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Discussion on: Vue or React?

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Nathaniel

Progressive Enhancement is the reason.

At it's heart a website is an html document, and for functionality that can't be done with html, you use javascript. Then you make it usable and pretty with css.

That's still the best methodology for building a broadly accessible website, with the best performance.

When i build websites I want them to work even if javascript doesn't.

If i was building a video game in the browser then I wouldn't think about it like that. But most of the time websites are still just text and images. You can still achieve these things with react, i just don't think it's designed with that in mind.

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Ivan Jeremic • Edited

JavaScript is a must have for modern sites if all you think about is how to make website work even if the user has js turned of what very likely no one has these days all you loose is flexibility. Also focusing to much on the browser is wrong I see the power of web tech everywhere also outside of browsers as GUIs for desktop and mobile apps, and if we keep developing like 20 years ago there will be no new innovations. I also see WebAssembly helping the web tech become a standard GUI for every language and platform.

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shadowfaxrodeo profile image
Nathaniel

Sure, but right now, if I want to make a website that's as accessible as possible, I don't want to start with Javascript, I want to start with html. So if I need complex functionality i reach for vue. if I need a small amount of functionality i use vanilla javascript.

~0.2% of people have javascript disabled. Javascript doesn't work at all until the page is loaded. So for at least a second every page has javascript disabled. Web crawlers often don't parse javascript.

I may well end up building some complex app with react one day. But I've not come accross a need for it.