So, we immediately answer the main question, “Which one is better?” – There is no best choice for everyone…. Now you probably think something like this: “There is no point in reading it further,” but wait a minute. In fact, these two frameworks differ a lot from each other, they are intended for various tasks, so the particular choice of the best solution is always individual. And to do it correctly, you must understand their main features, benefits, and drawbacks. Let’s talk about this.
So, here are the main parameters of these products, summarized in tabular form:
|Template||HTML + Typescript||JSX + JS (ES5/ES6)|
As you can see, Facebook’s product is not even a framework, but a front-end library. However, the main difference is DOMs that they use. Virtual DOM is in the first one, and Regular is in the second one. What is the difference? Let’s look at it on the following example:
If you want to change some information contained in HTML tags, for example, the user’s birth date inside HTML tags, the Regular DOM will update all the tags until it finds the right fragment (it significantly decreases performance). The Virtual DOM will update only the necessary HTML fragment.
Both frameworks work with native and web applications.
Now let’s look at the strengths and weaknesses of each application.
Benefits and drawbacks
To make it more convenient for you to compare, we will present this information in the following tables.
Let’s start with the benefits:
Popularity is another indicator that speaks in favor of some option. Here’s what we have here: according to Google Trends, these are the two most popular web technologies in 2019. There are more search queries for Angular, probably due to bigger number of ready-made solutions. One thing is for sure: both technologies are developing, their future has great prospects.
If you are a novice developer and are going to master these technologies, Angular will undoubtedly be easier for you. On the other hand, React provides more features; besides, it provides potentially higher performance.
In any case, a whole set of different factors influences the choice of a product, so this decision is always individual. Therefore, you should prioritize and choose the very best solution for your team or specific task.