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React vs. Angular: What to Choose for Web Development


Developers actively use React and Angular. Starting with web development, the question always arises — what to choose React or Angular.

In this guide, we’ll discuss the tech sides of both tools, along with their popularity.

Short Overview of React.js and Angular

First of all, let’s single out the general data about React and Angular.

What is React?
React.js was made by Facebook as a front-end Javascript library to create user-friendly interfaces. React utilizes a declarative style of programming.

This tool allows figuring out the look of the app. It’s possible to use React for developing web apps, native-rendered apps, and mobile applications.

React offers a bunch of cool features like virtual DOM, JSK, and reusable library code.

Such enterprises as Instagram and Netflix have chosen React for their tech solutions.

What is Angular?
In this guide, we’re discussing Angular 2, not AngularJS. The last one is a different and older framework.

These days, software development teams tend to use Angular 2 as an umbrella term for all the versions of Angular (there are Angular 2,4, 5,6, 7, 8, and 9).

So, what is Angular 2? It’s an open-source framework that is utilized for developing web apps and hybrid apps. This framework is made using Type Script by Google.

Angular is a full-fledged toolkit that helps developers create scalable apps. Such enterprises like Xbox, Forbes, and BMW choose Angular for front-end development.

Tech Sides of Angular and React
Performance & DOM
React.js uses virtual DOM (Document Object Model that allows changing the document content, layout, and structure). As for Angular, it works with a real DOM.

However, Angular has one small drawback. Due to real DOM, the apps can work slower, managing a lot of information.

Performance & DOM

Data Binding
Data Binding stands for synchronizing information between business logic and UI.

Angular uses two-way data binding. As a result, it changes data, impacts view, and triggers changes in data.

React uses one-way binding. So, developers need to nest child components within parent components.

Data Binding

Component Architecture
React tends to build UIs by separating them into components. How does it work? Developers create components that manage their state and structure them into complex UIs.

To create architecture on React, you need to use the following tools.

Redux
Babel
Webpack
Angular also has a bunch of tools to integrate during web development.

RxJS
Angular CLI
Angular Universal
Bundle Size
Why does size matter? Small files load faster. Fast load means a higher ranking.

Bundle Size

Backward Compatibility
Every developer needs an opportunity to update the architecture to add new modules and libraries.

What’s the main difference between React and Angular? It’s impossible to switch from Angular 2.0 to 7.0. The developer has to install updates one by one.

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Tags: angular, React
Asia_Sin 14 january 2021, 14:29
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