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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.
      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.
      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.
      Semantic UI
      Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.
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      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.

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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.

      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

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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.

      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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