Polymer vs UIkIt: What are the differences?
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.
What is UIkIt? A lightweight and modular front-end framework for developing fast and powerful web interfaces. UIkit gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.
Polymer and UIkIt can be categorized as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.
"Web components" is the primary reason why developers consider Polymer over the competitors, whereas "Complete GUI" was stated as the key factor in picking UIkIt.
Polymer and UIkIt are both open source tools. It seems that Polymer with 21.1K GitHub stars and 2K forks on GitHub has more adoption than UIkIt with 14.7K GitHub stars and 2.11K GitHub forks.
AX Semantics, USERcycle, and Telemetry are some of the popular companies that use Polymer, whereas UIkIt is used by Dyn, AskNicely, and Nedwave. Polymer has a broader approval, being mentioned in 42 company stacks & 32 developers stacks; compared to UIkIt, which is listed in 45 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.