Angular vs React: Comparing Two Leading Frameworks for Developing Industry-specific Apps
When building apps, every industry has some specific choices and considerations. While building dynamic apps and single page web apps is popular across too many industries, not all frameworks and technologies are equally suitable for them.
Here we are going to compare these two technologies for developing industry-specific apps.
Angular was developed by Google to enhance the HTML syntax to build more powerful single-page apps. Since then, the framework continued to evolve with frequent updates and is now an acclaimed framework for demanding enterprise apps.
It is a robust framework with a whole array of inbuilt tools for multiple actions, including state management, routing, form validation, and various others.
Key Benefits of Angular
- With a robust front-end specific model–view–controller (MVC) and model–view–View Model (MVVM), the architecture makes development, testing, and apps deployment easier.
- The modular approach of development is ensured by Dependency Injection.
- It is a highly scalable framework to help enterprise apps scale-up capability as per the demand.
Reusable components, UI elements, and great modularity are the three things that make React a better framework for industry-specific and tailored apps.
Key Benefits of React
- The reusability of the code and access to native UI elements helps cross-platform development without compromising native usability.
- React offers a highly component-based architecture to make things easier for large app projects.
- React by ensuring unidirectional data flow and Flux, makes development easier.
The Similarities Between Angular and React
Despite the above differences and their specific approaches to app projects, both Angular and React share several common characteristics. Here below, we explain these similarities one by one.
- CSS3 support is common to both frameworks to ensure clean and better coding.
- Both ensure a component-based architecture and reusability of code to help cross-platform development.
- Both are supported and maintained by big development companies, respectively, Google and Facebook.
- Both boast of a huge global community of developers.
Key Differences Between Angular and React
Now that the specific features, value propositions, and similarities of the two frameworks are explained, it is time to point out the mutual differences that make them ideal for different projects.
Angular comes as a fully-featured framework taking care of everything from scratch. This is why anyone starting with the framework needs to learn many things from the ground up, which makes the learning curve bigger and more complex to handle. Angular also comes with many unique and out of the box concepts to ensure clear app structure.
The Volume of Components and APK Size
Since Angular depends on Real DOM and works with MVC pattern and bidirectional data flow, it comes with a larger APK size. Angular is bigger in size because of accommodating a number of components representing various concepts.
In contrast, React is simpler with fewer concepts, and so in spite of offering a robust library, it is leaner in size. It supports unidirectional data flow and comes with half the size of APK compared to Angular.
Updates and Community
Angular comes with more frequent update releases and comes with more transformations for the developer and end-user experience. But it enjoys the support of a huge worldwide community of developers. Moreover, it enjoys the active support of Google and Google developers.
There are lesser updates with React, and most updates are easier and less complicated compared to that of Angular. On the other hand, thanks to the ease of development and superb end-user experience, React is already popular. React also boasts of a strong developer community all over the globe.
Angular is popularly used by large enterprise apps and performance-demanding apps such as video streaming or music apps. It is also popular for single robust page web apps. Angular has been the key technology for big industry apps such as Google, YouTube, Forbes, telegram, etc.
In contrast, React as a library with excellent code reusability is more suitable for SPA (Single page application) and cross-platform apps. React is used by a lot of major brands such as Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, Instagram, Twitter,, Netflix, and many others.
Both the frameworks are equally reputed and industry-acclaimed, and so, there is no straightforward answer to choose between the two. Choosing the right platform depends on your specific development needs and industry-specific feature requirements.
Juned Ghanchi is a Co-founder and CMO of award-winning IndianAppDevelopers top mobile app development company in India & USA offering mobility solutions to global companies across various industries from the last ten years.
What is Angular?
What is React?
What are the similarities between Angular and React?
– CSS3 support
– Both ensure a component-based architecture
– Reusability of code to help cross-platform development
– Supported and maintained by big development companies
What are the differences between Angular and React?
– Learning Curve
– The Volume of Components and APK Size
– Updates and Community
– Popular Uses