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Material-UI vs Shoelace: What are the differences?

Material-UI: React components for faster and easier web development. It is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices; Shoelace: *A forward-thinking library of web components *. It is a collection of professionally designed, everyday UI components built on a framework-agnostic technology.

Material-UI belongs to "Front-End Frameworks" category of the tech stack, while Shoelace can be primarily classified under "UI Components".

Some of the features offered by Material-UI are:

  • Tables
  • Forms
  • Snackbars

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

  • Works with all frameworks
  • Works with CDNs
  • Fully customizable with CSS

Material-UI is an open source tool with 59.6K GitHub stars and 17.3K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Material-UI's open source repository on GitHub.

Decisions about Material-UI and Shoelace

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.

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Pros of Material-UI
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    Material Design
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    Ui components
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    CSS framework
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    Looks great
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    Good documentation
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    Open source
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    Code examples
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    Ui component
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    Very accessible
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    Supports old browsers out of the box
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    Designed for Server Side Rendering
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    Easy to work with
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    Cons of Material-UI
    Cons of Shoelace
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      Hard to learn. Bad documentation
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      Hard to customize
    • 18
      Hard to understand Docs
    • 6
      Extra library needed for date/time pickers
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      Bad performance
    • 5
      For editable table component need to use material-table
    • 5
      Long Code
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      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.

      What is Shoelace?

      It is a collection of professionally designed, everyday UI components built on a framework-agnostic technology.

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        Ant Design
        An enterprise-class UI design language and React-based implementation. Graceful UI components out of the box, base on React Component. A npm + webpack + babel + dora + dva development framework.
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        Angular Material
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