Differences between React and Angular

Nowadays, the digital market is occupied by two front-end technological giants – React and Angular. Both of them are a real relief in the work of front-end engineers but other specialists, newbies, and especially customers don't have a single clue what is the difference between them. So here we will try to figure it out.

Here we will try to compare these two marvelous technologies and make everything as clear as possible.

In terms of popularity, we can see from the graphic that React is much ahead of Angular. The main reason for this is the flexibility and opportunity to do more custom things. Angular, in turn, is more conservative and with a strict ecosystem that does not allow violating its rules. So due to this fact and some other of them, Google Trends shows us the immense growth of ReactJS in comparison to Angular.

 

 

What is React?

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

React was originally developed by Meta for its own needs, to optimize and facilitate component development. Flexibility, easiness, and comfort made React rather popular, first in small circles and later across the globe.

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 benefits of React:

  • ReactJS is SEO friendly

This technology provides huge opportunities for SEO optimization. Most of the clients think that WordPress with Yoast SEO plugin is one of the best decisions for SEO, but believe us, React is not far behind it.
To make your React app SEO friendly, you just need to add a necessary library and take a good SEO specialist to get a good and qualitative result.
Another React.js benefit is its ability to deal with a common search engine failure to read JavaScript-heavy apps. That, in turn also helps greatly in SEO optimization.

  • ReactJS facilitates easy maintenance and updates in business apps

As a businessman or businesswoman, your worst dream is that your web app crashes in the middle of the peak of the 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. That feature also helps to prevent some sudden crashes because Reacts flexibility allows rescuing a bigger number of exceptions.
Moreover, because of good code maintenance, the fixing of crashes will be way easier and faster. So the damage to a sudden crash if such will exist will be reduced to the minimum.

  • 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 ReactJS, except for the fact that it does not manipulate the DOM with a virtual DOM, but uses Native views instead.

  • Stability

Since ReactJS only uses downward data flow, it has a more stable core. Whenever you do any changes in child structure, the parent structure remains unaffected by the changes. So, whenever your ReactJS 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 will be stable and deliver a smooth app performance.

Due to its reusability feature, ReactJS allows the development of amazing Android and iOS web applications with React Native. Also, React demands a strong logic to put all the elements together and that makes them a single unit. Such a feature makes your code even more stable.

  • Project performance boost

Due to the fact that ReactJS is flexible and provides freedom in development, it allows the creation of more efficient and solid solutions that can boost the performance and productivity of any app. With such an advantage, you will be able to develop apps faster and improve their performance with new and nonstandard solutions. Users like fast and high-quality apps, and with ReactJS you can deliver such apps to them.
Furthermore, React has a lot of libraries and already made solutions aimed to improve the productivity of any app, and that makes this technology a real gem in development.

  • 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 businesses prefer to outsource ReactJS app development for their project. This saves a lot of money that goes behind hiring a ReactJS developer, paying his office expenses, subscribing to various tools, paying electricity bills, and more.

Moreover, developing with ReactJS is much faster and more qualitative, so the Math is simple here. If you pay developers or an outsource company hourly, it is in your interest if they develop your project faster. In that way, you will get your product and pay less for that because everything was done fast. In case, you had a fixed price it is also beneficial, for you get your app in time and the process of development won’t last too long or with delays. Also, ReactJS is modern technology, so you won’t have such a headache as migration for a long time.

Choose React if you need:

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

What is Angular?

Angular is an open-source 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.
Angular has a strict environment and rules, following which you will be able to create a powerful and elegant website or app. Modern Angular versions up to 14th use TypeScript as a superset of JS. With such a mighty tool, development becomes even more efficient and stronger in terms of fixing bugs and errors.

The biggest companies who use Angular:

  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • Forbes
  • Indeed
  • Upwork
  • General Motors
  • Nike
  • Sony

Benefits of using Angular

Many versions of Angular have been released since its launch. All these versions have increased the efficiency of the development of different websites and apps and brought it to a new qualitative level. Let’s consider some of them.

  • 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.

  • Browser Compatibility

Angular is cross-platform and compatible with multiple browsers. Angular applications can typically run on all browsers and operating systems. Such comparability is a huge advantage and relief for a great number of developers, for they don’t have to think about tricks to handle this cross-platform compatibility.

  • Powerful ecosystem

As Angular has been around for a long time, 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, analytics tools, facilities for ASP .NET, data libraries, etc.

  • Seamless updates using Angular CLI

The Angular command-line interface is favored by many engineers for various reasons. It’s easy to set up, user-friendly and 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.

  • Google Long-Term Support

As far as Angular is the child of Google, it provides strong support to that technology. For example, the problem of migration wasn’t so widespread because Google supported AngularJS, the very first version, and the older one during the time it was at least somehow useful on the market. Google provides tools, plugins, and everything needed to make the work of developers as comfy as possible.

  • Performance

Angular gives a lot of advantages in development and one of them is performance. Every framework boosts the development process and makes work easier and more efficient. Angular is not an exception. Using it, you will make your job simpler and faster. Moreover, if you learn all the laws and rules of using Angular, your job will be a pleasure for you, because you will already have the ready solutions. In addition, when you create some components, they likely have to obey the same logic and rules of Angular’s ecosystem, so you don’t need to invent the wheel again and again.

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
  • Programming in TypeScript

You can also comprehensively compare the functionality of React and Angular using such table below:

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 case.

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

At RIVO AGENCY, we provide both Angular and ReactJS 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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