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Differences between React and Angular

Before reading this article, you first need to understand that it is difficult to objectively compare some technical solutions or tools and sometimes it is not entirely correct, because each of them has its own functions, strengths, and weaknesses.

But we will try to compare React and Angular as simply and objectively as possible.


If you look at the charts on Google Trends and compare Angular and React, you can immediately draw 2 conclusions:

  • These are the 2 most popular frameworks and they have jointly started growing in popularity around 2013.
  • Now React is slightly ahead of Angular in terms of search queries.

But judging who is better just from the popularity charts in Google Trends is not entirely professional. Therefore, we will analyze the functionality and characteristics of both React and Angular in more detail.



What is React?

React is a JavaScript library developed by Facebook in 2013. It is great for building modern single page apps of any size and scale.

React was originally developed by Facebook for its own needs, to optimize and facilitate component development. It is believed that React is used more often on Facebook than Angular on Google.

React is chosen by many well-known companies because it has many advantages. React was chosen by such large companies as:

  • Airbnb
  • Uber
  • Netflix
  • Instagram 
  • DropBox
  • WhatsApp

Consider the same strongest benefits of React:

  • React.js is SEO friendly

Another React.js benefit is its ability to deal with a common search engine failure to read JavaScript-heavy apps. As a solution, React can run on the server, rendering and returning the virtual DOM to the browser as a regular webpage.

Though some improvements have taken place at Google, we shouldn’t forget about other search engine platforms, like Yahoo, Bing or Baidu. Moreover, we need to take into account various microformat web use-cases, like Open Graph, Twitter Cards, etc., because Facebook, Slack, or Twitter won`t execute your JS and mainly depend on SSR.  

  •  React.js in business apps facilitate easy maintenance and updates

As a business person, your worst dream is that your web app crashes in the middle of the peak shopping season. When you build a web application using React, a major benefit that you get is that the web app is easy to maintain. 

One of the unique features of React.js is that you can reuse the system components in React apps.

The reusability feature makes code manipulation more manageable and provides a much better look to the app code, enhancing its scalability.

  • Easy transition to mobile with React Native

It’s very likely that you would want to build a mobile app after building a web app once your business scales. React facilitates the smoothest transition from the web to mobile, as the code written in ReactJS is easily compatible with React Native. 

React Native is one of the fastest and most efficient mobile app development environments. It has also become common for startups to use React Native for building an MVP.

It works on the same principles as React.js, except the fact that it does not manipulate the DOM with a virtual DOM, but uses Native views instead.

  • Stability

Since React.js only uses downward data flow, it has a more stable core. Whenever you do any changes in child structure, the parent structure remains unaffected from the changes. So, whenever your React.js developers want to change an object, they only have to modify the state, make amendments, and only then proceed further with updating. This structure ensures that the code is stable and delivers a smooth app performance.

Due to its reusability feature, React.js develops amazing Android web applications. The feature of data flow from a single point is extremely important for a React.js development company to employ this framework.

  • Boosts Project Performance

The Virtual DOM referenced before insistently speeds up current web applications since it dispenses with the use of code-weighty frameworks, for example, jQuery and other bootstrapping libraries. React.js itself is adequate in making great-looking front-end ideas and joining with its super-quick delivering abilities is a characteristic fit for organizations to use in their services.

React.js is very beneficial to the companies, especially those who are dealing with web and mobile app development. With its compatibility and reusability factors, developers find coding and testing quite flexible as well. These business benefits of React.js make it a favourable framework in the industry.

  • Cost-Efficient

When it comes to developing a software application for your own company, creating an in-house team becomes expensive. Therefore, the majority of the businesses prefer to outsource React.js app development company for their project. This saves a lot of money that goes behind hiring a React.js developer, paying his office expenses, subscribing to various tools, paying electricity bills, and more.

As for the advantages on the part of developers and not on the business side, programmers have no particular complaints about React. Since this environment is now at an active stage of development, which makes it stable and accurate in work.

Choose React if you need:

  • Lightweight modern enterprise-grade applications in a short time
  • Flexible work and secure solutions for website development
  • To develop cross-platform or single-page applications
  • To expand the functionality of an existing application
  • Strong community support and solutions



What is Angular?

Angular is an open-source, JavaScript framework written in TypeScript. Google maintains it, and its primary purpose is to develop single-page applications. As a framework, Angular has clear advantages while also providing a standard structure for developers to work with. It enables users to create large applications in a maintainable manner.

The biggest companies who uses Angular:

  • Google
  • Linkedin
  • Forbes
  • Indeed
  • UpWork
  • General Motors
  • Nike
  • Sony

One of the interesting facts is that one of the world’s most visited websites is made with Angular 5. The website is working smoothly and has a fully responsive design. This corresponds to the principle for 100 years old magazine “Write once, use everywhere.”


Benefits of using Angular

Many versions of Angular have been released since its launch. All these versions have increased the efficiency of the framework.

1. Custom Components

Angular enables users to build their own components that can pack functionality along with rendering logic into reusable pieces. It also plays well with the web components.

2. Browser Compatibility

Angular is cross-platform and compatible with multiple browsers. Angular applications can typically run on all browsers (Eg: Chrome, Firefox) and OSes, such as Windows, macOS, and Linux.

  1. Powerful ecosystem

As Angular has been around for donkey’s years, it’s been snowed under by packages, plugins, add-ons, and development tools. You can explore a part of the community work by looking at the list of Angular Resources. These include IDEs, tooling, UI environments, Angular Universal for server-side rendering that we mentioned above, analytics tools, facilities for ASP .NET, data libraries, etc.

  1. Seamless updates using Angular CLI

Angular command-line interface is favored by many engineers for various reasons. It’s easy to set up, user-friendly, comes with testing tooling out of the box, simple commands, and more.

One of the impressive features of version 6 is the NG update <package> command. It checks the package and makes recommendations for updates possibly required for all dependencies, including loaders and plugins. Some code updates that involve 3rd-party dependencies can be updated automatically by the 3rd party if – for instance – they decide to fix something in their products. You may check how this works on the Angular Update Guide page.

  1. Google Long-Term Support

Some software engineers consider the mere fact that Angular is supported by Google a major advantage of the technology. While this may sound justified, Google itself is not enough. The good sign though is that Google announced Long-Term Support (LTS) for the technology. Igor Minar and Steven Fluin, the engineers behind Angular, confirmed this commitment in the NG-Conf 2017 Keynote.

What this basically means is that Google plans to stick with the Angular ecosystem and its further development, trying to hold the lead positions among the front-end engineering tools.

  1. Performance

The next step after consistency is productivity. Angular developers no longer need to worry so much about whether they are doing it right or not. Once you learn how to write one component simply by following the same general guidelines and code structure, you can start writing another.

Have you ever seen a broken record that is constantly spinning from side to side or the starting top? It feels like you just go on and on with many other frameworks that you have known in the past. All you have to do is combine it all with Angular CLI, the code snippets the team builds, and you will be consistent and productive.

Suppose, for example, that you are using TypeScript to build an Angular application – I assure you that you will receive a wide range of product benefits. Access reliable code with editors such as VS code and Webstorm. This proves to be extremely useful when programmers use and manipulate various data / model objects.

Choose Angular if you need:

  • To develop a large and multifunctional application.
  • Reliable and scalable framework.
  • Real-time applications, such as chat or messaging applications.
  • Native apps, mashups, or web apps that are long-term and substantial investment projects.
  • Programming in TypeScript.
  • Object-oriented programming.

You can also comprehensively describe the functionality of React and Angular using such sheets.



In conclusion 

When you have to compare technologies, it’s never easy. Because you always have to take into account the fact that every technology is unique and has a clear purpose. And it solves a particular problem in a particular setting.

Then we have tried to compare Angular and React as objectively as possible. So that after reading the article you have a common understanding of these two technologies and know in which cases you should apply React and in which – Angular.

We at Rivo Agency provide both Angular.js and React.js development services. If you need more advice about your project, we are always happy to help. Feel free to contact us anytime.


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