Development of Vue.js started all the way back in 2013 with the first versions coming out in 2014 and the production ready 1.0 version coming out in October of 2015. The first big break came when the Laravel community picked it over React and its popularity has been steadily growing ever since. The big advantages highlighted since the 1.0 release were:
And finally, the components. Especially handy for structuring more complex interfaces, they’re custom elements that get assigned specified behavior by the Vue.js compiler. Additionally they’re reusable, modular and can fit inside other components to form a tree representing your UI. Components have been one of the most powerful features of Vue since 1.0 so I’ll go into more detail on them next week.
In the following year Vue cracked the top 30 all-time ranking on GitHub and 1 million downloads on NPM. The next step was the release of Vue 2.0 in September 2016. Aside from the usual bug fixes, updates to documentation and API design, the new version focused on further improving Vue.js’s strengths.
As I mentioned previously Vue has been steadily growing more popular every year, now it has over 1.3 million users worldwide. This year could take it even further since the much anticipated Vue 3.0 was finally released on September 18th. Once again the focus is to build on its strengths as creator Evan You outlined Vue 3 is faster, smaller, more maintainable and easier to target native. Let’s take a look at the highlights:
Alongside the release there’s already some planned next steps for the final months of 2020 such as IE11 support and migration. For now it looks like Vue’s future is looking up and it might overtake the likes of Angular and React in the next few years. Even if it won’t, that’s still damn impressive for something, which as its creator stated, started out as just a side project to help him with his own work.
It’s almost unimaginable that Vue, which began as a side project of a Google developer, now shares the podium with top JS frameworks like React & Angular! Make sure to check out this inspiring Vue.js documentary by Honeypot:
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