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Foundation vs Polymer: 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 Polymer? A new library built on top of Web Components, designed to leverage the evolving web platform on modern browsers. 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.

Foundation and Polymer can be primarily classified as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.

"Responsive grid" is the primary reason why developers consider Foundation over the competitors, whereas "Web components" was stated as the key factor in picking Polymer.

Foundation and Polymer are both open source tools. It seems that Foundation with 28.2K GitHub stars and 5.77K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Polymer with 21.1K GitHub stars and 2K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Foundation has a broader approval, being mentioned in 653 company stacks & 77 developers stacks; compared to Polymer, which is listed in 42 company stacks and 32 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 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.
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      What are some alternatives to Foundation and Polymer?
      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.
      Material-UI
      It is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices.
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      Decisions about Foundation and Polymer
      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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      How developers use Foundation and Polymer
      Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
      Ana Phi Sancho uses PolymerPolymer

      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.

      Avatar of Markus Gebka
      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.

      Avatar of Kent Steiner
      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.

      Avatar of Badge List
      Badge List uses PolymerPolymer

      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.

      Avatar of glfead
      glfead uses FoundationFoundation

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

      Avatar of Arvind Iyer
      Arvind Iyer uses PolymerPolymer

      Built a material design simple todo app with a firebase backend

      Avatar of wooki
      wooki uses FoundationFoundation

      Great starting point for prototypes and sometimes full sites.

      Avatar of micro systems
      micro systems uses FoundationFoundation

      Foundation makes our web based applications responsive.

      Avatar of Ralic Lo
      Ralic Lo uses PolymerPolymer

      Support build of application and import web component.

      Avatar of Casey Smith
      Casey Smith uses PolymerPolymer

      Componentize the front-end web client.

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