Does Angular have a chance against React?

April 25, 2022

Tags: Technologies, IT Staff Augmentation, Tech Trends



Angular and React are two of the most used technologies when it comes to developing the frontend of an application. The frontend developer is responsible for the design and implementation of the interface of the web page or mobile application. His responsibility is to make sure that the design created by the web designer works correctly online, for this he uses programming languages ​​such as CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.


Both technologies have positioned themselves as the favorites among developers who are in charge of this side of the application or website, but some voices have assured us that Angular may not have enough merits to compete against React, so in this blog, we are going to review the differences between the two and let it be you who decides.


Angular vs React: How different are they?


The framework for web craftsmen is how Angular has been defined by its experts. Angular stands out for offering the developer a good experience while giving you several quite powerful features as an option, such as deep dependency injection, an expressive database abstraction layer, scheduled queues and jobs, integration and unit tests, and more.


React is an open-source library created by Facebook. React, or ReactJS, allows developers to quickly and efficiently build user interfaces by including Java files in their HTML. It is one of the most popular Java libraries in the world and is used by big platforms like Netflix, Airbnb, and even Walmart.


Let’s see the main differences between both technologies:


  • Angular was launched in 2009, while React hit the market in 2013, since then competing for the preference of frontend developers.
  • Angular is great for building high user engagement and interactive applications, while React is perfect for large applications where data changes frequently.
  • React uses a virtual DOM, which is just a virtual representation of the DOM. Every time the state of our application changes, the virtual DOM is updated instead of the real DOM. In simple words, a virtual DOM is represented as a tree: each element is a node present in this tree, if the state of any of these changes, it causes the creation of a new virtual DOM tree different from the previous one. Angular works with a real DOM.
  • In size, both technologies are small and have high performance.
  • Angular allows UI design tied to the flat object or property level, while React connects directly to the UI design state.
  • In data binding, Angular is one way, and React is two way.
  • Angular's learning curve is steep, being one of the most complicated frameworks for developers to handle, while React is one of the easiest to learn.


Which companies are using Angular and React in 2022?


Another way to see which of the two technologies is better is in its popularity. Several important companies in the world use Angular or React to develop and keep their applications and web pages updated.




Among the companies that use Angular, the following stand out: Forbes, General Motors, Nike, Paypal, Telegram, and Upwork. While React is used by: Airbnb, Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest, Slack, Udemy, and the New York Times.


Staying on the topic of popularity, React surpasses Angular, according to a survey conducted by Stack Overflow in 2021. The open-source library came in fourth place in the survey, while Angular stalled at number nine. , thus demonstrating with figures the superiority of React.


Taking a look at Github, React has 2 million repositories, while Angular only reaches 890 thousand. In users, the JavaScript library again comes out as the winner with 67 thousand, in contrast to the 22 thousand users of Angular.


Starting with both technologies. Which one is easier to learn?


The ease with which you learn any of these technologies depends on the experience you have with programming and development. Angular has a lot of out-of-the-box tools and functionality, making it extremely easy to get started.


However, while React doesn't have that many out-of-the-box options, it also has excellent, clear, and rich documentation to guide and help you build the project from scratch. It also has a great community ready to help at any time.


The numbers and some differences seem to give React an advantage over Angular, but only you have the last word. At Rootstack we have expert developers in both technologies, who have used them with a dedication to quickly and effectively solve the problems presented by our more than 200 international clients.


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