Good content is the soul of a website and is something that sets your website apart from everyone else and helps in delivering the right message to your customers. Consequently, good web development has a major role to play in controlling the user experience, managing content relevancy, as well as conversion process. With so much emphasis on web development, the demand for web developers is also increasing in the market because of which more and more people are willing to enter this field. This blog is going to focus on one of the major dilemmas faced by web developers i.e. choosing one between React vs Angular frameworks.
For a web developer, new to this field, it is often confusing to make a choice between React vs Angular. Sometimes people end up taking wrong decisions and regret them later. But, you need not worry anymore, as in this blog we’ll draw an ultimate comparison between these two and will help you choose the better framework for yourself. So, let’s begin with discussing the key features of both of these frameworks one by one.
Key Attributes of React
- Uses third-party libraries
- Improves user experience and possesses fast speed
- Rapid development
- It is composabile
- Saves time
- Facebook is totally behind it
- Provides code stability
Key Attributes of Angular
- Built-in support for HTTP, AJAX, and Observables
- Improved error-handling support
- Seamless updates
- In line with the current technologies
- Local CSS
- Saves time
- Clear and concise coding
- Separation of business logic and user interface
Now, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of using React and Angular-
- Easy to use and learn
- Includes reusable components
- Enhances performance
- Has scope of testing codes
- Eases the creation of dynamic web apps
- Poor documentation
- Complexity of JSX
- Environment changes at a faster pace
- Model-View-Controller architecture
- Easy management of components
- Services and dependency injection
- High scalability
- The learning curve is steep
- Has limited SEO options
- Lack of details in CLI documentation
- Verbose as an instrument
These pros and cons are evidence that both of these frameworks are extremely useful in one or the other way and also have respective flipsides. Based on this, we can say that in a way it depends on your priorities, likings, and aversions to decide which should you choose. Anyways, before we conclude anything let’s look at some other key factors of React vs Angular for a better comparison.
React vs Angular – Differences
React on one side works on Virtual DOM, which is basically a lightweight copy of a Real DOM or you can say it’s the JS representation of actual DOM. On the other hand, Angular works on Real DOM and follows the Model-View-Controller pattern.
To perform testing, React requires a set of tools whereas in Angular, testing and debugging are possible with a single tool only. Hence, testing and debugging becomes easy with Angular.
In React, the documentation is faster even though it undergoes regular updates. On the other side, documentation is comparatively slow in Angular because of the ongoing development process.
Angular with a size of approx 92KB is larger than React with an approx size of 46KB.
ReactJS, being a library is widely used for the creation of Single-page applications by companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Instagram, Netflix, and Paypal. On the other side, Angular is used largely for creating applications such as video streaming apps or music instrument apps. Companies such as Google, Youtube, Forbes, Wix, and Telegram make use of Angular.
On one side where React takes a longer time to set up, Angular setup is quite easy. However, React is very fast in building apps and delivering projects whereas Angular may delay project delivery because of the increase in coding time.
Use of code
React enables us to change the code as per our desires. On the other side, Angular has many ready-to-use elements that come from a specific provider and therefore, there are priority collisions.
The charts mentioned below distinctively show how React outperforms Angular both in terms of preference as well as job perspective. These trends are evidence of the fact that more people are inclined towards opting for React instead of Angular.
The developers’ community has liked both React and Angular. However, React has continued to be more popular than Angular. Even though React (a library) is being compared with a full-fledged framework, still it has a higher preference than Angular and the sole reason behind this is the early release of React. So, we can’t really judge the usefulness of these platforms only on the basis of popularity.
Both of these platforms render amazing services and this is the reason why they have made significant applications worldwide. So, let’s look at the different organizations that have made use of React and Angular.
React use cases-
The New York times
In a new project of The New York times, they have used the Reactjs platform to allow users to apply filters and find pictures of their choice. Hence, Reactjs has made it possible to re-render and has stood out as one of the most impressive features.
For low-performance devices, this world-class media streaming platform uses Reactjs for enhancing the runtime performance, modularizing, and increase the startup speed.
Angular use cases-
This popular freelancing platform makes use of Angular for maintaining the functionalities efficiently and reflecting the changes in a fraction of seconds.
This worldwide payment gateway used Angular for constructing its checkout system consisting of crucial features like the payment review page and adding credit card pages. These important features usually carry a high level of security concerns and efficient functionalities as primary requirements.
Which one to choose when?
Now, the question arises which is better, React or Angular? In a nutshell, it must be understood that both of these frameworks are specialized for different purposes and hence, we can choose both of them depending on the type of applications we’re trying to develop. So, the answer for choosing React vs Angular depends from person to person. However, from the above shreds of evidence, it can be concluded that you may opt for React for SPAs and Angular for comparatively large projects. Also, for a fresher, it is better to opt for React instead of Angular because it’ll be comparatively easier to learn and you won’t get pissed off with frequent upgrades as they are there in Angular. So, wisely determine your preference and choose the framework accordingly.
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