So now to the important question: Which one should I choose for my front-end technology development between Angular and React? To answer this let us examine the key pillars of a front-end framework and how both fare in each of these pillars. You can thus make an informed choice based on which pillar finds relevance in your business’s web application.
Origin & Community Support
Any software professional would appreciate the large support they get from the community for a technology they are using to build applications. With front-end, there is no much difference on that note as well. Let us look at Angular and React in that perspective. Angular is built on TypeScript which was developed by Google and is maintained by the internet giant and has large community support available. React was Facebook’s answer to Angular and is today used by developers to build everything from interactive interfaces to mobile apps. It has a large community to support developers as well. Being open source and backed by internet titans, both Angular and React have very little to distinguish themselves clearly in this category. They both have the necessary support ecosystem and software professionals looking to create intuitive front-end interfaces will not face any difficulty in experimenting with their ideas with either of them.
Modularity and Re-usability
As development costs continue to rise, it is important for companies to efficiently build applications with trusted re-usable components as much as possible. This alleviates developers from duplicate efforts and saves considerable time and money while also enabling faster rollout of the application to the market.Coming to our contenders, both Angular and React have component-based architecture. To make it more clear, this implies that any app built with these frameworks will comprise of modular components which are cohesively bonded together. These components can be re-used and can be combined to build new interface features. This property is much desired in modern front-end development activities and hence both Angular and React scores in this department. They both allow developers to speed up their work and scale applications on-demand without having to focus on building components again and again from scratch.
Data Binding and DOM
This is a feature that impacts performance of apps built using either of these frameworks. While both React and Angular enable developers to build large scale enterprise applications, there are key differences in their (Data Object Model) DOM and data binding principles. React.js uses a virtual DOM while Angular has an inherent real DOM based operational model. Angular development has a downside that it makes dynamic changes a bit slower since the real DOM will have to rewrite the entire HTML table tree structure to make even minor changes. React on the other hand allows developers to update changes without this full-fledged HTML rewrite. It thus enables faster rendering of interfaces and ensures better performance irrespective of the size of app you are looking at. When there are too many requests for data, angular may appear to be a bit slow in rendering because of its real DOM operational model. Then comes the data binding part. Angular uses bi-directional or two-way data binding and React follows a unidirectional or one-way data binding model. While, it is argued that one-way binding can render apps to be more stable and easier for debugging, there is practically more favor for Angular’s two-way binding as it is simpler to work with. A clear cut winner in this segment is not possible as both have their own respective advantages and cons.
Coding Language Simplicity
There isn’t too much difference between Angular and React in most of the key pillars of front-end development. In some area’s Angular works well but in certain areas, React too shows its class. It all boils down to the type of application or UI front-end that your company wishes to create. Choosing either one has its share of advantages. You need an expert consultant to identify the scope of your front-end development needs and suggest the right fit candidate from these two. This is where CitrusBug can make a difference. Our consultants will work with your business to identify the right scope and purpose of every front-end or app interface that needs to be built and recommend the best platform, frameworks and tools to help you build the app faster. Get in touch with us to know more.