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Building Web Applications: Angular vs. React

Web applications are becoming increasingly popular in recent times as they allow incredible amounts of functionality and dynamics to be incorporated into a web page without the need to constantly refresh a page to retrieve or update content. Although much more complex than a static web page, there are a multitude of tools that can be used to create such a web application (granted with the ‘know-how’ and skills).

The two most popular frameworks and libraries we will be discussing are React and Angular. Both these frameworks are widely used amongst developers to create dynamic, feature-rich, and interactive web applications. Some of the most popular ‘websites’ that utilise these frameworks are Facebook (React), Netflix (React), Gmail (Angular) and many more.

What is Angular?

Angular is a framework built by Google. It makes use of TypeScript and HTML and is used to build mobile and desktop web applications. It is a framework used for building scalable web applications and has a collection of libraries and features which allow developers to develop and scale projects from small to enterprise-level applications.

What is React?

React is an open-source JavaScript library created by Facebook. It is used for frontend development and allows developers to create user interfaces or UI components. React is used to directly link data and states to the UI, therefore allowing content to be updated dynamically.

Angular vs. React

Angular is a Typescript-based JavaScript framework, whereas ReactJS is a JSX-based JavaScript library. React is used to develop UI components with regularly changeable data, whereas Angular is used to build complicated, large-scale apps such as Progressive Web Apps. In comparison to React, Angular has a much steeper learning curve.