The State of Vue

2.0 is now in RC!

We announced Vue 2.0 back in April, and today I am very excited to release the first release candidate for Vue 2.0! From this stage on we will be in API freeze and there will be no more breaking changes before official release.

All the official supporting libraries, e.g. vue-router, vuex, vue-loader & vueify have all been updated to work with Vue 2.0. This means the 2.0 stack is technically complete — the only thing we are waiting for is documentation and release-related logistics. Despite that, we have prepared a Vue 2.0 RC Starter Resources guide to help those feeling adventurous jump right into 2.0 today.

Vue.js in the Industry

I recently answered the question “How Popular is Vue.js in the Industry?” on Quora. You can read about the full answer here, but here are some highlights:

  • Based on the combined metrics including Google Trends, GitHub star history & stats.js.org statistics, Vue.js has consistently been one of the fastest growing libraries in the past few months and there’s currently no sign of slowing down.
  • 1 million+ downloads on NPM at 125k~150k per month
  • 1.5 million page views & 150k monthly unique visitors on vuejs.org
  • 36,000+ weekly active vue-devtool users
  • Used by great open source projects: Laravel, GitLab, PageKit & more.
  • Strong international adoption: biggest Chinese public companies (Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent), biggest Chinese unicorns (private companies with $1B+ valuation — Xiaomi, Didi Chuxing, DJI, Ele.me), established enterprises in Japan/UK (Line, Nintendo, Sainsbury’s)

Patreon Campaign Going Strong

The Vue.js patreon campign now has over $8,000 monthly pledge from the community and sponsors. It is absolutely amazing to be able to work full-time on an open source project that I am genuinely passionate about, and for that I am forever grateful to all the supporters.

I think the Vue.js patreon campaign is an interesting experiment on sustainable financial models for open source projects that demand serious commitment: it’s open source not as the by-product of a commercial company trying to help with recruiting — the only goal of the project is to create something that help more people get more things done in an easier and faster way. It’s sustained not by revenue that possibly has nothing to do with the project itself, but rather directly by those who use it in their everyday work. To be honest, I don’t think this is a model that is easy to pull off (for that I am very lucky), but I do hope it can serve as a valuable case study for those who are interested in more sustainable open source work.