Developers’ adoption and acceptance
Out of 20, 000 developers surveyed, 14, 000 developers while only 4, 700 developers said they use and will continue to use, React and Angular respectively, in the future. 7, 600 developers said they are uninterested in Angular despite of being aware of its popularity while none of the developers said they are uninterested in React.
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Moreover, all developers were either interested or were using React. The rest of them were either learning or willing to. Unlike Angular, nobody showed their reluctance towards React.
The ultimate comparison chart
React, on the other hand, is maintained by Google’s biggest competitor, Facebook. React lacks a native architecture unlike Angular’s MVC and resorts to one-way data binding.
|Technology||React||Angular JS||Angular 2|
|Purpose||Setting up adequate processes, introducing the standards of quality to prevent the errors and flaws in an application||Assuring the application corresponds to the requirement and specs before it is launched||Detecting and fixing bugs and errors.|
|App Architecture||None||MVC||Component based|
|DOM||Virtual DOM||DOM, Regular||DOM, Regular|
Which is more popular?
While AngularJS was extremely popular till 2016, it is losing it popularity exponentially while ReactJS is gaining considerably that today they are equal on popularity quotient if we look at Stack Overflow Trends.
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Stack Overflow Trends are based on Stack Overflow’s tag. A tag can represent a programming language, technology, framework, tool or a library. A tag is popular or not based on the number of searches made on that regard.
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2018 is considered by many as the year of React after it took over Angular in 2017.
If you remember GitHub gives star to each project. So I went through respective page on GitHub and found React leads in popularity here too.
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Advantages of AngularJS
It is a complete framework that runs in any browser environment regardless of the platform. Besides, it is reliable, includes off-the-rack tools, ng components are robust and quite evolved in juxtapose with React.
Bi-directional data binding is perhaps the key feature, as it disperses the influence after each set of data change and does away with the necessity for additional effort with data sync in model and view.
Advantages of ReactJS
Prompt rendering is one of the the top features of React that gives it a substantial edge over Angular. The technology includes shrewd approaches to lessen the sum of DOM operations, enhance and hasten the process of updates. Virtual DOM (Document Object Model) is of use while managing massive databases.
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Disadvantages of AngularJS
Disadvantages of ReactJS
Apart from challenges and limitations of ReactJS, it is worth mentioning Flux which is regularly applied for adding a structure and architecture to the web apps. Using either of the technologies is still a contest for inexperienced developers because of its lack of a proper structured and complete documentation.
React and Angular provides entirely varied methods to web application development for startups, SMBs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Both technologies are prevailing and adaptable, while neither of them is good or bad, popular or not. At the end of the day, it depends upon custom app objectives and specific system limitations, programmers can run from ng2 to React, and back.