There are a lot of similarities, differences, pros, and cons of both React and Angular. If you’re a developer in a startup on the brink of starting your next project and you’re trying to figure out which tool is perfect for the job, keep reading!
History of React vs. Angular
Architecture of React vs. Angular
Framework vs. Library
Angular provides the following functionalities:
- Templates, based on an extended version of HTML
- XSS protection
- Dependency injection
- Ajax requests by @angular/HTTP
- Routing, provided by @angular/router
- Component CSS encapsulation
- Utilities for unit-testing components.
- @angular/forms for building forms
React gives developers a lot more freedom and flexibility. Developers can pick the Model and Controller parts of the architecture while React provides the “view” in MVC. Thanks to this, you can choose your own libraries. However, you might end up using many independent, fast-moving libraries, which will require you to take care of the corresponding updates or migrations you do. React projects are unique and require folder hierarchy and architecture. A lot can go wrong easily. So, tread with caution!
React provides the following functionalities:
- XSS protection
- No dependency injection
- Fetch for Ajax requests
- Utilities for unit-testing components
Some popular libraries to add functionality are:
- React-router for routing
- Redux or MobX for state management
- Enzyme for additional testing utilities
Companies Using React & Angular
Here are a list of companies using React and Angular:
- General Motors
Right now, Angular and React are two competing front end technologies running some of the most profitable businesses in the modern world. Adopting the latest technologies in the market is one way to stay ahead in the competition. However, when adopting these technologies, lifespan and support is definitely worth considering. Since we have Internet titans such as Google and Facebook backing these two technologies, they appear to be safe bets for now. As for picking one over the other, to be honest, you can’t go wrong with either one. They are literally some of the best front end technologies in the industry right now.