Angular vs. React Comparison

The Basics

AttributeAngularJSAngular 2React
Version1.5.0-rc1 / 1.492.0.0 – In Beta0.14.6
AuthorGoogleGoogleFacebook
LanguageJavaScript/HTMLTypeScriptJSX
Size143k764k151k
Github Stars46.4k8.4k34.4k
Github Contributors1,386189604

This table is pretty straight forward, Angular is created by Google and React is created by Facebook.

The Meta Stuff

AttributeAngularJSAngular 2React
ChurnReducedReducedHigh
ToolingLowHighHigh
Code DesignJS into HTMLJS into HTMLJavaScript Centric
JavaScript “Fatigue”LessLessMore

The Other Information

AttributeAngularJSAngular 2React
DOMRegular DOMRegular DOMVirtual DOM
Learning CurveHighMediumLow
PackagingWeakMediumStrong
AbstractionWeakStrongStrong
Debugging GeneralGood HTML / Bad JSGood JS/Good HTMLGood JS / Bad HTML
Debug Line NONoNoYes
Unclosed Tag Mentioned?NoNoYes
Fails When?RuntimeRuntimeCompile-Time
Binding2 Way2 WayUni-Directional
TemplatingIn HTMLIn TypeScript FilesIn JSX Files
Component ModelWeakStrongMedium
Building Mobile?Ionic FrameworkIonic FrameworkReact Native
MVCYesYesView Layer Only
RenderingClient SideServer SideServer Side

After spending a few days researching and reading other articles on these two frameworks, I have found that there is a lot of give and take when it comes to comparing the two. Angular is the better choice for some projects while, for others, React is better. As always you should asses the project that you are working on to find out what best suits your needs. Hopefully these comparison charts can help you with that decision.

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