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Google announced the upcoming release of Angular 5.0.0. November 1, 2017. The “What’s new in Angular 5?” question can be answered with a bunch of features like enhanced performance, faster building process, improved server-side rendering in Angular Universal, replacement of ReflectiveInjector with StaticInjector, Multi exportAs, enhanced RxJS, etc. Even this incomplete list of updates seems to be a pretty impressive advantage in the Angular 5 vs. Angular 4 competition affair, isn’t it?
So what’s our point? You might know that React.JS is one of the main competitor libraries of Angular. It gains more and more popularity with each year, which is represented by the number of stars it has on GitHub. In this article, we’d like to discuss the question of the difference between Angular 5 and React.JS in order to define whether the first has what it takes to outrun the second.
AngularJS is a complete framework with an open source code perfect for team interaction. The main advantages of Angular 5, meanwhile, include:
Let’s also see some of the disadvantages of AngularJS.
Complex syntax. AngularJS syntax is quite difficult to master for the beginners. Although, it’d be fair to notice that the 5th version of this framework uses TypeScript 2.4 which is the least difficult to study edition of TypeScript.
Difficult moments in migrating from one Angular version to another. In case if a part of your app was written using the earlier versions of Angular, be prepared for some hardships while migrating to the updated platform.
React.JS is an open-source library released by the developers of Facebook for the creation of UI that wouldn’t need further optimization. We’d like to familiarize you more with the library’s advantages and disadvantages below.
Let’s consider some of the advantages of the ReactJS:
Capabilities for creating as responsive software as possible. Having incorporated Virtual DOM instead of ordinary DOM, ReactJS made a breakthrough in the aspect of dynamic page refreshing. In fact, due to this solution, the developers gained a possibility to build single-page applications, the certain components of which can be automatically updated without the Internet connection. The stress load on user devices’ OS is decreased in such manner and even the apps brimming with complex animated elements perform rapidly (with no more than 16ms delay).
Flexibility. Based on the concept of the library, the developers can choose absolutely different ways of realizing the planned capabilities in the created UI without having to limit oneself to only the things the React offers. Moreover, the fact that the ReactJS is based on the View only allows programmers to not waste time describing one-to-one correspondences in relations and focus primarily on the data transferring mechanism instead. In its turn, Angular.js is unable to demonstrate such flexibility as it uses the MVVM templates that work with the two-way data binding (which is a pro for predicting an app’s behavior, and a big con for the development process speed). So, as we can see, this round of the React.JS vs. Angular 5 stand is won by the first option.
Now then, a bit on its disadvantages:
Possible problems with updates. If you want to update the current version of your app, be prepared that some third-party solutions used during its creation may be disabled in the process. In such case, you’ll have to promptly start searching for an alternative, test everything all over again and, as a result, spend plenty of excessive time and money. In the case of Angular 5, you’re almost guaranteed to get the software of high stability and you’ll be unlikely to face such a problem.
Now then, let’s conclude our Angular 5 comparison with React.JS. Considering all the above mentioned features of AngularJS and ReactJS, we came to a conclusion that if you’re looking for flexibility followed by simplicity – you’d definitely better off starting with the ReactJS. And the other way around, if you need the most efficient way to organize (and boost) the workflow of your frontend developers’ team, the Angular 5 would be your perfect solution.
In case if you are not a professional developer yourself and only started looking for the most convenient software development tools, don’t risk your time and funds, employ the services of experienced programmers. As a result of that, you will get a properly functioning application simple to support and scale.
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