Let’s have a quick introduction of Angular and React JS.
Angular was developed by google and it was initially released in 2010. Until 2016, Angular used to be called as Angular JS. But in 2016, Angular team released Angular 2, which was a complete rewrite of Angular JS and it was actually a completely new framework. So, in order to reduce the confusion from the previous one, the angular team decided to drop JS from the original name and they call this new framework Angular.
React is developed and maintained by Facebook. React was released in 2013. Now here we need to keep a point in mind that React JS is the library to build interactive user interfaces. On the other hand, Angular is a complete framework. Now let us move on further and compare both of them based on certain factors to decide which one would be better to choose.
Learning curve: If somebody wants to make an application or project on Angular then they need to learn a lot of things like typescript in depth, MVC also there are so many other concepts to learn such as modules, decorators, directives, dependency injection, pipes, templates, services because angular is a complete full-blown framework. Angular has coding which is strict which gives a clear structuring but there are so many things to learn if somebody wants to enter angular.
Component and size: The Framework Angular works on a real DOM and also it follows MVC pattern. This framework follows bidirectional data flow and also it is large in size as compared to React. The framework React on the other hand works on virtual DOM which is a lightweight copy of a real DOM. On the other hand. React follows on unidirectional data flow and the size of react is smaller as compared to that of Angular.
Migration and community support: Angular releases its newer version or make updates every six months. So, in a year, there are two major releases or updates in order to make the necessary changes. There are developers who have experienced so many breaking changes since it has been released. Angular framework is supported by huge and active communities of Google and its current version is 7.0. However, react is maintained by Facebook and current version is 16.0. Upgrades in react is easier as compared to that of Angular. Also, for Facebook stability is a major concern when it comes to releasing its new version because big companies like Twitter and Airbnb uses react. React has a good community support.
Application: Angular is most widely used for large applications like video streaming app or music instrument app because of its full-blown framework nature. On the other hand, react is just a library, so it is good for single page application or when it doesn’t require much formatting.
Angular is used by companies like Google Forbes, YouTube, telegram and react is used by companies like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Netflix, Uber and the list is endless.
In the end, we have come to the point where we can select any one technology. Can we? All in all, react is somewhat choosing an easy way to get the job done since it hasn’t much to do with organising HTML, but instead it has the simplest ways to reuse the UI components.
While Angular is alone capable of handling multiple things on its own without depending on any additional help, so it may seem tricky at first. Before we come to any conclusion, we need to keep in mind that there is no best framework or library. Choosing a framework or library completely depends on your project level requirements and your goals.
Everything framework or library has some pros and cons and same goes with React and Angular. From the above all factors, if you are a beginner or have less coding practise and also if you want stability for your project you can go with React because its learning curve is fast and easier and it might be frustrating if you’re choosing Angular because after every six months you will experience major upgrade for Angular.