Angular vs React: How to Choose the Right Technology

The never-ending battle between these two leading front-end frameworks Angular and React has been vicious for years. So which is the right choice for your next project?

Angular and React: The Most Popular Front-End Frameworks

The Brief History

Angular framework, developed by Google, was first released in 2010 as AngularJS based on JavaScript language. Angular’s distinguishing feature was the ability to turn HTML documents into dynamic content.

Six years later in 2016, Angular had a total makeover. Google completely rewrote the Angular framework with TypeScript, a relatively new programming language.

React library, created and supported by Facebook, was first seen by the world in March 2013 as a technology for building dynamic user interfaces.

React is based on JavaScript and JSX (a PHP extension). The latter is used to develop reusable HTML for further implementation in front-end development.

What is the Difference between React and Angular?

The next important thing to consider is the difference between TypeScript and JavaScript. The language is trendy and many developers are already familiar with it.

Only 17.4% of developers choose TypeScript, compared to the 69.8% popularity of JavaScript. Finding developers familiar with TypeScript is a little bit more challenging, but still possible as the popularity of Angular continues to grow.

React versus Angular: Factors to Consider

The Pros and Cons of Angular Framework

The main benefits for you to consider:

  • Two-way data binding
  • RxJS, a library for asynchronous programming
  • Angular CLI, a command-line interface
  • Angular Universal, a technology used to render Angular apps
  • Ivy render, a new rendering engine
  • Easy testing

The main drawback to consider:

  • Regular DOM

React Library: Benefits & Downsides

Here are the benefits React offers:

  • Virtual DOM
  • Next.js, a framework for the server-side rendering
  • Redux, a JavaScript library
  • JSX, a tool to store codes separately

The main disadvantages of React you should consider:

  • The one-way data binding
  • Testing a React app is challenging

Below you can see a table that summarizes all the information above:

Which One is Best for App Development?

  • If your team is familiar with Java and C#, since these languages have much in common with TypeScript
  • A project needs to be highly productive
  • Development team prefers to use out-of-the-box solutions
  • The application you intend to build is large-scale with a lot of features

Here is why one should use React:

  • You need to create a unique application with a high level of customization
  • The development team is comfortable working with HTML and JavaScript
  • You don’t need to rush and can include research and selection of tools prior to starting the development process
  • Your app will have a lot of dynamic, data-intensive, and constantly changing content

Popularity of Angular and React: What do World Giants Choose?

Let’s start with the Angular framework. The following companies support it:

  • Google uses Angular extensively in such applications and sites as Google Cloud Platform, AdWords, and many internal tools.
  • Nike built its official website with the technology.
  • Forbes created its official website with Angular 5.2.0.
  • Upwork built the front-end part of its website with this technology.
  • General Motors uses Angular in their cars.

The following tech companies choose React as a primary tool for front-end development:

  • Facebook uses its own React Library for the same-name app and Instagram.
  • Airbnb website is also built on React.
  • Uber used React Native in the UberEats application.
  • Netflix’s website is built on React. It allowed the company to decrease loading and Time-to-Interactive by 50%.
  • WhatsApp uses ReactJS for building user interfaces.

Conclusion: Which is the Winner?

This is a brief summary of an article published on MLSDev blog. If you would like to know more technical details about React and Angular and other well-known companies which apply these technologies — read the full article.

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