Angular 2 vs. React
That being said, React’s whole ecosystem is built around modular, composable and reusable components that maintain state while passing data down from the parent to child as props. The React way has been loved by many developers across the world, and there is a vibrant open-source community. React has been the golden child for application development in 2015 when compared to other frameworks.
You might wonder that comparning React to Angular 2.0 is like comparing Apples to Oranges as Angular is a full-blown framework and React is just the View in MVVM - a laser focused library if you will. To make it easier, I’ll be discussing advantages / disadvantages between the two and concentrating on the component part of the lifecycle - that should drastically draw the lines closer to a better comparison.
Let’s look at the advantages that React has as our first look:
reduce with plenty of usage of the
innerHTML = quux dump like other tools out there.
JSX is a declarative syntax that’s used to express the virtual DOM and get interpreted and converted to virtual DOM, which then gets diffed agains the real DOM. React renders fast because you don’t rewrite the whole DOM tree, only the differences apply.
Other points about JSX:
- Designers like JSX and design teams adjust quickly since they find it easier to work with
- Keeps markup organized and DRY
- Easy rendering lists with
React embraces the UNIX philosphy, which means that you choose the libraries that you need to get the job done by having the ability to swap out at your free will.
Tooling will never be a problem with React, there are alot of open source projects that will ramp you up in no time. With hot-reload, support for WebPack and a plethora of options developed by passionate community members
Now for Angular 2’s advantages:
Angualar is web componet friendly in terms of native web components - this is a huge strength as the web is evolving towards the latest specifications and will be a big win in the long term as browsers start supporting it.
There is something awesome about building a typed function interface and knowing that the next dev who comes along will know how to use your code.
React’ moves a fast rate causing churn within the ecosystem - what you write today may be out of date tomorrow or require changes within the libraries that you have used today. This can be very frustrating and turns out to be the source of confusion and too much work trying to find the right libraries for the job.
Adding to this point, Angular forces more opinions on you which helps you get started much quicker without having to make too many decisions up front.
Performance is a key metric for many people looking at a tech buy in. Angular 1 had performance issues with dirty checking and digest cycles that were mentioned post after post on the internets. It looks like Angular 2 have cleaned it up, so it compares to React quite well where performance is concerned.
One should also consider team performance as highly as app performance - the team should be able to move fast and make quick changes.
- If you make a mistake with Angular 2 templates they fail silently, compare this with React that notifies you immediately if there is something wrong with your JSX syntax
- Both Angular 2 and React can use whatever data management layer that you like, and you can bring your own state management to ng2.
Keep in mind that there are alot of things in React that you won’t find in Angular 2.0 and vice versa. There are also other options out there, but React and Angular dominate usage and you can find value in a large ecosystem and developer community. If you choose one, stick with it and learn it’s intricacies from the ground up - and remember never to lose complete sight of the other.