AngularJS v/s ReactJS – Which is the best framework for your JavaScript project?

JavaScript is one of the most popular cross-platform offering an unparalleled experience to both client-side and server-side. It is a widely used front-end as well as back-end development tool used to develop robust as well as scalable applications. Already enriched with a number of frameworks as well as libraries, JavaScript’s ecosystem is constantly evolving at a faster pace.

With so much to offer, developers often get confused while choosing the right framework or library which can integrate well with the project needs. Today, in this blog we will compare two of the most prevalent JavaScript tools AngularJS and ReactJS –which are almost equally preferred except a few variances.

While AngularJS is a framework, ReactJS is a library. Although both are simple to use, they are unique in their own ways. So, let us discuss their pros and cons, which can guide you to choose for the scalability, reliability, and efficiency of your future app.

Technology

ReactJS

AngularJS

Developer Facebook Google
Prevalent Architecture Flux MVC
Type Open-source JS library Fully-featured MVC framework
Architecture flexibility Yes No
Data-binding One-way data binding Two-way data binding
Language JavaScript + JSX JavaScript + HTML
Rendering Server side Client side
Documentation Limited documentation and may not be suited for a new developer Simple and to-the-point documentation is available
Fanclub PayPal, Uber, Netflix etc. Goole, Forbes and Weather.com etc.
Ideal for SPAs that update many views at a time SPAs that update single view at a time.

(This is an overview of the difference between the two. We will discuss the pros and cons for each in the below section)

According to a survey, both AngularJS and ReactJS are equally high-performing, advanced and widely used by many forward-thinking companies in the USA, UK, India, Canada Australia, Germany and France, and many other countries. Founded in 2009, AngularJS became more popular because of its Model-View-Controller component which is awesome to build highly interactive web applications, whereas, ReactJS, founded in 2013, lacks this component yet is popular to build large dynamic applications where data is changeable in real-time.

Technology

AngularJS

ReactJS

Pros Intuitive and comprehensive in nature Flexible to interact with multiple libraries and is SEO Friendly
Relatively enormous API Relatively small API and when combined with ES6/7 can work with high loads in an easy way
Several out-of-the-box capabilities like Form validation  and HTTP client Is extremely lightweight and the 100% open source library with a highly engaged contributor community results in speedy solution updates
Ease of using components and dependency injection Multifaceted library coupled with plenty of tools like Redux, Blueprint, material-UI, bootstrap, toolbox and native web
MMVM model allows developers to work separately on the same section using the same set of data Very easy to learn because of the simplicity in terms of syntax
Detailed documentation enhances communication and collaboration High level of code flexibility and maximum responsiveness
Two-way data binding minimizes risks of errors and enables singular behaviour for the app. Migration between versions is generally easy
Cons Is not SEO friendly Lack of official documentation making it bit chaotic and without any systematic approach
Version upgrades made syntaxes complex making it difficult to learn Requires deep knowledge which takes long time to master
Migration issues from older versions to newer versions Lack of unified approach are highly unopinionated

Conclusion:

As we have seen above, both of them are very popular and reliable to use, but which one to choose totally depends on every single case during the product development. To summarize if you are looking to build a simple app both can be used. But ReactJS is more compatible with huge traffic, is SEO friendly and helps with real-time data. Whereas, AngularJS is more easy and simple to implement, is reliable and is convenient for testing.

Whichever your preference might be, our company has the required expertise with both ReactJS as well as different versions of AngularJS and we ensure that you get the best application at the end for the success of your business.