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Alternatives to Material Design

Bootstrap, Material Design Lite, Flat UI, Ant Design, and Material are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Material Design.
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What is Material Design and what are its top alternatives?

Material Design is a unified system that combines theory, resources, and tools for crafting digital experiences.
Material Design is a tool in the Front-End Frameworks category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Material Design

  • Bootstrap
    Bootstrap

    Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. ...

  • Material Design Lite
    Material Design Lite

    Material Design Lite (MDL) lets you add a Material Design look and feel to your static content websites. It doesn't rely on any JavaScript frameworks or libraries. Optimized for cross-device use, gracefully degrades in older browsers, and offers an experience that is accessible from the get-go. ...

  • Flat UI
    Flat UI

    Flat UI is a beautiful theme for Bootstrap. We have redesigned many of its components to look flat in every pixel. ...

  • Ant Design
    Ant Design

    An enterprise-class UI design language and React-based implementation. Graceful UI components out of the box, base on React Component. A npm + webpack + babel + dora + dva development framework. ...

  • Material
    Material

    Express your creativity with Material, an animation and graphics framework for Google's Material Design and Apple's Flat UI in Swift. ...

  • iOS
    iOS

    It is the operating system that presently powers many of the mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive, and more delightful. ...

  • Material-UI
    Material-UI

    Material UI is a library of React UI components that implements Google's Material Design. ...

  • Angular Material
    Angular Material

    Sprint from Zero to App. Hit the ground running with comprehensive, modern UI components that work across the web, mobile and desktop. It allows to create material styled angular apps fast and easy. ...

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Bootstrap

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PROS OF BOOTSTRAP
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    Responsiveness
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    UI components
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    Consistent
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    Great docs
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    Flexible
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    HTML, CSS, and JS framework
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    Open source
  • 374
    Widely used
  • 367
    Customizable
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    HTML framework
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    Mobile first
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    Easy setup
  • 77
    Popular
  • 58
    Great grid system
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    Great community
  • 38
    Future compatibility
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    Integration
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    Very powerful foundational front-end framework
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    Standard
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    Javascript plugins
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    Build faster prototypes
  • 18
    Preprocessors
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    Grids
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    Good for a person who hates CSS
  • 8
    Clean
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    Easy to setup and learn
  • 4
    Love it
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    Rapid development
  • 3
    Great and easy to use
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    Community
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    Provide angular wrapper
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    Great and easy
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    Boostrap
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    Powerful grid system, Rapid development, Customization
  • 2
    Great customer support
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    Popularity
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    Clean and quick frontend development
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    Great and easy to make a responsive website
  • 2
    Sprzedam opla
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    Easy to use
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    Responsive design
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    Geo
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    Painless front end development
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    Design Agnostic
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    So clean and simple
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    Numerous components
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    Recognizable
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    Intuitive
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    Material-ui
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    Love the classes?
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    Pre-Defined components
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    It's fast
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    Felxible, comfortable, user-friendly
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    The fame
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    Easy setup2
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    Not tied to jQuery
CONS OF BOOTSTRAP
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    Javascript is tied to jquery
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    Every site uses the defaults
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    Grid system break points aren't ideal
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    Too much heavy decoration in default look
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    Verbose styles
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    Super heavy

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Ganesa Vijayakumar
Full Stack Coder | Technical Lead · | 19 upvotes · 3.2M views

I'm planning to create a web application and also a mobile application to provide a very good shopping experience to the end customers. Shortly, my application will be aggregate the product details from difference sources and giving a clear picture to the user that when and where to buy that product with best in Quality and cost.

I have planned to develop this in many milestones for adding N number of features and I have picked my first part to complete the core part (aggregate the product details from different sources).

As per my work experience and knowledge, I have chosen the followings stacks to this mission.

UI: I would like to develop this application using React, React Router and React Native since I'm a little bit familiar on this and also most importantly these will help on developing both web and mobile apps. In addition, I'm gonna use the stacks JavaScript, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, Bootstrap wherever required.

Service: I have planned to use Java as the main business layer language as I have 7+ years of experience on this I believe I can do better work using Java than other languages. In addition, I'm thinking to use the stacks Node.js.

Database and ORM: I'm gonna pick MySQL as DB and Hibernate as ORM since I have a piece of good knowledge and also work experience on this combination.

Search Engine: I need to deal with a large amount of product data and it's in-detailed info to provide enough details to end user at the same time I need to focus on the performance area too. so I have decided to use Solr as a search engine for product search and suggestions. In addition, I'm thinking to replace Solr by Elasticsearch once explored/reviewed enough about Elasticsearch.

Host: As of now, my plan to complete the application with decent features first and deploy it in a free hosting environment like Docker and Heroku and then once it is stable then I have planned to use the AWS products Amazon S3, EC2, Amazon RDS and Amazon Route 53. I'm not sure about Microsoft Azure that what is the specialty in it than Heroku and Amazon EC2 Container Service. Anyhow, I will do explore these once again and pick the best suite one for my requirement once I reached this level.

Build and Repositories: I have decided to choose Apache Maven and Git as these are my favorites and also so popular on respectively build and repositories.

Additional Utilities :) - I would like to choose Codacy for code review as their Startup plan will be very helpful to this application. I'm already experienced with Google CheckStyle and SonarQube even I'm looking something on Codacy.

Happy Coding! Suggestions are welcome! :)

Thanks, Ganesa

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Francisco Quintero
Tech Lead at Dev As Pros · | 13 upvotes · 1M views

For Etom, a side project. We wanted to test an idea for a future and bigger project.

What Etom does is searching places. Right now, it leverages the Google Maps API. For that, we found a React component that makes this integration easy because using Google Maps API is not possible via normal API requests.

You kind of need a map to work as a proxy between the software and Google Maps API.

We hate configuration(coming from Rails world) so also decided to use Create React App because setting up a React app, with all the toys, it's a hard job.

Thanks to all the people behind Create React App it's easier to start any React application.

We also chose a module called Reactstrap which is Bootstrap UI in React components.

An important thing in this side project(and in the bigger project plan) is to measure visitor through out the app. For that we researched and found that Keen was a good choice(very good free tier limits) and also it is very simple to setup and real simple to send data to

Slack and Trello are our defaults tools to comunicate ideas and discuss topics, so, no brainer using them as well for this project.

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Material Design Lite

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Material Design Lite Components in HTML/CSS/JS
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PROS OF MATERIAL DESIGN LITE
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    Material Design straight from the original creators
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    Based on bem philosophy
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    Nice animations
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    SCSS
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    Simple Material Design
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    Doesn't depend on JavaScript
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    Custom color palette generates CDN
CONS OF MATERIAL DESIGN LITE
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    Flat UI logo

    Flat UI

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    Free Bootstrap Framework and Theme
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    PROS OF FLAT UI
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      Sass support
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      CSS class naming conventions are similar to Bootstrap
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      Good for mockups and minimal UI design
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      Basic Flat design
    CONS OF FLAT UI
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      Not for creative and modern UI design

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    Ant Design logo

    Ant Design

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    A set of high-quality React components
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    PROS OF ANT DESIGN
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      Lots of components
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      Polished and enterprisey look and feel
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      TypeScript
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      Easy to integrate
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      Es6 support
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      Beautiful and solid
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      Typescript support
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      Beautifully Animated Components
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      Quick Release rhythm
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      Great documentation
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      Easy to customize Forms
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      Opensource and free of cost
    CONS OF ANT DESIGN
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      Less
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      Large File Size
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      Poor accessibility support
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      Dangerous to use as a base in component libraries

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    Sarmad Chaudhary
    Founder & CEO at Ebiz Ltd. · | 9 upvotes · 673.6K views

    Hi there!

    I just want to have a simple poll/vote...

    If you guys need a UI/Component Library for React, Vue.js, or AngularJS, which type of library would you prefer between:

    1 ) A single maintained cross-framework library that is 100% compatible and can be integrated with any popular framework like Vue, React, Angular 2, Svelte, etc.

    2) A native framework-specific library developed to work only on target framework like ElementUI for Vue, Ant Design for React.

    Your advice would help a lot! Thanks in advance :)

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    Hello, A question to frontend developers. I am a beginner on frontend.

    I am building a UI for my company to replace old legacy one with React and this question is about choosing how to apply design to it.

    I have Tailwind CSS on one hand and Ant Design on the other (I didnt like mui and Bootstrap doesn't seem to have enterprise components as ant) As far as I understand, tailwind is great. It allows me to literally build an application without touching the css but I have to build my own react components with it. Ant design or mantine has ready to use components which I can use and rapidly build my application.

    My question is, is it the right approach to: - Use a component framework for now and replace legacy app. - Introduce tailwind later when I have a frontend resource in hand and then build own component library

    Thank you.

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    Material logo

    Material

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    A Graphics Framework for Material Design in Swift
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    PROS OF MATERIAL
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      Good Documentation
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      Samples included
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      IOS benefits
    CONS OF MATERIAL
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      iOS logo

      iOS

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      PROS OF IOS
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        Integrated with other Apple products
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        Privacy
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        Apple
      CONS OF IOS
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        Material-UI

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        Material UI is a library of React UI components that implements Google's Material Design.
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        PROS OF MATERIAL-UI
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          React
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          Material Design
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          Ui components
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          CSS framework
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          Component
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          Looks great
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          Good documentation
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          Responsive
        • 9
          LESS
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          Ui component
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          Open source
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          Code examples
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          Flexible
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          JSS
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          Angular
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          Very accessible
        • 3
          Fun
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          Supports old browsers out of the box
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          Interface
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          Designed for Server Side Rendering
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          Easy to work with
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          Css
        CONS OF MATERIAL-UI
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          Hard to learn. Bad documentation
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          Hard to customize
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          Hard to understand Docs
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          Extra library needed for date/time pickers
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          Bad performance
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          For editable table component need to use material-table

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        Adebayo Akinlaja
        Engineering Manager at Andela · | 29 upvotes · 1.5M views

        I picked up an idea to develop and it was no brainer I had to go with React for the frontend. I was faced with challenges when it came to what component framework to use. I had worked extensively with Material-UI but I needed something different that would offer me wider range of well customized components (I became pretty slow at styling). I brought in Evergreen after several sampling and reads online but again, after several prototype development against Evergreen—since I was using TypeScript and I had to import custom Type, it felt exhaustive. After I validated Evergreen with the designs of the idea I was developing, I also noticed I might have to do a lot of styling. I later stumbled on Material Kit, the one specifically made for React . It was promising with beautifully crafted components, most of which fits into the designs pages I had on ground.

        A major problem of Material Kit for me is it isn't written in TypeScript and there isn't any plans to support its TypeScript version. I rolled up my sleeve and started converting their components to TypeScript and if you'll ask me, I am still on it.

        In summary, I used the Create React App with TypeScript support and I am spending some time converting Material Kit to TypeScript before I start developing against it. All of these components are going to be hosted on Bit.

        If you feel I am crazy or I have gotten something wrong, I'll be willing to listen to your opinion. Also, if you want to have a share of whatever TypeScript version of Material Kit I end up coming up with, let me know.

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        My React website is a simple 5-pager that attaches to a database to store and display registrations and other data. The user (small user base) can change any form elements, but I don't need theme-ing, though that would be fun for the user. reactstrap/react-bootstrap built on Bootstrap 4 sounds dated. I am familiar with reactstrap, but a friend said to try Material-UI. The thought of learning it is interesting, but somehow I think it might be overkill. So... reactstrap, react-bootstrap, or Material UI, which should I use?

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        Angular Material  logo

        Angular Material

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        Easy to use material design for angular
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        PROS OF ANGULAR MATERIAL
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          Components
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          Backed by a well known company
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          Simple
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          Easy
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          Very good documentation
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          Rte
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          Implements well known material design
        CONS OF ANGULAR MATERIAL
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          Fairly large

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