Published on September 24, 2019 • by Mrinal Khullar Updated on December 9, 2023 • 9 min Read
Developers across the globe have owned React and Angular as their primary tools for front-end enhancements. In fact, in the year 2018, 64.8% of ReactJS developers have agreed to use it again for future developments. The growing interest comes in contrast with 48.7% and 57.7% respectively from the preceding years 2016 and 2017. Moreover, 19.15% of developers are looking to learn it.
Similarly, 23.8% of AngularJS developers have shown interest in 2018 for reusing the technology in the future, compared to 13.6% and 18.8% in the years 2016 and 2017. 19.4% of developers are interested to learn this technology.
The Hackernoon survey reveals the growing demand in the past three years. And that leaves us with a question- is ReactJS better? Or, is it AngularJS that can help you meet your needs? And if they are different, when to use AngularJS and ReactJS?
In the coming sections, we will explore each of these Frameworks, their features, and how is ReactJS different from AngularJS?
Brief Overview on ReactJS And AngularJS
ReactJS is more popular
ReactJS framework is preferred for its ability in building single-page applications, the very way Facebook functions. The entire website can navigate pages without burdening page load, saving navigation speed and thus the overall website performance.
AngularJS is a classical approach
Building a website on MVC is a more classical approach to develop highly functional and robust client-side applications. The developers can implement their codes, live preview and control the modules on a go, helping them deliver efficient codes in far lesser time.
The best part, it has its own sets of modules and structures that guide the coders at every step.
Comparison between ReactJS and AngularJS
The first thing that differentiates React and Angular is their purpose. While ReactJS is merely a Library, AngularJS evolves as a full-fledged framework that entails dependencies on various nodes. There is more to differences than just on pen and paper.
AngularJS is fed with a large number of features and options. With the groundwork being availed, the developers can implement the framework directly and with more ease.
On the contrary, React is an open-source platform, needs external component libraries to render the same set of features. That will involve some extra codings to call APIs, add unidirectional data flows and for managing the modules.
b.) Data Binding
ReactJS offers to bind data in one direction only. That is if a React developer makes changes in the Model, the View responds. However, the reverse is not true i.e., the Model doesn’t respond to changes at the View.
On the other hand, AngularJS offers bi-directional data binding. The Model responds to every change in View and vice-versa.
c.) Learning Curve
AngularJS, on the other hand, is difficult for the newcomers as the basics involve directives, modules, components, services and more. The huge number of learnings at the entry-level is a bit confusing for the beginners.
ReactJS with its open-source model turns out to be a far more elastic option. The framework can extend its support for extreme customizations. The Github survey mentioned above supports it, as 64.8% of developers agree to use it again, while only 6.8% aren’t planning to do that.
The virtual DOM of ReactJS quickens the performance of the website by a good margin. The website loads the entire data without refreshing the pages.
AngularJS, however, limits the developers with its complex set of pre-defined modules. The pre-designed groundwork often seems like a constraint to most developers. The classical approach makes it a bit slower.
e.) Directives And Templates
AngularJS comes with three layers- Model, View, and Controller. Every object is responsible for Model, which is initialized by Controller and transformed into HTML for creating View for the user. The template is thus HTML extended with AngularJS directives written in the form of tags or attributes.
AngularJS is highly scalable with its intuitive design and powerful CLI. ReactJS turns scalable with its testability.
Which is better- ReactJS or AngularJS?
The statistics and most of the features surely point to the domination of ReactJS over AngularJS. However, React isn’t clearly the better of the two. AngularJS had been better on various aspects, especially if we consider server-side rendering and the directives for a guided workflow. For obvious reasons, Google has been resuming its services on AngularJS for years now.
Both the frameworks entail a good number of support communities and they can help you any time, lowering down the developmental barriers.
Our experience with ReactJS and AngularJS development
Through the blogs, we have discussed their implementation, challenges and every query that hinders a website owner.
Final words on ReactJS and AngularJS difference
It will be too biased for supporting any one of the two frameworks. Through this blog, we differentiated ReactJS and AngularJS on various aspects, discussed their pros and cons and more. The final call stays with you based on your project requirements and available resources.