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Angular vs React: Still Confused What to pick?


Angular vs React:Angular is a JavaScript framework written in TypeScript. It was developed and is maintained by Google, and is described as a “Superheroic JavaScript MVWFramework” on Angular’s webpage. Angular (version 2 and above), originally released in September 2016, is a complete rewrite of AngularJS (released in October 2010). The newest major release is version 6 at the time of writing. Google AdWords, one of the most important projects at Google, uses Angular – so Angular is likely to be around for a while. Framework Link: https://www.angularjs.org/

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React is a JavaScript library developed and maintained by Facebook. It was released in March 2013 and is described as “a JavaScript library for building user interfaces”. React is used far more at Facebook than Angular is at Google if it’s any indication as to how big Facebook is betting on this technology. By this metric, you can also conclude that React will be around for a very long time.

The reason why we are concentrating this article on the comparison of Angular and React is partially because they come from a lineage of two solid competitors – Google and Facebook and partially because we had already covered React vs Flutter – the newest addition in the framework family, so it was time to compare React with a brand that has established itself in the industry at the back of its unmatched performance.

Angular-and React-overview

ReactJS is an open-source JavaScript library introduced by Facebook to build dynamic user interfaces. It is based on JavaScript and JSX (a PHP extension) and is considered widely for developing reusable HTML elements for front-end development.

Whereas, Angular is an open-source front-end development framework powered by Google. It is a part of MEAN stack and is compatible with a large number of code editors and is considered for creating dynamic websites and web apps. Its most recent stable version is Angular 7, while Google still supports the first version, i.e., AngularJS.


Conclusion of React vs. Angular

As you have seen through my many examples, React and Angular are two titans in a cutthroat industry. In a business where only the strongest survive, you can easily conclude that these are some of the best technologies on the market. You can’t go wrong with either one.


  1. Is a full framework
  2. Has a Regular DOM, which renders updates slower than React’s Virtual DOM
  3. The rendered JavaScript and HTML maintains a physical separation
  4. Utilizes Components: emerging web components standard
  5. Data Binding: two-way
  6. You must use TypeScript
  7. Mobile: Ionic and Cordova are slower than React Native
  8. Testing:  Jasmine & Mocha
  9. Learning Curve is higher, but once you understand it you have an entire MVC framework
  10. Scalability: easy to scale
  11. Popularity: dropped since AngularJS (Angular 1)
  12. Open source: GitHub stars: 40,963 / Contributors: 732 / Issue: 2,162
  13. Size: larger, resulting in longer load times and performance on mobile
  14. Used on: Google, Nike, Forbes, Upwork, General Motors, HBO, Sony

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  1. Just a small view library
  2. Has a Virtual DOM, which renders updates faster than Angular’s Regular DOM
  3. Uses JSX, which combines markup and logic in the same file (making components easier to read)
  4. Components: emerging web components standard
  5. Data Binding: one-way
  6. You Can use ES6/7 JavaScript, although you can use Typescript or Flow if you so choose
  7. Mobile: React Native is faster than Angular’s solutions
  8. Testing: Jest & Enzyme
  9. Learning Curve is lower, but you only get the view. Because of this, you’re going to have to learn a slew of 3rd party libraries. Ex. State management (Redux or MobX), Asynchronous calls (react-promise, react-thunk, or react-saga), etc.
  10. Scalability: is more testable, so also easy to scale
  11. Popularity: has increased exponentially
  12. Open source: GitHub stars: 111,927 / Contributors: 1,242 / Issues: 287
  13. Size: smaller than Angular, so a bit faster
  14. Used on: Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, Netflix, Instagram, Whatsapp, Dropbox
  15. React Fiber will increase the speed of React dramatically

What does the Future Hold for React and Angular?

Angular vs React: The one-line answer is that none of the two frameworks will go out of the picture by the next year or even by 2025. React has come up with major changes empowering the React developers to easily provide feedback on new features, JavaScript syntax improvements, and experimental APIs.

While Angular, on the other hand, has already been witnessing a growth in the usage rate – which will increase significantly when Angular 8 comes out of beta version.

So while both of these frameworks are on a growth tangent, there’s one framework that is preparing to replace them in the mobile app development world – Vue.js. The Vue.js framework is giving stiff competition to these two popular frameworks – a bit of which is covered in our blog, Vue.js vs React.js.