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Reactjs Vs Angularjs – All you need to know

Angular vs React

Reactjs vs Angularjs, a popular topic of comparison now a days. Reactjs and Angularjs we use to create interactive Single Page Applications, are both advanced, widely adopted Javascript technologies. Choosing the right framework for a new JavaScript system, application or website is a top priority for any business.

Both of these are unique, resourceful and are easy to use with high-end potential to build cutting-edge mobile and web applications. But stop, they have differences as well. This brings the topic over Web, “Reactjs vs Angularjs: which is better to use.”.

 

AngularJS vs ReactJS: The Difference

AngularJS is managed by Google and ReactJS is owned by Facebook.

TechnologyReactAngular
DeveloperGoogleFacebook
Technology typeFull-fledged MVC framework written in JavaScriptJavaScript library
(View in MVC; requires Flux to implement architecture)
Suits bestBest for SPAs that update single view at a timeBest for SPAs that update many views at a time
Last version15.4.0 (November 2016)1.6.0
DependenciesManages dependencies automaticallyRequires additional tools to manage dependencies
LanguageJavaScript + HTMLJavaScript + JSX
Data bindingTwo-way data bindingOne-way data binding
Concept
Brings JavaScript into HTML
Works with the real DOM
Client-side rendering
Brings HTML into JavaScript
Works with the virtual DOM
Server-side rendering
App ArchitectureNone, combined with FluxMVC
DOMVirtual DOMRegular DOM

 


Scalability

  1. Angular is easy to scale thanks to its design as well as a powerful CLI.
  2. React claims to be more testable and therefore scalable than vue and I think that is partly true..

3rd party library compatibility

  1. React. Although it doesn’t work with DOM, it is pure JavaScript logic and its popularity even the DOM based libraries have their alternative in React..
  2. Angular would have done better, if not Typescript that requires type definitions for every library.

Tooling

  1. React, angular and vue. All have great CLIs and work with any webpack-like tool.

Community and Popularity

1.Definitely React has been the most popular when it comes to English frontend and full stack communities in 2016. It is also becoming a good choice for native JavaScript mobile and even desktop apps.

2.Angular. Angular because it is made by google and its predecessor, angular 1 used to be very successful back in the days.

Jobs

  1. React and angular, as depending on where you are one of these frameworks will slightly dominate.

Performance

No ranking for this one, as all of them are comparable. React might be a bit faster when it fully support fiber, but now we are still in beta and nothing really can be done about it.

Company’s Perspective

  1. Angular has free open source licence. It is supported by Google, making it probably the best choice for a company, as there is also less things that differ between angular practices.
  2. React used to come with a patent clause that for some businesses was quite a big issue, but recently they switched to MIT.

Beyond the Web

This is where there is a lot to talk about; native rendering. All libraries are capable of doing so, but some of them perform better than others.

  1. react — with react native, react sketchapp and next.js, it is the best choice when it
  2. angular comes with ionic 2 and nativescript, but neither of those mobile frameworks allow angular to reach the performance of react native.

Simplicity + Code Length

  1. react is fairly simple to understand but in fact it takes a long time to set up a react project.
  2. angular is not simple at all. Its complexity often causes a lot of confusion and angular specific 3rd party libraries and syntax

Development time

  1. React takes longer to set up, but then you can start to make an app and it should be relatively easy to add new features.
  2. Angular although being very competitive, the amount of unnecessary syntax it requires to do simple things puts angular in the last place.

Size

  1. react is bigger than vue, but still smaller than angular. That’s all I’ve got to say.
  2. angular is way bigger, causing longer load times and performance issues on mobiles.

The future / 2017

Here are my predictions for 2017 for all these frameworks:

  • React team will introduce fiber, and make react way quicker than vue and angular.
  • Angular team will try to encourage more people to use angular, and in my opinion they will fail miserably.

So what is the best for you?

To sum up, there is never a perfect solution and there never will be. However, here is a useful list to help you make the decision:

  • if you are a passionate developer, try all, but chose between vue and react and let your gut make the decision
  • if you are a start up, go with either react or vue.
  • Angular would be a better choice for companies with big teams
  • Google -> angular
  • if you like simplicity, get vue.
  • if you like to use templates, go for vue or angular.
  • if you prefer JavaScript and JSX, try out everything.
  • if you 💙 Typescript, use angular or maybe, maybe vue.

To summarise, choose your framework as soon as you can and don’t, please don’t stay undecided. I had that for a few moths, not fun. I decided to sacrifice the popularity and go for what my mind tells me is the best, currently vue.

 

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