Do you want to skip the article and want to know what’s my top preference for beginners to start with? The simplest answer is React.
But if you are curious to know why I preferred to react, grab a cup of coffee and sit around to read the article.
We will find the best fit for your situation and will discover why react is gaining huge popularity.
By the end of this article, you will be on your way to start working with one of these frameworks/libraries.
In this article, I’ll be talking about Angular 2 and not about Angular.js.
Angular 2 is a general term used to refer to all versions of Angular after Angular.js.
One thing to be mentioned in this article I’ll be using Frameworks and Library very often inter-exchangeable, for ease of readability.
But this doesn’t mean that both the words have the same meaning.
React is a Library whereas, Angular is a fully-fledged Framework.
Before disclosing the reasons for the popularity of React.
Let’s understand more about these two Frameworks with the help of few points.
It’s a component-based library and makes it super easy for developers to create User Interfaces.
It was managed and created by Facebook and a group of open source developers and was introduced in May 2013.
It is a typescript-based language, managed by Google’s Developer community and was launched in 2016.
It is one of the most important factors that work in favour of Angular that it is built and updated by some of the most credible persons on earth.
React Possess a low learning curve when compared with Angular.
We can combine react with any other framework out there and start working on it, even we can combine react with Angular.
Angular is quite opposite of React and possesses a high learning curve as it is a very large framework.
Performance could be the turning point for most developers to change their minds from Angular to React.
React uses Virtual Dom, whereas Angular uses a traditional Dom.
Now, In traditional Dom, if you want to update specific information of your user, Angular will rewrite the whole structure of the Html Tree.
Whereas, React Virtual Dom allows you to update the changes without rewriting the entire HTML.
In short, React Virtual Dom is faster than the Angular Traditional Dom.
But angular has something called change detection which updates the DOM whenever data is changed.
Due to this angular DOM performed as effectively as virtual dom.
React Uni-directional data flow ensures that the state change takes place meticulously even in complex projects.
Data flow control is very simple in react even for large projects.
Opposite to React Uni-directional nature Angular Bi-directional data flow makes it even complex for large applications to deal with data quickly.
However, Bi-Directional binding is easier to work with.
Here is the list of companies that uses Angular and React to give you an idea of their Market Value.
This means that when you write a component in react you just need to tell the react what do you want your component to look like.
You need not worry about its different states and the other elements on the web page.
React will handle that for you.
It’s much simpler to understand React in comparison to Angular where you have to learn a full framework.
Although, it’s come with the cost of learning several external libraries.
React is a very minimal language that does not focus on too many things and just focuses on one simple thing building user interfaces.
Remember this statement works in both ways.
It can be used in favour of React as well as against react.
React has been a top choice for developers to work with and even in a
stackoverflow survey done by 90,000 developers in 2020.
React is still one of their top preference with 68.9 percent of developers voting for react.
React has an easier learning curve whereas Angular has many built-in functionalities to work with.
React is used pretty much everywhere whereas Angular is mostly used by Enterprises.
I think while React is my choice of preference to get started with there is no harm in learning Angular as well.
If you want to know more about these two frameworks you can always head to their official documentation for a more detailed comparison.
Also, tell me below which framework are you using or going to use.
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