By Xano | November 22, 2021
Managed by Google, Angular is a component-based framework that tends to work best when creating scalable web applications. Its suite of developer tools can help with developing and scaling projects and it sports an impressive collection of well-integrated libraries and features (which we'll touch more on below). Plus, thanks to Google's team, it's updated frequently, meaning you’ll have access to the latest technological developments right away.
If you even do a little research on Angular, you'll hear developers talk about two-way data binding as a major plus side as it allows you to more easily change UI elements. Every change you make to the UI is automatically reflected in the corresponding model state, greatly simplifying the process.
A command-line interface, Angular CLI is just one of the aforementioned features developers love. It speeds up everything from debugging and deployment to creating apps and adding files and fully automates app updates.
If you need to provide a prototype as part of the development process, Angular has a major advantage over React. Angular requires significantly less coding to create functional prototypes, which allows you to get feedback and ultimately deploy your apps faster.
Angular allows both unit and end-to-end testing, vastly simplifying both testing and debugging. Using dependency injections, you can isolate and mock various components, speeding up notoriously time-consuming portions of the development process.
Angular uses plain HTML templates. This improves workflow and allows for simple manipulation, extension, and reusability of templates.
Angular, unlike React, uses Regular DOM over Virtual DOM, which can affect app performance, especially when dealing with multiple data requests. While you can mitigate some of this with good code optimization, React has the overall advantage here.
As we touched on above, React's Virtual DOM is one of its biggest advantages over Angular. Virtual DOM increases the speed of updates, especially helpful when building a dynamic UI, and – as we mentioned earlier – it's better equipped to handle heavy data requests.
React has a much easier learning curve in comparison to Angular especially. A combination of ample online resources and easy-to-follow tutorials and training resources make React fairly easy to pick up, even with minimal experience.
React web applications are built with multiple components, each with its own logic and controls, which generate reusable pieces of HTML code. This means you can use the same building blocks to create more than one complex application, a major time saver.
One way data binding can make it difficult to make changes in UI elements as you'll need to change the corresponding model state first. While this becomes less an issue as a project grows, it can slow down development early on.
In this case, one of the advantages of React (fast updates) inadvertently create a drawback. There is often little time to properly document changes, which can lead to some confusion when trying to make use of new features and tools.
When working with React, you need different tools for different types of testing, making the testing and debugging process much more complicated than it is with Angular. This can cause delays midway through the development process.
As always, the choice is a bit subjective, but there are some broad guidelines you can follow to help you decide between Angular vs React.
Angular is the better choice for large-scale applications that need to be developed swiftly, and your team's background also plays a role here. Developers familiar with Java and C# will probably have a much easier time learning Angular than React.
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