Choosing the right technology stack for a web app is a task that requires extensive experience and in-depth knowledge. Possibly, the worst thing that one can do is to use the most popular technologies at the moment to demonstrate adherence to modern web development trends. The thing is that all programming languages, libraries, and frameworks were initially designed to solve a specific range of tasks. Therefore, if you build your tech stack “blindfold,” you risk spending time and money without any substantial benefits.

React is one of the most popular JavaScript libraries for building web apps user interfaces. React’s excellent performance, vast ecosystem, and rapid evolvement explain its popularity among web developers. But, despite all these advantages, in many different cases, you can find a JavaScript library that better suits your needs and expectations. In this article, without any in-depth technical details, we’ll talk about Webix, a JavaScript UI library that can become an excellent alternative to React.

When Choosing Webix is A Good Decision

Before we start considering the benefits that Webix development can bring and why you may prefer it and not React. Let’s take a closer look at both React and Webix technologies and briefly outline their main advantages.

After its first release back in 2013, React has become one of the most popular and widely used JavaScript libraries for building user interfaces. The reason behind such popularity is that React creators have implemented a new way of rendering web pages allowing creating dynamic and responsive web apps with excellent user experience. React’s Virtual DOM is a technology that will enable updating the small parts of a web app when it is needed without affecting other parts of the overall user interface. As a result, UI updates are performed quickly, the React app works faster, and there are no memory wastages. Thanks to the possibility to reuse code written with React, developers can save tons of time and speed-up the development process. Once created, components for web apps can be used in new projects with some required adjustments. Also, React can be pretty helpful for creating mobile apps. React Native is a mobile apps building framework that provides the react architecture to native applications for IOS and Android.

Now, let’s take a look at the Webix UI library. It’s a JavaScript library and framework that allows significantly speeding-up web development without sacrificing functionality or user experience. At the moment, Webix provides access to more than 100 full-functional ready-to-use widgets of different levels of complexity. Among them, you can find complex Webix widgets (File Manager, Kanban, Pivot, etc.), data widgets, widgets for data visualization (dozens of charts and graphs), navigation widgets (menus, sidebars, and other components), windows and popups, layout widgets, and other useful things.

At this point, if you don’t have enough experience in web development, it may be not so easy to understand in which circumstances one of the technologies should be preferred. To shed light on this question, we’ll describe five scenarios when Webix can outplay React.

When You Have Limited Budget

The best thing about Webix is that you can get a fully-functional and good-looking web app for a relatively low cost. Webix developers can use a couple of code lines to add a new widget on a page and configure it. You can check the Webix demo page and judge yourself how little effort it takes to create a user interface for a web application using this library. The fewer code lines developers need to write, the fewer working hours you need to pay for. Therefore, if you’re looking for a great UI library for your startup or just used to not wasting money, Webix will be an excellent choice for your business.

When You Need a Result In A Short Time

Webix was initially designed to follow the real time-saving approach. According to statistics of using Webix in projects of different complexity, developers can save at least 3000+ development hours by using ready-made widgets and UI controls. The use of Webix allows creating user interfaces 30% faster, which helps significantly reduce the overall time spent on web application development. If you work in a highly competitive and rapidly changing market (which is almost any sector of the economy at the moment), Webix can help you keep pace while expanding your web applications’ functionality.

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You Find a Component That Suits Your Needs

Building a web application from the ground up may not be your primary intention. Often our clients contact us if they already have a web app and want to expand its functionality. As it has been said, Webix provides developers with tons of ready-to-use full-functional components. Among them, you can find the one that perfectly fits your business needs.

Say, you want to adopt an Excel-like web application that stores data on your local servers, so all your business secrets are safe. In that case, we have good news for you. In the Webix collection of components, we have the one which is perfect for this specific task. If, after a while, you’ll decide that your software solution lacks data visualization functionality, you can contact us, cause Webix can handle this task as well. And, in this case, you’ll deal with a software development company that you already know.

When Fast Time to Market is One of Your Major Goals

MVP development for startups is another field where Webix can outplay some of its competitors like React, for example. If you want to receive market recognition without significant investments and tons of rework, creating a Minimum Viable Product with Webix can be an excellent choice for your company. Developers can focus on a specific set of killer features that will show your audience how your application differs from the others. It will allow you to attract investors, which will help to plan the further growth strategy.

MVP development is an excellent opportunity to build your first fan base and receive first feedback in a short time. If you know what worked for your end-users and what didn’t, you’ll have a clear picture of where your project should move. Webix enables the rapid development of web applications, allowing quickly testing your idea in the market and receiving fast results. When we say “quickly,” it doesn’t mean that your application will look like a barely working prototype with a clumsy user interface. Webix follows Material Design philosophy, which allows developers to create eye-catching web apps.

When You’re Looking for Experts

Working with a company that knows its development tools is good, but have you ever dealt with developers that create their own libraries. Now you have that chance. We know every tiny bit of Webix since we made it, and we continuously work to improve its functionality. With more than eight years of experience in the market of UI libraries, 150+ completed projects, and more than 10,000 active users from all over the world, we have enough expertise to guarantee the excellent quality of our Webix applications.

Conclusions

Due to widespread use and frequency of mention, React may be seen as the web king that can solve any problem. In many ways, React is an outstanding technology that helps create exceptional quality web applications. But in many cases, not so well-known competitors can outplay React and provide you with possibilities that will help your business to save time and achieve a competitive advantage without significant investments. Webix is one of the many examples of how you can save on web application development without sacrificing the product’s overall quality. Webix UI library will be an excellent choice for companies that want to save time and money and receive market recognition as fast as possible.

If you want to learn more about Webix and how it can benefit your business, please contact us.