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Polymer vs Topcoat: 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; Topcoat: CSS for clean and fast web apps. TopCoat is made up of base controls, platform specific styles, themes and a build script to stitch them all together.

Polymer and Topcoat can be categorized as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.

"Web components" is the primary reason why developers consider Polymer over the competitors, whereas "Open source" was stated as the key factor in picking Topcoat.

Polymer and Topcoat are both open source tools. It seems that Polymer with 21.1K GitHub stars and 2K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Topcoat with 4.31K GitHub stars and 417 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 Topcoat?

TopCoat is made up of base controls, platform specific styles, themes and a build script to stitch them all together.
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            What are some alternatives to Polymer and Topcoat?
            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.
            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.
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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.

            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 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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