Therefore, to choose the right framework for a new project, it is imperative to understand the underlying key differences clearly. In this blog, we are demystifying the differences between React and Angular JS so that one can pick the right tool wisely depending on the application requirements.
Before taking a deep dive into the comparison of the two most popular Web Technologies for 2019, here’s a peek at the basics of React and Angular.
What is React JS?
What is Angular JS?
Angular JS is also an open-source front-end development framework. The library was developed and maintained by Google. The version Angular 2 and above, (released in September 2016), is a revised edition of Angular JS which was released originally in October 2010. It is a part of the MEAN stack and is used for creating highly dynamic websites and web apps. The most updated version of Angular JS is Angular 7 while the support for the first version is still active.
Let’s check out some popular websites built using these two frameworks.
So Which one is More Popular? On GitHub, Stack Overflow & Google Trends
Which of the two, then, is creating a monarchy on the land of Web Development?
Stack Overflow Ranking
While Angular JS was dominating the web development till 2016, it is gradually falling down from the chart with the replacement of React JS which is considerably gaining equal popularity quotient on Stack Overflow Trends.
Next, take a look at the Google Trends search volume of these two frameworks between 2016 to 2019. Well, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the popularity of Angular and React is rising neck to neck. Although Angular 2 is seen gradually rising in the early part of the above graph, ReactJS at some point around July-August 2018, is seen leaving Angular behind.
Let’s take a close look at the key differences:
The React JS is not a framework; it’s a library that interfaces with the View layer of the MVC architecture and thus does not support routing. Apparently, the React community is pretty large, and users can skim through various off-the-shelf and frequently updated components that will help them build their applications faster.
On the other hand, Angular is a framework and backed by many built-in modules such as Angular routers, Angular HTTP modules, and even Angular forms. This makes Angular JS an unfailing tool to kickstart complex web applications. Ostensibly, it clears that React might be more appropriate if the team is working on a small project that doesn’t need an array of choices. On the contrary, if someone is choosing to React, then he/she will probably need to add multifarious custom components to obtain more control over the structure of the code. Herein, Angular may be the clear winner.
The Path Ahead:
AngularJS being declarative will easily fit in if the focus is on the generic nature of the UI. Since it provides a solid built-in architecture, it offers a more organized approach irrespective of performance. While, on the other hand, custom elements and complex UI features are far better in ReactJS which help produce lightweight Web Applications.
It all boils down to a striking difference between a ‘flexible and faster React’ or a ‘more structured and organized’ Angular.
So, the answer to which framework is the best for Application Development comes down to the app requirements, complexity level and the experience of the hired Web Application Development Company.