re: Why the React community is missing the point about Web Components VIEW POST


I think web components are the future, but sadly not the present.

I read, Google switched many of its websites to the new Polymer framework, and they became unusable with Firefox on MacOS. I'm going to use the platform when it's finally usable until then it's React for me.

Also, React plays a much bigger game than being just a front-end framework for the web. While the web is still the most significant chunk of that game, there are many more platforms the React team has in mind when planning.

I don't know what the future brings. Some people say hooks are one step on the way to make React web components ready in the future, and the React-Native team works on opening their platform for other frameworks, like NativeScript did. Maybe React-Native will stay in the game, but with something different on top, who knows.


Yeah, these read as contradictory to me

Today, Web Components are Widely Supported

the Edge team has announced their intent to ship

"Intent to ship" means "not currently supported." I've been hearing about how web components are right around the corner for the entire time I've been paid to write React code.

I don't disagree with the premise; web components are likely to be a superior implementation for the "leaves" of an application. Buttons, dropdowns, checkboxes, etc, would be much easier to use if we could do <custom-checkbox onChange={handleChange} /> within React.

The YouTube performance/stability problems that I saw demonstrate to me that they're not truly usable yet, though, and I have concerns that they'll be outdated and difficult to use by the time they're supported across all modern browsers. The can I use page for them says to me that it's still a long way off.

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