Material UI, What To Know Before You Use It.
The front end of any project is only as good as the user thinks it is. Users want the website to be fast, and efficient, but most importantly they want it to be intuitive. They want to be able to navigate the website/app without getting lost or confused and they want it to look good while they do it. This is where CSS comes in, it is what organizes and decorates the pages so the user will know exactly what each button or component will do. Raw CSS can get cumbersome and hard to write so there are several front-end frameworks to get the job done that try to make it easier for the developer. One of these Frameworks is Material UI. Material UI is a popular choice because it is open-source, backward-compatible, is well documented and it was made for React, one of the most popular front-end frameworks.
The syntax for using Material UI will feel familiar to anyone who is used to React as they are very similar. On the Material UI website there are tens of thousands of pre-made displays that can be copied and edited to better suit your project. All you need to do to use them is import them directly to the page after installing Material UI from your terminal. You can search for a design that you like from the site and then just copy the import code directly from there. From text boxes to icons and tables, they have made creating professional-looking front-end components seamless.
Sometimes the hardest part about learning to use new frameworks is navigating through the docs to find what you need. Material UIs documentation is updated regularly so it is almost always up to date, and it is very easy to navigate through. In the ‘getting started’ section of the docs there are step-by-step instructions so you can learn the basics of the framework. There are also several tutorials in the ‘How To Guides’ section to learn how to use the framework's components with TypeScript, Routing, server rendering, testing, and much more. This makes it very approachable to new users even if you have never used a styling framework before.
Before you choose to use any framework, you should always make sure that it is supported on all the other tech that you plan to use in your project. MUI is supported on all the major browsers and platforms aside from Internet Explorer 11 which is only partially supported. You will need to look out for some of the components as they may not be supported or the support has degraded. You will need to install the legacy bundle on the MUI website if you plan on rendering on Internet Explorer. The only server currently supported is a Node.js server that is at least version 12.17. Because MUI was made for React, it is not hard to believe that it only works if you are using React for your front end. This disqualifies popular frameworks like Vue.js and Angular. Lastly, TypeScript is also supported for all of your type needs.
As long as you are using the things listed above, you should have no problems(out of the ordinary) using Material UI. The well put together documentation and vast library of useable components that are all open-source will make your life easier when it comes down to styling.