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Foundation vs Material-UI: What are the differences?

Developers describe Foundation as "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. On the other hand, Material-UI is detailed as "React components for faster and easier web development. Build your own design system, or start with Material Design". React components for faster and easier web development. Build your own design system, or start with Material Design.

Foundation and Material-UI can be categorized as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.

"Responsive grid" is the primary reason why developers consider Foundation over the competitors, whereas "React" was stated as the key factor in picking Material-UI.

Foundation and Material-UI are both open source tools. It seems that Material-UI with 48.6K GitHub stars and 11K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Foundation with 28.2K GitHub stars and 5.77K GitHub forks.

HotelTonight, StatSheet, and Customer.io are some of the popular companies that use Foundation, whereas Material-UI is used by DeveloperTown, Ratio, and Code Foundries. Foundation has a broader approval, being mentioned in 653 company stacks & 77 developers stacks; compared to Material-UI, which is listed in 69 company stacks and 80 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 Material-UI?

It is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices.
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What are some alternatives to Foundation and Material-UI?
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.
Semantic UI
Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.
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Decisions about Foundation and Material-UI
React
React
GraphQL
GraphQL
Apollo
Apollo
JavaScript
JavaScript
TypeScript
TypeScript
Webpack
Webpack
React Helmet
React Helmet
styled-components
styled-components
Sass
Sass
Less
Less
PostCSS
PostCSS
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
Semantic UI
Semantic UI
Foundation
Foundation
React Router
React Router
Koa
Koa
#JSX
#React.
#Css
#StyledComponents.
#Async
#HTML
#GraphQL
#Apollo

ReactQL is a React + GraphQL front-end starter kit. #JSX is a natural way to think about building UI, and it renders to pure #HTML in the browser and on the server, making it trivial to build server-rendered Single Page Apps. GraphQL via Apollo was chosen for the data layer; #GraphQL makes it simple to request just the data your app needs, and #Apollo takes care of communicating with your API (written in any language; doesn't have to be JavaScript!), caching, and rendering to #React.

ReactQL is written in TypeScript to provide full types/Intellisense, and pick up hard-to-diagnose goofs that might later show up at runtime. React makes heavy use of Webpack 4 to handle transforming your code to an optimised client-side bundle, and in throws back just enough code needed for the initial render, while seamlessly handling import statements asynchronously as needed, making the payload your user downloads ultimately much smaller than trying to do it by hand.

React Helmet was chosen to handle <head> content, because it works universally, making it easy to throw back the correct <title> and other tags on the initial render, as well as inject new tags for subsequent client-side views.

styled-components, Sass, Less and PostCSS were added to give developers a choice of whether to build styles purely in React / JavaScript, or whether to defer to a #css #preprocessor. This is especially useful for interop with UI frameworks like Bootstrap, Semantic UI, Foundation, etc - ReactQL lets you mix and match #css and renders to both a static .css file during bundling as well as generates per-page <style> tags when using #StyledComponents.

React Router handles routing, because it works both on the server and in the client. ReactQL customises it further by capturing non-200 responses on the server, redirecting or throwing back custom 404 pages as needed.

Koa is the web server that handles all incoming HTTP requests, because it's fast (TTFB < 5ms, even after fully rendering React), and its natively #async, making it easy to async/await inside routes and middleware.

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Adebayo Akinlaja
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React
React
Material-UI
Material-UI
Evergreen
Evergreen
TypeScript
TypeScript
Material Kit
Material Kit
Create React App
Create React App
Bit
Bit

I picked up an idea to develop and it was no brainer I had to go with React for the frontend. I was faced with challenges when it came to what component framework to use. I had worked extensively with Material-UI but I needed something different that would offer me wider range of well customized components (I became pretty slow at styling). I brought in Evergreen after several sampling and reads online but again, after several prototype development against Evergreen鈥攕ince I was using TypeScript and I had to import custom Type, it felt exhaustive. After I validated Evergreen with the designs of the idea I was developing, I also noticed I might have to do a lot of styling. I later stumbled on Material Kit, the one specifically made for React . It was promising with beautifully crafted components, most of which fits into the designs pages I had on ground.

A major problem of Material Kit for me is it isn't written in TypeScript and there isn't any plans to support its TypeScript version. I rolled up my sleeve and started converting their components to TypeScript and if you'll ask me, I am still on it.

In summary, I used the Create React App with TypeScript support and I am spending some time converting Material Kit to TypeScript before I start developing against it. All of these components are going to be hosted on Bit.

If you feel I am crazy or I have gotten something wrong, I'll be willing to listen to your opinion. Also, if you want to have a share of whatever TypeScript version of Material Kit I end up coming up with, let me know.

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How developers use Foundation and Material-UI
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Cloudcraft uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Material UI provides Cloudcraft.co with a clean, professional looking and very easy to use set of UI components build with React. The few issues we've reported to the developers have been quickly fixed each time. I highly recommend using Material UI for both consumer and enterprise web apps. The styling system in particular is very nice to work with, and allows you to easily add your own brand's look and feel throughout the UI.

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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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Kurzor, s.r.o. uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

We like the pure simplicity of Google's Material UI. It is simply too much overhead today to design custom UI styles.

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glfead uses FoundationFoundation

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

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DerEnderKeks uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Martial UI is used by Admin-on-REST, the frontend used by Gofus.

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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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Ambar uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Ambar UI is based on Material UI components

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Sunny Singh uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Provides Material-based components.

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