When comparing Knockout vs Preact, the Slant community recommends Knockout for most people. In the question“What are the best React.js alternatives?” Knockout is ranked 6th while Preact is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose Knockout is:
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Pro Easy data binding
Pro Easy to learn
Has a low entry barrier and an easy learning curve. It's especially easy to learn for beginners.
Pro Built in templating
Bindings in Knockout can also be used to control the generated structure of the HTML. There are bindings provided to allow for iteration and conditionals. The structure of the html reflects the structure of the data so iterative elements are bound to arrays in the data model. Having the HTML structure maintained by bindings keeps the templating simple, easy to read, and maintain.
Knockout also allows for string based templating so you can use whatever templating library you prefer.
Pro Dynamic models help with keeping the code simple and clean
Models in Knockout can be watched to keep the page data up to date by using observable objects. The observables notify Knockout when data is changed and automatically updates the page when this happens. By having Knockout maintain this relation, it keeps the front end code cleaner and simpler, and by enforcing a consistent pattern with observables the methodology can be more robust.
Pro Legacy browser support
Supports a large number of browsers, including IE6.
Pro Great documentation
The excellent tutorials with built-in exercises are a great learning experience, even for people without prior MVVM and data binding experience.
Pro Very flexible
One can do a lot of things and it keeps self references and other types of loops under control.
Pro Lightweight and plays nicely with other libraries
Pro It's only a library
Knockout does one thing, and does it well. It doesn't try to take on more than one area. It does MVVM data binding and that is it.
Pro Simple manageable modules
Using components is a great way of breaking up large modules into simpler ones.
The size when gzipped is only 3kb, and performance is as good as (or even faster than) React itself.
Pro Same API as react
Avoids having to learn an entire new paradigm, and makes it easy to switch between the two libraries later on.
Pro Awesome CLI
Preact CLI gives you a perfect scoring PWA out-of-the-box with no configuration.
Pro Lots of examples and libraries
They have a bunch of examples and addon libraries.
Con Seems to be dead
KO has been stuck at version 3.4 for a long time, and there's not a lot of community activity.
Con Can become complex once the application grows large
Knockout leaves the application structure to the developer and it can become quite complex and unmanageable in the hands of a beginner once the application grows large and complex.
Con Two way binding requires a little extra work
When allowing users to edit existing data, the two-way binding of observables means you'll need to have to save original values before they're edited, to make comparisons or revert if the user cancels the action.
Con Slower than others when amount of objects grows
Knockout has a bad performance when the dealing with large amount of objects. You can see more here.
Con Difficult to learn
You need to be good in react js first to learn preact. Documentation is not rich. And some of the examples given on site are not working. Developers are not much active on stackoverflow as well.