In this fast-changing technology environment, technologies which are shaping the world are itself changing rapidly and getting replaced by new technologies.
In such a rapidly changing environment, you are concerned about the right selection of technology for your startup.
Aren’t you?
Yes, you should be. Because, right technology which suits your requirements can save you time, energy and money.
Through this article we would compare two technologies ‘React’ and ‘Angular’ and will try to find out which one is better for your application.
‘React’ and ‘Angular’ are two of the most popular web technologies in 2019, as per Google Trends.
Angular is a JavaScript framework, developed and maintained by Google. On the Other hand, React is a JavaScript library, developed and maintained by Facebook.
Both of these technologies are growing and their future looks bright. That means you won’t regret using any of these.
But, which one is better?
Or
Are they equally good?
Let’s find out.

Framework Vs. Library

Angular is a full-fledged framework that offers strong opinions on how to structure your application. Which means you have less flexibility and you need to use what Angular provides.
React on the other hand gives you much more freedom, you can choose any of your own libraries which also means that you will have to take care of respective updates and migrations by yourself.
So, Angular is Opinion based, it’s why less flexible but in React, you will have to find the best third party code for many basic things like routing.

Features

Angular provides the following standard features:
  • Dependency injection
  • Routing, provided by @ angular / router
  • Templates, based on an extended version or HTML
  • @ angular / forms for building forms
  • Ajax requests using @ angular / common / http
  • Component CSS encapsulation
  • Utilities for unit testing components
  • XSS protection
React provides the following features:
  • No dependency injection
  • Instead of classic templates, it has JSX
  • State management using setState and the Context API
  • Utilities for unit testing components
  • XSS protection.
Both are rich in Open Source Resources.

Templates – HTML or JSX

Angular uses templates which are based on HTML with Angular directives. React combined UI templates and JavaScript logic, which is termed as JSX. It’s an XML-like language.
For working on React, you just require knowledge of JavaScript, but for Angular, you will have to learn its specific syntax.

Components

The web is gradually becoming component based. A Component receives an input and after processing some internal logic returns a rendered UI template.
Easy to use components can be used within other components or even in other projects which make the development of web applications faster.
Both Angular and React are component based.

Learning Curve

Learning Curve for Angular is slightly higher than that of React.

For learning Angular, you will have to get comfortable with the TypeScript. For developers who have experience with statically typed languages ​​such as Java or .NET, this would be easier to understand compared to JavaScript.
Angular framework is very rich in options to learn from; like Modules, Dependency Injection, Decorators, Components, Pipes, Services, Templates and Directives. In Addition to these, there are more advanced topics such as Change Detection, Zones, AOT Compilation and
Rx.js.

For Learning React, the first thing you would encounter is JSX. These are expressions which are actually JavaScript and some special HTML like syntax. You will have to learn components, use props for configuration and manage internal state.

Although, you are not required to learn any new logical structures or loops since they are based on JavaScript.
Entry barrier for Angular is higher than for React.

Mobile Solutions or Angular Vs. React

Both of them provide solutions for creating Mobile Apps.

Through Ionic Framework, you can create hybrid mobile applications. It uses a Cordova container which is incorporated with Angular.
Facebook developed React Native platform which can be used for creating truly native Mobile Apps.

Ionic based Mobile Apps are simply a Web Application inside or a native Web view container, on the other hand, React Native can be used for producing a truly Native UI.

I think I helped you understand React and Angular better.

Both are good for Medium to Large size applications. Selection of any of these will depend on your specific requirements.

You can take your decision based on the following factors:

Choose a framework on which you have experience

Experience in technology will really save you time, energy and money. If you or your teammates have more experience with Angular choose it about React and vice versa.
If you or your teammates are a learner, you may put some time daily into learning new technology, putting the latest technology into production in a short time without any prior experience or support can be a nightmare.

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Check your Market Requirements

If you are serving B2C market, with millions of potential customers, it’s good to optimize your application as low as possible, reducing your network calls, PWA, caching etc.
For B2C, React can be a good choice.
If you are building a B2B application or a console application, it’s tricky to go ahead with because you will have customers who would pay up-front and demand best of services.
In this case, a rapid application development framework like Angular, which provides good productivity and ensures a modern web experience, can be a good choice.

Choose a framework with low cost

If money is not an issue for you, you can hire the best of developers to work on any technology.
But, if cost-cutting is your priority, you can start with the technology which suits to your starting team or friends who are helping you in building the application.

You can also outsource your web development work to a good technology partner, it is highly possible that they have already built a similar application, and the cost of your application might come down drastically.

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