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Foundation vs Ionic: What are the differences?

What is Foundation? The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. 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.

What is Ionic? A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React. Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.

Foundation belongs to "Front-End Frameworks" category of the tech stack, while Ionic can be primarily classified under "Cross-Platform Mobile Development".

Some of the features offered by Foundation are:

  • Semantic: Everything is semantic. You can have the cleanest markup without sacrificing the utility and speed of Foundation.
  • Mobile First: You can build for small devices first. Then, as devices get larger and larger, layer in more complexity for a complete responsive design.
  • Customizable: You can customize your build to include or remove certain elements, as well as define the size of columns, colors, font size and more.

On the other hand, Ionic provides the following key features:

  • Performance obsessed
  • Utilizes Angular and React
  • Native focused

"Responsive grid", "Mobile first" and "Open source" are the key factors why developers consider Foundation; whereas "Allows for rapid prototyping", "Hybrid mobile" and "It's angularjs" are the primary reasons why Ionic is favored.

Foundation and Ionic are both open source tools. It seems that Ionic with 38.5K GitHub stars and 13.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Foundation with 28.2K GitHub stars and 5.77K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Ionic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 393 company stacks & 361 developers stacks; compared to Foundation, which is listed in 653 company stacks and 77 developer stacks.

What is Foundation?

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.

What is Ionic?

Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
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What are some alternatives to Foundation and Ionic?
Bootstrap
Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
Primer
Primer is the basecoat of GitHub, made by nerds just like you who share a passion for HTML and CSS.
Animate.css
It is a bunch of cool, fun, and cross-browser animations for you to use in your projects. Great for emphasis, home pages, sliders, and general just-add-water-awesomeness.
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.
UIkIt
UIkit gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.
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Decisions about Foundation and Ionic
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Reviews of Foundation and Ionic
Review ofIonicIonic

great framework,lots of resources,great community,easy to create UI

How developers use Foundation and Ionic
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Markus Gebka uses FoundationFoundation

I use it for a lot of professional work where I might need more than just a responsive grid. Has a great set of mixins and components and also some nice JS-modules. I love that its so style-agnostic. Really easy to add custom styling.

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Kent Steiner uses FoundationFoundation

Foundation has been my choice for years over Bootstrap and other similar CSS frameworks due to the naming conventions, well-designed built-in components, and it plays well with React when I'm not using ElementalUI instead.

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Pascal Malbranche uses IonicIonic

We use Ionic as it is an awesome framework to build mobile hybrid apps with nativ access. Also Ionic has a nice community!

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Christian Bryant uses IonicIonic

Cross-Platform goodness. I am a noob here...learning how to implement Ionic is on the top of my ToDo's

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papaver uses IonicIonic

used on a recent project, an internal custom app developed for both ios and android.

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Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV uses IonicIonic

Desarrollo de aplicaciones multi-plataforma con HTML5, JavaScript y CSS3

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glfead uses FoundationFoundation

I use foundation only for the grid, i create my own other components

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AmericanBibleSociety uses IonicIonic

We have plans to employ this frontend framework in future apps.

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wooki uses FoundationFoundation

Great starting point for prototypes and sometimes full sites.

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micro systems uses FoundationFoundation

Foundation makes our web based applications responsive.

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