AngularJS vs ReactJS – Which one is better for front-end web development?

When it comes to selecting the right JavaScript framework for exceptional web development, there is a considerable amount of debate on whether AngularJS or ReactJS is a smarter choice for front-end development. These development technologies are continually evolving and posing serious competition to each other, even in 2019, thereby causing confusion among developers and vendors. This article provides a brief overview of both AngularJS and ReactJS, their basic differences, their benefits, and lastly, how they each add value to web development in general.

AngularJS

AngularJS is developed by Google and made its inception back in 2009, exactly a decade back. It is one of the most compelling JavaScript frameworks – an open-source client-side web framework having an extensive range of features that gives developers more control over web applications. It is based on JavaScript and HTML.

Some of the general characteristics of AngularJS include:

  • Allows developers to come up with single-page applications, ensuring great quality and maintainability.
  • Allows users to code client-side applications in a clean Model View Controller way.
  • Facilitates Rich Internet Applications.
  • Applications coded using AngularJS are browser complaint.
  • Angular libraries help in creating strong template solutions.

Benefits of AngularJS front-end development framework:

Cleaner Code

AngularJS makes use of TypeScript programming language, a superset of Javascript. It allows web developers to write error-free cleaner code leading to better overall code quality. This comes in handy when you are gunning for enterprise app development.

Quick Development

AngularJS extends HTML to the web development code and thus has a significantly reduced learning curve. Developing web apps using AngulaJS is notably easier for web developers and isn’t very laborious.

Better Server Performance

AngularJS supports caching and hence, takes the load off servers. Here, servers serve static files and only respond to API calls. This yields a better performance from servers owing to less traffic.

Parallel Development

AngularJS supports parallel development, courtesy of the framework’s ability to handle dependency coupled with MVC architecture. Moreover, the technology offers complete control to the developers.

Convenient Testing

AngularJS supports both end-to-end testing as well as unit testing. This allows easy and flexible testing at all levels of web development.

ReactJS

ReactJS has been developed by Facebook and has only been in use for a few years now. It came into use in 2013 and is based on JavaScript and JSX. It has an open-source library and is chiefly used for building a dynamic user interface (UI) for Web applications. 

Some of the general characteristics of ReactJS include:
  • Uses DOM to significantly improve the app’s performance
  • Can be used on the client as well as on the server-side
  • Maintaining larger apps is fairly easy as it uses components and data patterns
  • Supports iOS and Android platforms
  • Allows developers to develop isomorphic or universal web applications

Benefits of ReactJS front-end development framework:

Better User Experience

Unlike other JavaScript frameworks, React Native makes use of the abstract form of Real DOM. Hence, changes made by users can be rendered without actually influencing the interface. It thus offers dynamic and interactive web pages, coupled with flawless user experience.

Quick Testing

ReactJS extensively uses Redux, making the testing process quite hassle-free. This helps with storage and management of large and complex applications. Redux allows developers to add application state to objects in a way that other components can readily access it without using callbacks or other child components.

Time-Saving

React Native works by combining small units or components into bigger ones, wherein each component behaves as an independent unit with its own logic. Thus, changes made to one part doesn’t affect the other units. Besides, the updates are easily manageable.

Cost-Effective

ReactJS allows developers to work directly using components. It uses downward data binding preventing parent entities from getting affected by child entities.

Conclusion

Both AngularJS and ReactJS are readily used by web developers around the globe, and even by web development companies in India. Both have their own advantages and drawbacks, and hence, none is a clear winner. While AngularJS is a comprehensive framework, ReactJS is more of a library and needs less coding. There are plenty of differences between the two, thus what matters is what best suits your project.

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