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Polymer vs Toolkit: What are the differences?

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; Toolkit: Extensible front-end HTML, CSS, and JavaScript user interface components for the responsive, mobile, and modern web. Toolkit makes use of the latest and greatest technology. This includes HTML5 for semantics, CSS3 for animations and styles, Sass for CSS pre-processing, Gulp for task and package management, and powerful new browser APIs for the JavaScript layer.

Polymer and Toolkit belong to "Front-End Frameworks" category of the tech stack.

Polymer and Toolkit are both open source tools. Polymer with 21.1K GitHub stars and 2K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Toolkit with 1.11K GitHub stars and 121 GitHub forks.

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.

What is Toolkit?

Toolkit makes use of the latest and greatest technology. This includes HTML5 for semantics, CSS3 for animations and styles, Sass for CSS pre-processing, Gulp for task and package management, and powerful new browser APIs for the JavaScript layer.

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        React
        Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
        Angular 2
        Angular is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.
        Bootstrap
        Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
        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.
        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.
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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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          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 Arvind Iyer
          Arvind Iyer uses PolymerPolymer

          Built a material design simple todo app with a firebase backend

          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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