The Story of Evan You, the Father of Vue.js

 

Evan You is the man behind Vue.js which is one of the most popular frameworks existing today. Born and brought up in Wuxi, which is a small city in China, Evan did his schooling in Shanghai. So, he had to commute a considerable distance every day. Upon completing his high school in China, he went to the US for pursuing his higher studies and college. This is where his interest in computers began as computers were easily available there. Even then he did not get involved in programming that much. He was more interested in playing games. Back in high school, he loved playing Flash because of interactive storytelling experiences.

He was attracted to JavaScript because of how he can easily build things and share them with the world. It was as easy as getting the URL and sending it with a browser. This is also what attracted him to the web. At his job at Google, he got a lot of experience working with prototyping in the browser. It started with just an idea and they wanted a tangible result as soon as possible. At that time, some of the projects that they were involved with used Angular. What attracted Evan about Angular was its two unique features, data binding and dealing with DOM. But it also had many concepts which made it difficult and heavy to use. While considering this, Evan had the great idea of extracting only those concepts from Angular that he liked and making something lightweight. This is what ultimately led to Vue.JS.

Because he was fascinated by the internal implementation mechanism, he started replicating features as a way of experiment. For example, how a minimal feature set like data binding would work. Once he started working on it, the more he understood the potential it has. He then gave it a name. Once he made this in 2013, he was also inspired to share it with others so that they can also learn and benefit from it. Then in 2014, he released it as an actual project. He then put it out on GitHub and forwarded a link to Hacker News. This is where it rose to fame. It got voted to the front page.

A lot of people started using it and it became a big project in GitHub. What Evan mainly focused on was making it more accessible by reducing the price. He then tried out crowdfunding on Patreon. This idea worked because many of the Vue users were from the Laravel community. He then started off by charging it for a very reasonable and nominal amount of ten bucks per month. This again attracted a lot of traction. Thus, Vue js has now become one of the mostly used frameworks for creating user interfaces and single-page applications. It has inspired many developers all across the world. aTeamIndia has a team of passionate developers who were inspired by Evan and adopted his suggested best practices while using Vue js for their projects.

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