Livewire and Inertia in Comparison

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Livewire and Inertia in Comparison

The two frontend stacks offer templates for implementing interactive elements and many other components out-of-the-box. Livewire is responsible for the modern, reactive blade components, while Inertia is responsible for coupling the Laravel backend with Vue components.

Livewire – a full-stack framework for modern, dynamic interfaces

Livewire is a full-stack framework for Laravel that simplifies the creation of modern, dynamic interfaces without leaving the comfort of Laravel. In the first step, it renders the component outputs with the page, similar to Laravel Blade. It then executes an AJAX request to the server with updated data. The server, in turn, re-renders the components and responds with a new HTML. Finally, the framework modifies the Document Object Model (DOM) according to the changes.

In practical use, Livewire offers various advantages and disadvantages, which our experts briefly compared:

 

Advantages:

  • Beginner-friendly, since AJAX requests can be made with little or no JavaScript knowledge

  • SEO-friendly, as the HTML is sent to the browser on first rendering

  • Integration into existing Laravel pages possible

  • Automated testing possible due to included test suite

Disadvantages:

  • Increased server load, since all status changes are done via AJAX request

  • More difficult troubleshooting possible due to mixing of back- and frontend logic

 

Inertia & Vue for Building Server-Driven Web Apps

Inertia is a new approach to building classic server-driven web apps. The small library allows users to render single-file Vue components from the Laravel backend. In doing so, fully client-side rendered, single-page apps can be created without the high complexity usually associated with modern single-page web apps (SPAs). Inertia works like a classic server-side rendered app: controllers, database operations and views are written as before, with JavaScript page components now replacing views.

Like Livewire, Inertia offers users several advantages and disadvantages:

 

Advantages:

  • All application routes are contained in a single file

  • Eliminates complexity of client-side routing

  • Can be set up with React

Disadvantages:

  • If an Android/iOS application is desired, the backend API must be recreated

  • Laravel Jetstream is currently configurable only for Inertia and Vue

  • The developer must be proficient in both PHP and Vue

  • Limited usability without Vuex

Livewire and Inertia.js in Comparison

The conclusion: Livewire is well suited for beginners with little JavaScript experience. Vue or React knowledge is required to use Inertia.js, although only Vue is currently supported by Jetstream. This makes Inertia particularly suitable for experienced users.

Which approach should be used for which project, then, depends on the nature of the application and the developer's experience with the underlying technology stack. Neither Livewire nor Inertia is the perfect solution for all use cases. Nevertheless, both technologies offer their users many useful features and do one thing above all: save them a lot of time.

 

 

 

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