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Bishwas Bhandari
Bishwas Bhandari

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Is Svelte better than other framworks?

Svelte is a small, lightweight, and flexible front-end framework. In comparison to other frameworks, it is a fraction of the size, making development and maintenance easier. Because Svelte generates code that is both concise and quality, it is ideal for new developers who want to focus on creating features rather than tinkering with existing code. While Svelte is not the most popular framework, it does have a small community and is still gaining popularity.

The Svelte framework is an open source framework, allowing users to add a large variety of features free of charge. Svelte also has an active development environment on GitHub, which means that you can find new features that have not been included in the original framework. Svelte also has a high-performance front-end and a high-performance server-side rendering. In short, Svelte is the framework for your next web application.

Svelte has directives, DI capabilities, and a built-in compiler. These features make it possible to decouple components from their dependencies and facilitate readability and code reuse. It also has several other advantages over other frameworks, including its compact footprint, simple syntax, and a low learning curve. You can also use Svelte with other frameworks, including React. However, the disadvantages of Svelte may outweigh its benefits.

While many other frameworks include libraries, Svelte is unique in that it includes code from the developer's file. In addition, it includes code that supports reactive wiring. It also includes a $$invalidate function that informs other code of variable updates. With a simple curly brace, variables declared in Svelte are reactive. The Svelte compiler generates a bundle with code from the Svelte source file.

Svelte does not have mature debugging and testing tools. Its ecosystem is still growing, so it might not meet your needs now. It does not support priority-based content in the user interface and may struggle with concurrent requests. However, its lightweight and extensible tools make it a good choice for small-time applications. Svelte is better than other frameworks, but Svelte may not be the right choice for all projects.

Svelte has a low memory footprint. The Svelte code is compiled into minimal JavaScript code. As a result, it is shipped in a small bundle, allowing it to be parsed faster by the browser. In addition, Svelte's code is smaller, allowing developers to develop faster. And Svelte offers easy state management through its Svelte Stores and context API.

The DOM is updated every time a component stage changes. Svelte can be configured to recompute logic in these scenarios. Moreover, Svelte's reactive declarations allow you to assign variables to components, such as the current page. React-like behavior can be achieved by adding a dollar sign to the variables. Hence, Svelte makes it easy to use.

Svelte is fast. However, it's not suitable for large projects. Its community is still relatively small. And it offers too much flexibility for large projects, which results in errors and inconsistent code. The ecosystem is very large, but there is little support for most resources and tools. This can cause problems, especially when you're working with large data sets. Then there's the issue of compatibility. Some external tools are not compatible with Vue and other frameworks.

Svelte has many advantages. Svelte is easy to use, but some aspects of it can be difficult to learn. The documentation for Svelte can be a bit confusing and outdated. It's also hard to find information on TypeScript and it's not possible to specify which type to assign to Svelte components. Moreover, Svelte doesn't support array mutations, which can cause coding delays and potential bugs.

Svelte also reduces data. Compared to React and Vue, Svelte's code is smaller and requires less data. The frameworks use a virtual DOM, but most of the code is converted into ideal JS code by the browser. Svelte does not use this virtual DOM, instead it converts itself into Javascript at build time and runs in the browser. Svelte also writes code that surgically updates the DOM when the app changes

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peerreynders • Edited

This is judged entirely from (a certain) developer experience perspective.

Obviously somebody must think the actual results are good enough by some measure judging by what exactly escapes into the wild. There is a continuum of use cases from the document web to the application web and no one solution can be best at all of them.

Best depends entirely on the use case (context of use).

Best for any particular use case often doesn't coincide with what is most hyped or most used - and popular technologies are often used in circumstances where there are (much) better alternatives.

One issue is that developer's evaluation criteria are often skewed towards their own quality of life with the equipment and service quality they are accustomed to (it works on my machine/phone/network) which isn't necessarily representative of the operational profile that the final product will be exposed to.

Frustratingly typical

For a glimpse of the bleeding edge: Gen 3

It remains to be seen how React Server Components fare in the long run.

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JoelBonetR 🥇

First of all Svelte is a compiler mainly, then we can exclude React from the question as it's a library so we have two main frameworks around JS which are Angular and Vue, you can count in Next JS as React framework as well.

Regarding ease-of-use/learn and market share, there's no doubt that React leads the way by far. I tried svelte once for a PoC and it was pleasant yet we decided to go for React because of the maturity (or lack of it) of Svelte and the community behind React (that leads us as well to find more developers as the project growth, which is difficult enough).