From my experience working in a bespoke software development company with highly-skilled IT professionals who use React and Angular on a daily basis, I get to learn many exciting things about the latest technologies. However, the most fascinating aspect is that new software technologies open so many new possibilities and business opportunities that help fill in market gaps and satisfy the constantly rising market demands. Hopefully, you’ll find this article helpful for choosing between React vs Angular for your next software development project.
What is ReactJS?
When to Rely on React?
React can be used in two ways. You can enrich an existing HTML project with React, or you can start a completely new React project. You can dynamically develop new features using React while leaving the application’s legacy functionality as it is. Plus, ReactJS comes in handy whenever interaction takes place on your web application. For any kind of interaction on the web app, you need to build a user interface and state management.
For example, a user presses a button, and a drop-down menu appears. Thus, you need to change the app state from closed to open. React comes into play when you enter data in an input field, and it shows whether it is valid. If not, the status of the input field changes from valid to invalid.
Why Use React?
Here are the top three reasons to should consider using React. 1) Simplicity: React’s API is pretty straightforward and thus quick to learn. 2) Integration options: React’s primary focus is on state management of your application and its appearance, allowing you to make easy integrations or migrations. 3) Stability: the latest stable React release 17.0.2 is from March 2021, and a new React 18 version with new features is currently in beta.
What is Angular?
Angular is a TypeScript-based web development platform originally created by Google that enjoys a large community. Although it’s not as simple as React to learn without previous experience, Angular’s capabilities go in many directions. In addition, Angular is a fully-functional web development platform and requires no additional libraries, which isn’t the case with React. Some of the most notable Angular web apps are Gmail, Forbes and Paypal.
When to Use Angular?
In general, Angular requires more memory requirements than some comparable front end frameworks. However, experienced Angular developers know how to handle such issues by implementing the necessary optimisations. Angular is perfectly suited for building complex enterprise web applications, SPAs, PWAs and dynamic web applications.
Angular is also famous for its detailed documentation available for developers to dive into whenever they encounter problems. The web development platform, just like React, separates elements into features and creates reusable pieces. Plus, Angular’s credo is to help developers spend less time on actual coding thanks to efficient error identification at an early app development stage than other frameworks.
Why Use Angular?
Angular’s ecosystem is very large, and the core framework forms lay the foundational basis for this. The fundamental concepts that are essential for modern web applications are implemented here: Components, Directives and Dependency Injection. Two other core concepts, which can be used separately, are the Angular CLI (command line interface) and the management of components. Building and integrating additional modules in Angular such as animations, PWA (offline access), i18n (multilingual apps) or routing (for SPAs) is also easy.
React vs Angular
Neither React nor Angular can beat each other up in terms of functionality. Both are managed by large corporations and have been successful in the market for many years. The communities are also established accordingly so that help is never far away. Differences in execution speed and memory usage are now negligible, with slight memory advantages in React.
Author Biography: Aleksandrina Vasileva
Aleksandrina is a Content Creator at Dreamix, a custom software development company, and is keen on innovative technological solutions with a positive impact on our world. Her teaching background, mixed with interests in psychology drives her to share knowledge. She is an avid reader and enthusiastic blogger, always looking for the next inspiration.