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A new library built on top of Web Components, designed to leverage the evolving web platform on modern browsers

What is Polymer?

Polymer is a new type of library for the web, designed to leverage the existing browser infrastructure to provide the encapsulation and extendability currently only available in JS libraries. Polymer is based on a set of future technologies, including Shadow DOM, Custom Elements and Model Driven Views. Currently these technologies are implemented as polyfills or shims, but as browsers adopt these features natively, the platform code that drives Polymer evacipates, leaving only the value-adds.
Polymer is a tool in the Front-End Frameworks category of a tech stack.
Polymer is an open source tool with 21.1K GitHub stars and 2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Polymer's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Polymer?

41 companies use Polymer in their tech stacks, including AX Semantics, USERcycle, and Telemetry.

30 developers use Polymer.

Why developers like Polymer?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Polymer
Polymer Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Polymer in their tech stack.

Michael Solati
Michael Solati
Developer Advocate at Typeform · | 4 upvotes · 2.4K views

As a #Frontend developer I'm used to using tools like #BootstrapCDN or some APIs/Library like #GoogleMaps to create or have styled elements with cool functionality. But this requires me remembering Bootstrap classes, or trying to get Google Maps to work in #Angular. 😢

And that's just framework agnostic solutions... If you look at framework specific libraries you end up dealing with the fact you are pigeon holed into using framework specific libraries!

Libraries like Polymer or Stencil for #WebComponents are definitely the way to go!

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Adam Rabinovitch
Adam Rabinovitch
Global Technical Recruiting Lead & Engineering Evangelist at Beamery · | 3 upvotes · 10.5K views
Angular 2

At Beamery we had a large, AngularJS app, built over several years. Our clients were happy, but we were not. We had several problems: Building new features was slow. AngularJS doesn’t scale nicely. Features clash with each other. Isolation doesn’t come as standard, you have to work hard to keep features separate. It takes time to get it right. #Hiring was hard, for all the reasons listed above. The app was slower than it needed to be because AngularJS was never built for speed. We wanted to render half a million contacts, and Angular was fighting us all the way.

As time went by it become harder to find developers who would willingly choose AngularJS over React Angular 2 , Vue.js , Aurelia or Polymer .

So we faced a choice. We could throw it all away and start again, we could upgrade to Angular 5, or the awesome option - we could use micro frontends. We chose the awesome option.

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Hank Holiday
Hank Holiday
CEO at Badge List · | 1 upvotes · 792 views
atBadge List

Polymer is super future-focused and really great to build in. The biggest plus for us is how its component-focused approach keeps things modular and maintainable. It also makes it really easy to implement material design. Polymer

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Ana Phi Sancho
Ana Phi Sancho
at Multimedia and Software · | 1 upvotes · 780 views

In process of Learning Technics- Studing to know more. I was introduced in a Google event.

Polymer is another Google offering that focuses on Web Components, an up-and-coming collection of technologies that provide web developers with the ability to create customer HTML elements. Polymer

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Polymer Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Polymer?
Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
Angular 2
Angular is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.
Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
Material Design for Angular
Material Design is a specification for a unified system of visual, motion, and interaction design that adapts across different devices. Our goal is to deliver a lean, lightweight set of AngularJS-native UI elements that implement the material design system for use in Angular SPAs.
Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices.
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