Angular2 vs ReactJS — Why developers are so confused choosing one of them?

I am a AngularJS developer and when I heard about Angular2 earlier in 2016 I went through docs and tried to create a ToDo in that. But, as it was very confusing I personally thought it’s very tough to learn compare to AngularJS so I moved to ReactJS and it was way more easier to learn. I’ve worked couple of months in ReactJS and couple of weeks ago in December, 2016 I heard about stable version of Angular2 which is very improved. So I tried it again and now I don’t want to go back to ReactJS. You may have found many articles or blogs saying that React is good than Angular2 but it was because before launch of Angular2, tug of war was initiated between Angular2 and React developers and they’ve started blogging and announced React as a winner forgetting essential value of Angular.

 

Now before going any further in this discussion…

I would like to point out one thing — there’s no sense in comparing difference between Angular2 and ReactJS. Because Angular is a framework and React is a library but the developers who are comparing these are not doing any kind of crime as both technologies are front-end UI designing technologies and people has right to know the difference. This post is not 100% comparison to announce “winner” but to highlight certain key aspects that developers are forgetting in time of doing promotions.

 

First we’ll go with Goal, Similarities, Differences of both technologies including their Merits and De-merits

Angular2 aims to…

Offer programmers a complete front-end framework which reinforces a fine dissolution of concerns instead of sticking to a particular architecture

The main objective of React is…

To provide developers with an excellent view for their application and to offer effective ways for the framing of reusable declarative plugins

Similarities

Both technologies serves devlopers as front-end technologies and helps them to details the view of Web or Mobile applications. Both are component based UI.

Differences

As I said… Angular2 is fully developerd framework and React is component based library having additional libraries developed by community. The change detection is entirely difference in these technologies. Angular2 offers more functionality then React. Angular2 is TypeScripts and React runs on ES5/ES6. Angular2 uses HTML templates to define UI and ReactJS uses JSX. To gain little improvement over Angular2, React supports static typing.

Here are some merits and demerits of both technologies

  • ReactJS is easy to learn compare to Angular2
  • Learning curve of Angular2 is low as current novice developers find greater difficulties learning syntax and structure of Angular2
  • Dealing with change detection is easy in Angular2 compare to React. It allows developer to develoepr change detection for complete application
  • In React, the flux like architecture brings in improved performance while dealing with DOM

there are many more points but these are the main points according to me.

 

Where can React be used against Angular 2?

React contains libraries that most developers are familiar with, hence developers can integrate libraries in the project much easily. jQuery applications can be quickly migrated to React. React offers better IE8 support, and remains as a highly matured technology. The functioning of synthetic events is simply superb while dealing with SVG.

Where Angular 2 can be used against React?

Angular 2 is modern and built-in by keeping higher standards in mind. It offers a tremendous backing for web components, joining of projects, and web artisans. Angular 2 is well- arranged with convenient change detection options, and similar practices (once mastered it is easy to use).

 

P.S.

Both Angular2 and React are great technologies. The tug of war is so closely tight between them and predicting a clear winner is really hard. The choice between the two in most occasions may dependent upon the comfort, technical know-how, and productivity of developers.