The problem of many business owners and project managers these days is which of the two hottest web technology to use: Angular 2 or React? This article may help you decide as it will give you a side by side comparison and some personal conclusions.

First, here’s a comparison in table form showing attributes of Angular 2 and React:

angular-2-vs-react

Using Google Trends, we can see that both Angular 2 and React are rising but overall, Angular 2 is slightly ahead of React.

History and Development

AngularJS or Angular.js or just Angular, was created by Google in Oct 2010 and was also released in the same year. It is an open-source, JavaScript-based framework for creating front-end Web applications.

React, on the other hand, was created and released by Facebook in March 2013. It is also an open-source, JavaScript native, and created for building front-end UI.

Let’s take a look at the key features of both technologies as defined on their respective websites.

Angular 2

Developed on All Platforms
Designed to work for any deployment target. It may be for mobile web, web, native mobile or native desktop. You can use multiple approach for building your applications and use your code on any of the said deployment target.

Performance & Speed
Angular can meet high data requirements and prioritizes control over scalability. It also achieves the highest speed possible on the Web today, and can go even faster.

Amazing Tools
Angular focuses on helping you build incredible apps rather that making the coding hard. It features simple and declarative templates. Customize the templates with your own and use the existing components when you need it. Confused? Angular has many Angular-focused help and troubleshooting available on almost every editor or IDE.

Loved by Many
Because it’s supported by Google, Angular already boasts productivity and scalability by supporting Google’s applications.

React 

Informative
React’s design makes it easy for you to produce an interactive User Interface. It will only update and deliver just the user-chosen components when the data is adjusted. With this approach, you will notice it’ll be much simpler to debug.

Based on Components
Since it is written in JavaScript rather than templates, you can simply pass data in your app without compromising the DOM. Components are encapsulated and managed on their own, and easily composed to create diverse UI’s.

Write it anywhere, once learned
React can develop new features without you rewriting the existing code because they don’t assume about your coding stack. Rendering the server using Node and power mobile applications with React is also possible using React Native.

The Culture and People

The two biggest software development corporations, Google and Microsoft, are behind Angular development. Being close to the Microsoft ecosystem and given the openness of Microsoft, we see more and more involvement of the community folks.

React on the other hand was a Facebook initiative and we’re not sure where Facebook will be when it comes to software development. Facebook is not a software development company. Can React survive without support of corporations other than Facebook?

With Microsoft’s ecosystem and Google’s large network community, Angular looks like it will only get better.

Pay

The salary for both web technology is obviously high but React Developers have a little advantage of $117,000 over Angular that has an average salary of $102,000 according to Indeed.com.

Native Support

Angular 2 and React both support native mobile development:

Ionic Framework and NativeScript

These two frameworks are used to support native development for Angular 2.

Ionic is an open-source SDK that provides tools and services for developing hybrid mobile applications. Web Technologies such as CSS, HTML5 and Sass are used for building apps that can be distributed to the native app stores.

NativeScript is also an open source backed by Telerik. It can build cross-platform, iOS and Android apps without viewing the web.

React Native

React native on the other hand is a library that uses only JavaScript to build React-Based Native Apps. React lets you build a complex mobile UI using JavaScript and React with declarative components that resembles a regular iOS or Android apps without actually using Objective-C or Java.

Angular 2 vs React Review

Angular 2:
● Less Decision Fatigue
● TypeScript = Clear Path
● Reduced confusion
● Wide Array of Tooling Support
● Favors Web Component

React:
● JSX
● React Fails Fast and Explicitly
● React is JavaScript-Focused
● Luxury Developer Experience
● Size Concerns
● React Grasps the Unix Philosophy.

 

Conclusion

There you have it! Angular 2 and React review and comparison. Now, it all comes down to which of the two you’re more comfortable with. The good news is both are already mature technologies meaning you can’t go wrong with either of them. But as we’ve said, you should consider your skills and expertise plus what are you trying to build. If you want a large and growing web application, Angular is the obvious choice because of Google and Microsoft. On the other hand, If you’re not comfortable with TypeScript and just want to stick with your JavaScript, then React may be the best for you.

Although both are extremely popular right now, we personally think that Angular is closer to being a complete development framework. Joint projects of Google and Microsoft are more likely to happen especially now that Microsoft is moving forward its open-source initiative and .NET Core.

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