Foundation vs Material-UI

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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.

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reactstrapreactstrap
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Material-UIMaterial-UI

My React website is a simple 5-pager that attaches to a database to store and display registrations and other data. The user (small user base) can change any form elements, but I don't need theme-ing, though that would be fun for the user. reactstrap/react-bootstrap built on Bootstrap 4 sounds dated. I am familiar with reactstrap, but a friend said to try Material-UI. The thought of learning it is interesting, but somehow I think it might be overkill. So... reactstrap, react-bootstrap, or Material UI, which should I use?

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MaterialUI may be overkill for such a simple project, you're right. So I'm recommending both tools in this StackShare form.

But if it's planned to increase the project, consider migrating it to MUI in advance. Among its pros I can name: - brilliant TS support - all popular use cases covered - well documented - backed by sponsors == will live and be maintained

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Material-UIMaterial-UI

I recommend Material-UI for a couple reasons. 1. It’s very easy to throw MUI into React. You can essentially just import the components you need in place of yours. Effectively, for a button, for example, you can swap out <button for MUI’s <Button and you can be done if that’s all you want. Looks great, no hassle, and they have simple guides to help you make good UI decisions on top of that. 2. It’s pretty up-to-date, and it has great docs. I use MUI all the time, and if I were doing a simple, small user-base app, I would definitely use it for the sake of convenience and speed of development.

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Robert Smith
Tech Delivery Manager at self · | 2 upvotes · 17K views
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I've used material UI and had great success with it on React projects. Semantic UI is also another great option https://semantic-ui.com/.

When you say its "overkill", I would think long term. I do a lot of small projects not only for the purpose of the project, but also for learning, future projects and to use professionaly. It's a long-term investment.

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Material-UIMaterial-UI

Much more modern in terms on support for css in js. But go for v5 not v4 as material-ui is going through a transition in term of its own implementation

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It's totally the design decision if you like to follow bootstrap design then you should go for reactstrap. But if you want to follow google material design then you should go for material ui.

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Flavio Ribeiro
REACT DEVELOPER at Beblue · | 1 upvotes · 17K views
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Material-UIMaterial-UI

Material-UI is the good choice for a small project. It's fast for development, maintenance, and is ready to use. It HaveMaterial-UI is the good choice for a small project. It's fast for development, maintenance, and is ready to use. Has an excellent documentation with pratic examples.

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Malik Bagwala
Front-end Developer at Vesatogo Innovations · | 1 upvotes · 17.1K views
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Chakra UIChakra UI

Chakra UI seems like the perfect fit in my opinion. It has a much powerful design system, all the necessary components and it is dead simple to learn. And pretty easy to customize too.

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Material-UIMaterial-UI

Material-UI looks great and is easy to use. Highly recommended, my favourite UI framework for React.

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Next.jsNext.jsMaterial-UIMaterial-UI
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Ant DesignAnt Design

Hi, I start building an admin dashboard with next.js and looking for a frontend framework ( components ready ). So I end up with Ant Design and Material-UI, but I never built a project with these two.

Here is a list of my requirements.

  1. Good documentation.
  2. easy CRUD ( date picker and date range picker bundled )
  3. built-in multi-lang feature or Great 3rd library support
  4. Admin dashboard template
  5. well code maintenance

Which is better for the long run?

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I'm using both of them. But If you want to create admin dashboard, You should try AntDesign. They (Alibaba / Taobao) created a group of UI libaries to create admin dashboard. It's production ready. https://procomponents.ant.design/en-US/components/table https://pro.ant.design/docs/layout In my opinion, If you want to create a dashboard with mobile first / simple dashboard, you can choice material ui. otherwise, antdesign is better (if you want focus on desktop /tablet ui). Some of skeleton has built with material ui such as react-admin is good point to start. But if you want to create admin site with antdesign, I think you should build with umijs (it is alternative and compatible with nextjs and antd support directlly)

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Irving Caamal
Full Stack Developer at Freelance · | 2 upvotes · 62.8K views
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https://github.com/uber/baseweb I highly recommend you baseweb, it's easy and very customizable and also beautiful.

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Decisions about Foundation and Material-UI

Bootstrap is useful for rapid prototyping using an existing design system. Since the design system can be used in standard HTML + Javascript and can be imported for free into a Figma project, it lowers the complexity of our mock-up creation and frontend styling, all while promoting consistency. We did not choose Material UI, because it does not have a free design system to import into Figma.

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Kexin Lin
at University of Toronto · | 8 upvotes · 157K views

I replaced Bootstrap with Material-UI during the front-end UI development, because Material-UI adopts a component-based importing style, making it suit well in a "React programming style". This makes me comfortable when programming because I can treat importing UI components as other React components I define.

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Xinyi Liu
Software Developer at BigClarity · | 6 upvotes · 220.5K views

As our team will be building a web application, HTML5 and CSS3 are one of the standardized combinations to implement the structure and the styling of a webpage. Material-UI comes with all sorts of predesigned web components such as buttons and dropdowns that will save us tons of development time. Since it is a component library designed for React, it suits our needs. However, we do acknowledge that predesigned components may sometimes cause pains especially when it comes to custom styling. To make our life even easier, we also adopted Tailwind CSS. It is a CSS framework providing low-level utility classes that will act as building blocks when we create custom designs.

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Fonts and typography are fun. Material Design is a framework (developed by Google) that basically geeks out on how to assemble your typographical elements together into a design language. If you're into fonts and typography, it's fantastic. It provides a theming engine, reusable components, and can pull different user interfaces together under a common design paradigm. I'd highly recommend looking into Borries Schwesinger's book "The Form Book" if you're going to be working with Material UI or are otherwise new to component design.

https://www.amazon.com/Form-Book-Creating-Printed-Online/dp/0500515085

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Pros of Foundation
Pros of Material-UI
  • 159
    Responsive grid
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    Mobile first
  • 80
    Open source
  • 75
    Semantic
  • 72
    Customizable
  • 51
    Quick to prototype
  • 50
    Simple ui
  • 45
    Fast
  • 44
    Best practices
  • 39
    Easy setup
  • 6
    HTML, SCSS and JS
  • 6
    Neutral style
  • 5
    Professional
  • 5
    Accessibility support
  • 3
    Xy grid
  • 2
    Every new version is smaller, smarter & more efficient
  • 2
    Sass
  • 1
    Robust
  • 122
    React
  • 77
    Material Design
  • 52
    Ui components
  • 26
    CSS framework
  • 21
    Component
  • 12
    Looks great
  • 10
    Good documentation
  • 10
    Responsive
  • 9
    LESS
  • 7
    Open source
  • 6
    Code examples
  • 5
    Ui component
  • 5
    Flexible
  • 4
    JSS
  • 3
    Angular
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    Supports old browsers out of the box
  • 3
    Very accessible
  • 3
    Fun
  • 2
    LADO
  • 2
    Interface
  • 2
    Designed for Server Side Rendering
  • 2
    Barev Arman
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    Easy to work with
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    Asdasd
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    555
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Cons of Foundation
Cons of Material-UI
  • 4
    Awful site
  • 4
    Requires jQuery
  • 29
    Hard to learn. Bad documentation
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    Hard to customize
  • 19
    Hard to understand Docs
  • 6
    Extra library needed for date/time pickers
  • 6
    Bad performance
  • 5
    Long Code
  • 5
    For editable table component need to use material-table

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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?

MUI (formerly Material-UI) is the React UI library you always wanted. Follow your own design system, or start with Material Design.

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