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Angular 5 VS React.js – Who’s Going to Set the Tone in the Upcoming Year?

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You all probably have already heard about the latest release of Angular 5.0.0. If not, then you can read about it in our previous article. The developers of the framework have really come off rather well. However, does it mean that Angular has finally corrected all its mistakes and has become the best?

The K&C team always keeps abreast of the issues affecting web development. Rather than just talking about the positive side of a new Angular, we've decided to compare it to React. 

React.js

What do we know about React? It is a library designed for UI development and backed up by Facebook. 


Advantages of Using React 

· The library was set up with the goal of making the process of creating a single-page app much easier. Using React, a developer does not have to do a lot of optimization.

· React implements JavaScript ES6. In comparison to Typescript of Angular, ES6 is easier to learn and use.

· In addition, React has a large community that readily supports everyone with any questions.

· React's additional components let developers be flexible, although routing, validation, communication with the backend and so on are tasks that are more difficult. However, almost every self-respecting developer owns a good deal of additional libraries for the assignments written above. Ultimately, it results in a framework that is as well-appointed as Angular. 


Marius Hofmeister & Stephan Rauh “In Angular, you pay for safety by sacrificing flexibility.”

Source


Disadvantage of Using React 


The only thing you have to pay careful attention to is the process of choice among all these libraries – your performance can suffer a lot if there is a non-functional library after updating React. Angular, by contrast, provides a more reliable package, where every such detail is already worked out.

As Marius Hofmeister and Stephan Rauh said in their recent interview, “Angular and React are solving the same problems with different approaches.”


But it was just until such time that Angular 5.0.0 loomed on the horizon. 

Angular 5

For those who had been using the previous version of Angular, it is no secret that it was not ideal and had some unpleasant issues. 


Advantages of Using Angular 

· First of all, it is modularity.

· Second, the way we use components with modules.

· In addition, the presence of such feature as dependency injection

· And numerous ‘bonuses’ out of the box (like router or HttpClient, for instance) improve the developer experience. 


Disadvantages of Using Angular 

· If you don’t know Typescript, you should forget about coding on Angular. Thus, a sufficient background in JavaScript is a must. However, looking at the fifth version, we can see a positive improvement. Typescript has been upgraded to the 2.4 version, which is far more adaptable.

· It is hard to switch from one version to another, as it was with Angular.js and Angular 2.


Overall, Angular's team has made any necessary changes in the fifth version by amending previous mistakes and making some tangible changes within the framework to make the lives of developers much easier.

· Now developers can use an updated version of Typescript (2.4).

· RXJS has been improved, too.

· The average time for compilation has reduced to 2-3 seconds.

· The new HttpClient has been launched, and the old will be deleted in the next version.

· Updates include the number, date, and currency pipes, as well as the opportunity to specify the localization.


To learn about all updates, visit the official website of Angular.

To Conclude

For sure, the whole optimization realized by Angular's team shows that they are on the right track to consistency and productivity. However, this is not a reason to forget React. Both are good in their own sphere of application. The K&C team tries to keep parity and does not give priority to one or the other. Only time will tell which will be best.


What we can do now is to keep abreast of the issue. For example, on April 11 – 13, 2018, the International Java Script Conference will take place in London, where one of the discussion topics will be “Angular 5 vs React.” We promise to keep up-to-speed and inform you of the best conclusions.

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