Choosing the right Javascript framework can be the single most important decision while building your web applications. While there are several Javascript framework options available Viz., Vue.JS, Meteor.JS, Ember.JS, etc., two specific names stand out and continue to be the leading frameworks in the industry Viz., Angular and React.JS. In the following sections we’ll explore the two frameworks further. Few things to consider before making this critical product development and investment decision are:

  • Code/Module Stability
  • Performance
  • Package Ecosystem
  • Community Support
  • Learning Curve
  • Documentation Overhead
  • Industry Track Record
  • Team/Maturity
  • Framework Compatibility

Angular:

Angular (also referred as “Angular 2+” or “Angular v2 and above”) is a TypeScript-based open-source web application framework. It was created by the Angular Team at Google and gained widespread support from developer community. Angular 7 is a complete rewrite from the same team that built AngularJS.

Angular is a very powerful framework and rivals React as one of the top two JavaScript frameworks. Angular has evolved through years of development behind it since 2009.

Why Angular?

  • Angular uses TypeScript, which is a superset of JavaScript that can compile down to vanilla JS. This happens to be be one of its biggest selling points.
  • Due to pre-rendering of content on the server it allows for better SEO results as well as faster browsing experience
  • The Angular framework is quite advanced technologically and is built on years of experience since the first version of Angular (2009)
  • Angular is packed with useful features such as dependency injection, templates, forms, and more.
  • Because Angular is developed and maintained by Google, users can feel confident that it will be around and used for a long while
  • The latest version is Angular 7, which was released in October 2018 and with improved performance, Angular has earned lot of praise and widespread adoption across industry
  • Angular framework is a very attractive option for young entrepreneurs building an internet startup as it it very assuring to use the tools and strategies created and recommended by the company which is perhaps the biggest.
  • Angular is a full-fledged MVC framework and React is merely a JavaScript Library i.e., just the view.
  • Angular is a very evolved and matured amongst all the Javascript frameworks with lot of safeguards. Angular has earned good support from contributors and is a complete package.
  • Angular 7 is particularly modelled for companies with large teams and developers who already use TypeScript.

React.JS:

It was developed by Facebook in 2011 and was later deployed on Instagram.com in 2012. It was open-sourced at JSConf US in May 2013. Being developed by Facebook gives lot of confidence for Developers while considering new project and it offers a sense of stability for the development process that many new frameworks just can’t.

Why React.JS?

  • As Facebook maintains the library, developers can be assured of its long term relevance
  • Due to high volume of adoption and continued growth its easier to find competent React developers
  • The adoption of JSX allows for the structuring of components that will then compile into JS React, when running on the server it enables for more SEO friendly web pages than other JS frameworks
  • React Native provides a seamless mobile experience to pair alongside your React application for the web
  • React is easy to adopt – when compared to React, Angular framework has a steep learning curve and takes lot of development maturity to get a good handle over it.
  • React is more flexible and customizable – Angular is considered a framework and it is strongly opinionated as to how your application should be structured. It also has much more “out-of-the-box” functionality. Developers don’t need to decide which routing libraries to use or other such considerations just start coding. However, Angular offers less flexibility when compared to React.
  • React.JS allows ability to integrate with other frameworks and is a great advantage for some who would like some flexibility with their code.

Conclusion:

When you consider the inherent security risks along with lot of limitations posed by React.JS as it is not a full-fledged framework, most of the major investment decisions lean towards adopting Angular. For a product based organization, Angular framework assures long term viability and scaling opportunities and hence preferred as its primary development tool/framework.