Both Mithril and Riot are popular choices for building web applications, but React has a larger community and is more widely adopted. React has a significant advantage in terms of popularity and community support.
Mithril is known for its small size and lightweight footprint. It is designed to be minimalistic and efficient. Riot also aims for a small size, but it includes more features out of the box, which can result in a slightly larger bundle size compared to Mithril.
React follows a component-based architecture where components manage their own state and rendering. Mithril and Riot also follow a similar component-based approach, but they have their own unique syntax and conventions. Mithril uses a virtual DOM approach, while Riot uses a lightweight custom DOM diffing algorithm.
React has a steeper learning curve compared to Mithril and Riot due to its extensive ecosystem and complex concepts like JSX and lifecycle methods. Mithril and Riot have simpler APIs and concepts, making them easier to learn and get started with.
Mithril and Riot are both known for their excellent performance. Mithril is particularly efficient in terms of rendering and updates due to its lightweight virtual DOM implementation. Riot also focuses on performance and provides a custom DOM diffing algorithm. React, while performant, can be less efficient in certain scenarios due to its more complex virtual DOM diffing algorithm.
Community and Ecosystem
React has a massive and mature ecosystem with a wide range of libraries, tools, and community support. Mithril and Riot have smaller communities and ecosystems in comparison, but they still have a decent number of plugins and extensions available.