Angular vs React.js in Enterprise Level Application

Using Angular or React, we can create a scalable, high-performing single-page web application. But when we are considering it for an enterprise-level app, which one should we choose?

Angular vs ReactJs

I am Frontend Tech Lead and I have experience in both these technologies. I will just jot down some of my observations and then come to a conclusion.

Pros of React.js over Angular

  1. It is faster than Angular. Why? Because it uses Javascript based templating engine. If you have worked in React, you’d know that we write HTML inside JS files. These HTML tags are not really HTML. They are in fact JSX (Javascript XML) and during compilation time, React has no hardcoded HTML tags but pure javascript to render on the Web browser which is comparably faster.
  2. Material UI is on another level for React. You’d basically find everything pre-built in material for any UI component. This makes development really fast as compared to Angular which is more inclined towards Bootstrap.
  3. It is a library and not a framework like Angular. So you have more independence in how you want to organize your codebase.
  4. Redux. Angular also has its own version of Redux but Original always takes away the prize. Redux is much more mature than Angular has and that makes state management in React much more efficient and developer-friendly.

Pros of Angular over React.js

  1. Typescript is not optional. Angular is using Typescript to its core. For React we have to add typescript manually otherwise it is just plain Javascript.
  2. OOPS-based codebase. When we see the codebase of angular, it is pure OOPS. Classes, Methods, Inheritance, Polymorphism, Access modifiers, Abstract Classes, Static Classes. You name it and Angular has it. React also creates class-based components but it has moved towards functional-based components. This makes Angular much more readable to developers who are used to OOPS-based languages like C#, Java, PHP, and others.
  3. Angular has separate files of HTML, CSS, and JS. This makes the life of frontend engineers much easier as it makes Angular much maintainable as compared to React. The codebase can be really clean.

My Conclusion

React is faster, Angular is much more maintainable.

So when should we use which technology?

As per my experience and conclusion, we can go with React for any project whose development lifecycle will be less than 2 years. But if we are talking about any project which will take longer than that or an enterprise-level project whose development will most probably keep going, I would choose Angular. Why? Because the speed of angular is also good, it is just that react.js is better by some points. But maintainability of Angular is really good and in complex projects, angular will still be easier to deal with as compared to React.

Please note: This conclusion is based on my personal experience and I know this topic might be controversial, but should not be taken as an offense to anyone.

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Compulsive Reader with some poetry skills. Professionally Frontend Tech Lead | Angular | React.js | JavaScript

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