management with ease.
  • It comes with its dev tools extension that helps you travel back in time and check all the previous states in addition to inspecting your components.
  • JS prototypes entire applications with vue-cli and prototype individual components.
  • It helps route well.
  • It assists in adding animations, transitions and isolated styles to the components.
  • It implements code splitting and server-side rendering for better initial load performance. As the views are rendered directly to the server, it can be easily indexed by search engines.
  • It can be used with any front-end stack.
  • It is lightweight.
  • It is a single-file component.
  • It supports inline templating and JSX.
  • Vue implements streaming server-side rendering.
  • Can be made even lighter. Templates can be compiled and minified to 12 KB.

What is Ember.JS?

Ember.JS on other hand is still an immensely competent framework and almost anything can be achieved with it. Ember.JS helps build the products instead of constantly configuring the stuff. Fast forward to today though Ember-cli has 95k weekly downloads, up from 75k a year ago. Sounds good? Hold in place – Vue has 330k weekly downloads!

It can be discerned that Ember’s magic has dimmed, big time, compared to its other JS framework counterparts. Let’s formalize our curiosity by sneaking at comparison below:

Ember.JS vs. Vue.JS

Decision Point

Vue.JS

Ember.JS

Stability Yes Not as good as Vue.JS.
Community Support Yes it has vast community support, is backed by Laravel and Alibaba The smaller community as compared to Vue.JS
Documentation It has enormous tutorials and updated documentation. An extensive amount of outdated tutorials on the web.
Learnability It’s easy to learn. It is difficult to learn.
Integrating with Bootstrap Yes
Code Base It is lightweight. It’s too big for small projects. It is a heavyweight. It’s suitable for both single page and big applications.
Coding Speed Fast
Reactivity Yes, Vue provides reactivity on plain JavasCript objects and fully automated computed properties. No, everything needs to be wrapped in Ember objects and dependencies have to be declared by making use of computed properties.
Component-Based Components are reusable Vue instances with a name. These components can be used as a custom element inside a root Vue instance. Template syntax of Vue.JS is capable of harnessing complete power of JavaScript expressions, including handlebars’ expression and helper syntax. Components in Ember.JS are used to turn markup text and styles into reusable content. It consists of two parts: A JavaScript component file and Handlebars template.
Performance Vue.JS outperforms Ember.JS and batches updates automatically. With Ember.JS one needs to manually manage run loops in performance critical situations. Even after its latest Glimmer engine update in Ember 3.x.
Tools to speed up development (Save time and deliver faster to production) Ember comes with its own debugging tool – Ember inspector Vue.JS comes with Bit, StoryBook, Vue dev, Vue Loader, Vue-CLI, Vue templates, and boilerplates.
Routing Vue router library can be used for single page applications. Routing is the central part of Ember applications. It enables developers to drive the application state from the URL.
Data Layer Axios can be used to display data from an API. Ember communicates with external API’s and manages application state consistently.

Synopsis

One needs to decide what they really want to do – whether they want to create a single page application or just an application? Is it just a presentation layer that is required or a complete structure of the view, models, and controllers? Comparing Ember vs. Vue, if an app is required then frameworks like Ember.JS is suitable. Other way round, if a website is required, Vue.JS is preferable.

After working with React.JS for 5 years and with Angular.JS for 8 years, Vue.JS comes as a fresh respite that actuates things swiftly. Knowing JavaScript is undoubtedly a huge advantage but Vue framework itself has some lucrative features to show things faster on screen.

See also: AngularJS vs NodeJS vs ReactJS: Which One Would You Choose?

Vue.JS is a fast and responsive framework for designing the website front-end. It is lightweight, clean, data-driven and reactive front-end ViewModel can assist in swift development. Vue.JS takes the center-stage as it provides the minimal functionality. But of course, they provide officially well-maintained tools and docs.

In this way, there are lots of things to think about and this is in no way a comprehensive list. There is a requirement to know more depending upon the constraints upon which a developer works and considers other qualities such as download size or rendering performance. But we hope that this list serves as a decent introduction to the basic issues worth thinking about. We take responsibility to set benchmarks, develop expertise in today’s transformational technologies and learn how the web application development technologies can specifically help your organization grow. Need help? Drop us a query and our team will reply as soon as they can!

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  • nullvoxpopuli

    Hello there,

    I want to clear up some misconceptions with Ember.

    To start with, and maybe as a disclaimer, I’ve been using ember for 4+ years, and React for 3 years, Angular for 1 year, and have looked into starting Vue.

    idk how much you’ve tried to use ember, or what resources you’ve used, so, at the risk of sounding like a smidge rude, I’m going to address some things that were mentioned here in this article that are misleading and in some cases wrong :-

    > client-side JavaScript MV* frameworks

    I don’t know if MV* is a thing anymore on the frontend (I’m sure it exists, just maybe not talked about?).

    – React is just component based, and doesn’t split out anything
    – Ember is component-service (no models, though, the popular data npm package, ember-data has models, but those are _api_ models

    > Ember-cli has 95k weekly downloads, up from 75k a year ago. Sounds good? Hold in place – Vue has 330k weekly

    Why is number of downloads a good metric to use? vue and react both are used willy nilly for small one-offs. They are typically used for different use cases.

    The Table:

    Stability: Not as good as Vue.JS? source? — ember has been the most stable _framework_ I’ve ever used. with their deprecation guides, and codemods that bring your coding style up-to-date with the latest, RFC process, and strict following of semver, there are never breaking changes in a non-major release.

    Community Support: Need numbers, stats, etc. (Also, while this one is true, not providing evidence is problematic)

    Documentation: the ember documentation and official guides are better than most of the outdated tutorials. ember’s official documentation is better than a lot of places, just gotta browse it.

    Learnability: difficult on what grounds? how? why? all ember is is components and services 🙂 The ember website is getting a make over soon to make this more apparent 🙂

    Integrating with bootstrap? ember install ember-bootstrap. done 🙂

    Code base: why is it heavyweight? what’s the difference between a single page app and a big application?

    Coding speed: I code faster in ember than I do in react. I spend maybe…. 90% of my coding time in react, and ember is *still* faster. also, fwiw, I’m saying react pretty much == vue, in this case, because they cover so much of the same use cases. But anyway, the reason why ember (for me) is way faster than anything else, is that I don’t need to glue anything together. Routing? done. Testing? done. Need to make an addon? done. Need acceptance / UI tests in my addon, done. All of this is done for me, and more. Ember is a full batteries-included framework, and modern angular is actually the only thing that comes close.

    Reactivity: Reactivity: what’s wrong with things being objects?

    though, to be fair, some of this is a known pain point, and it’s changing in the next month or two (officially). Today, you can just use native JS classes and native properties (native getters and setters), it’s just not yet documented.

    Also we are soon going to have the @tracked decorator, which will auto track things — mostly removing the need for computed where you need to specify dependent keys.

    Component Based: this is kind of a technicality, but… while components *are* two parts, the template part is not handlebars, ember templates are there own thing inspired by handlebars… and it’s a super set of HTML. so you can drop whatever HTML you get from a designer into a template, and it’ll just work. Also, everything you say about Vue is true of ember here as well.

    Performance: Vue also manages run loops. right now, every SPA lib has to implement a run loop. Buth Vue and Ember batch updates. The only reason ember is slower right now is due to ember being a much bigger framework (more features, is all I’m saying here). and there is also a bit of overhead with EmberObject, which will be going away soon when everything moves to native JS classes (officially)

    Routing: both are true for both?

    Data Layer: axios can be used with ember as well. same with fetch, GraphQL, etc.

    > After working with React.JS for 5 years and with Angular.JS for 8 years,

    Vue.JS comes as a fresh respite that actuates things swiftly. Knowing

    JavaScript is undoubtedly a huge advantage but Vue framework itself has

    some lucrative features to show things faster on screen.

    this is exciting news. I look forward to learning Vue. React-based projects bother me a fair amount with how much work they are to do basic things.

    > if an app is required then frameworks like Ember.JS is suitable. Other
    way round, if a website is required, Vue.JS is preferable.

    interesting, so you’re saying you’d still use Ember for apps? but Vue for static websites? why is that? (ember can be used to generate static websites with ember-fastboot and prember)

    Thanks for writing this article — it’s encouraged me to check out Vue (as opposed to React).

    Feel free to ask me any questions about ember if you have them, I’d love to answer anything. 🙂

    • Thanks nullvoxpopuli, for your contributions and technical reviews of this article.

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