*This blog on Amber vs Ember has been updated to the most recent versions of the two popular JS frameworks (currently Angular 1o and Ember 3.22.0, with 3.23.0 expected on November 13th 2020*
If you are making a decision on Angular vs Ember for your next application project, you’re in the right place. We’ll quickly run down the strengths and weaknesses of both frameworks, how they stack up against each other and the technical specifications that might play into the strengths of one rather than the other. Within a few short minutes, you should have a clearer idea which of Angular or Ember looks like it might be the better fit for you!
Many things had changed since the early days of the web when websites were not so complicated, and all the heavy lifting was done on the server side where the user would send a single request to the server. The client side of the application was a light-weight veneer of HTML, request headers, cookies, and query parameters.
At K&C, Angular development is one of our most popular services, with the framework often favoured for enterprise-level applications. Some of the most important qualities and characteristics of Angular are:
Here are some of the technical differences between Angular and Ember. Angular uses:
Ember.js is a full-featured open source framework based on MVVM pattern with lightweight sensibilities like in Backbone.js or Ruby on Rails, combining the best concepts from the different frameworks. Ember.js is a part of a complete front-end stack, which comprises Ember CLI, Ember Data, Ember Inspector, Fastboot, and Liquid Fire. This allows developers to create beautifully rendered, dynamic SPAs.
The philosophy of the Ember framework is built around V (client side) in Model-View-Controller model and the ‘stability without stagnation’ principle; which was proved in the Ember’s last version, where some of the removed features can still be used.
Various well-known websites and apps (desktop, as well as mobile), were built on Ember. They include Discourse, Groupon, LinkedIn, Vine, Live Nation, Nordstrom, Twitch.tv, Chipotle, Apple Music, and iTunes. Ember is supported by a single corporate sponsor from big tech as is the case with Angular (Google) and React (Facebook). Instead, the framework is sponsored by several. At the time of writing, the current Ember sponsors are LinkedIn, Tilde, Cardstack and Simplabs.
Some of the most important Ember qualities and chanracteristics are:
To understand which of the two frameworks is currently more popular, let’s look at some key that define almost any technology:
The community is of importance while choosing an open source framework. The larger and more active a community you have, more answers to questions, third-party modules, tutorials on YouTube, etc. you’ll get. We conducted a kind of research and here is what we have discovered. In this battle, an unconditional champion is Angular. At least in terms of Github stars, there is a clear winner between Angular vs Ember, with the former well out in front.
Angular also has more contributors on Github compared to Ember.
Another interesting trend can be found in Google Trends if to compare both frameworks. From the illustration below, it’s seen that even though Angular (a blue line) and Ember (a red line) were neck and neck for most of the year, March of 2018 has become a landmark, and Angular 6 greatly surpassed Ember 3.
Another popular website Youtube will also help us to shed some light on the involvement of the community regarding these frameworks if to just type their names in the search box.
If to address to Stackoverflow website, we will find out that the quantity of queries is higher for Angular than Ember as well.
At this, Ember can compete with Angular if only examined as a whole stack.
Page load time is a critical factor for website success. Users do not have patience, so you should try to speed up the download as much as possible. Two factors affect this: the size of the framework and the time it takes to run.
We will compare the minor versions in the gzip file. But it’s not enough to compare the sizes of the frameworks themselves. They should go with their dependencies’ sizes.
And right now, we’re going to shed thу light on some pros and cons of both technologies.
The reality is, with Ember losing popularity in recent years, there are far more Angular developers on the market, which may tip the balance of your decision.
A good indicator of the jobs market for Angular and Ember is the number of open positions for each framework being advertised on StackOverFlow. There are 286 roles for Angular developers compared to just 20 for Ember developers.
Both frameworks offer great tools to accomplish specific tasks in web or mobile development, and they are similar in their purpose. They share the same features like modular code, two-way data binding, DOM manipulation and other benefits, but theн differ in their approaches.
If you like TypeScript, are developing a large app, and are okay with learning proprietary directives and other Angular concepts, then – Angular is your choice.
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