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Angular 4 vs React – what to choose in 2017

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In the world of deadlines, choosing the right choice of technology is one of crucial decisions. Possessing 17 years of professional track record, we have built up expertise in software development within dozens of languages, frameworks, and libraries. Willing to share our knowledge with the readers, we’d like to dedicate this blog post to reviewing Angular 4 and React, along with presenting a brief comparison of these popular frameworks.

What is there about Angular 4?

Angular has everything “out-of-the-box” to build a modern web app with tons of business logic. The version 4.0 is a result of complete rethinking of Angular 1.0. While some of the basic concepts (modules, controllers, scopes, and directives) were removed or replaced, still there is a feeling that the framework is too complex. Thus it requires a higher level of development skills compared to React.

Pros of Angular 4

• Oriented on the apps with a big share of interactive client-side code

• Full typescript support helps to build bulky applications under control

• Suitable for single-page web apps with an extended interface

• Fast development process

• Easy-to-write tests

• Model-View-Controller architecture

Cons of Angular 4

• Relatively slow when it comes to displaying enormous amounts of data

• Not perfect in terms of SEO

Websites built on Angular JS: YouTube (for PS3), GoodFilms, Freelancer, Upwork

What has React to offer?

Unlike Angular, ReactJS is a JavaScript-based open-source library with a JSX compiler. Focused mainly on the user interface, it allows creating reusable UI views components.

Turning to React you should bear in mind that it’s not an MVC (Model-View-Controller) framework, but a library for rendering one’s views. Since React is an interface-focused solution, end users will ultimately get a highly responsive interface with smooth loading.

How did it get popular?

• Facebook stands behind this project

• ReactJS solutions are SEO-friendly

• ReactJS performance and flexibility are high

Famous ReactJS websites: Netflix, Feedly, Airbnb, Walmart

Pros of ReactJS

• SEO-friendly

• Easy-to-create UI test cases

• Components can be easily reused

• Fast when heavy data display is needed

• Easy debugging

Cons of ReactJS

• Requires more code in some cases (if comes with Redux)

• Manual processing of data changes

• View- oriented

Compared to Angular, ReactJS implies setup of additional libraries (Redux/ Mobx/ etc.) for state management.

Although, Angular is an industry leader (according to Google-trends) there is a higher demand for React developers on the market.

Choosing ReactJS as your main front-end strategy, you can create a mobile application based on React Native, while NativeScript analogue has a narrower audience. ReactJS hasn’t been changed for a long time, which means you will spend less money on support, switching to new version, etc.

What to set your choiсe on?

Likely to Android vs iPhone battle, there is no right or wrong answer. However, we would recommend to choose Angular, provided there is no need to display big amount of data, and more time can be invested in development and support processes. Angular is also suitable in cases when complex business logic is at place, whereas SEO issues are not so important

On the other hand, we recommend React in case you prefer something stable that doesn`t change rapidly, and when the view-rendering library will be enough for your project development.

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