React vs Angular: A Deep Comparison & Which is Better?

By | October 31, 2020
Angular vs React

Angular and React are the two widely used frameworks and a library of the JavaScript, there are many myths on the internet over the usage of Angular and React in this article we are going to unfold all the hidden cards of React and Angular. so let’s discuss the difference between React vs Angular.

If we compare Angular and React functionality both are designed to serve the same purpose, i.e. to solve the same Front-end problems.


React vs Angular

If you are into web development then you must be aware of the concept of Front-end and Back-end Development. Angular and React are part of Front-End Development. You do not need any kind of back end knowledge to learn React and Angular if you know JavaScript and other two pillars (HTML and CSS) of Front-end you are able to understand what can we do with Angular and React.

Many people have this misconception that Front-End development ends with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, its true to a limit but when you learn front End in-depth you realize there is more than CSS and JavaScript, you got libraries and frameworks which are using in the front end, and they are helping with providing an amazing interface to the user.

What should be a Beginner’s Choice: React or Angular?

It always is a tough decision for a front-end developer with some experience of HTML, CSS, and JS, and now thinking about what to do next to enhance the front-end skills. In 2019, there are 2 options which are heating the front-end development that is React and Angular. Though both Angular and React are designed to serve the same purpose, I would suggest choosing which is easy to learn.

When you will research which is easy to learn, you will get a clear result is React. React is way much easier to learn than Angular. React is a library of JS and Angular is a TypeScript framework, though working on a framework is easy and you get many pre-built tools. But on the other side operating and learning a framework could be tedious and difficult. Whereas, React is a library which is easy to learn if you know how to work with JavaScript.

If you ask us, what should you learn, we would definitely say go to React.

Frameworks vs Library

We have mentioned above that React is a library whereas, Angular is a TypeScript (Superset of JavaScript) framework. What does it mean? Let’s discuss it.

Frameworks and libraries are the same in some content. If we talk in simple word Frameworks and Libraries are the pre-defined or pre-written codes which we use to perform the task so we do not need to write the code by our self every time.

Frameworks and Libraries are designed to reduce the code length of a programme. The basic principle on which the Frameworks and Libraries works are DRY (Do not Repeat Yourself) and code reusability.

Now the question is how frameworks are different from libraries? Often people get confused Libraries with frameworks but there are many differences. We would not discuss all the difference between Frameworks and Libraries here, instead, I will tell you the main difference of their working.

The main technical difference is how Frameworks and Libraries work. When we use a library, it means that we are calling a bunch of pre-written code in our own programme, then we don’t need to write additional code every time. While a framework is also a pre-written code but we do no call a framework in our programme, rather a framework calls our programme and plugs it with something else.



React which is also known as React.js is a JavaScript library which is written in JavaScript. It is created by Jordan Walke on Facebook. Now Facebook maintains React. It was first released in March 2013 since than React performing as a great tool in the field of solving front-end problems. The community of React is growing very rapidly and it promising many job opportunities in the future for the front-end developers.



Some Big Tech Which is using React:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • WhatsApp
  • Airbnb
  • Netflix
  • Uber
  • Dropbox



Angular is a JavaScript Framework which is written in TypeScript (A scripting language developed by Microsoft and it is a superset of JavaScript). The main asset of Angular which makes it so popular is its parent company, Angular is developed by Google and it was first released in September 2016. There is a term you often hear when you use Angular, which is AngularJS, do not confuse it with Angular. Angular was the old version of AngularJS. When Angular was rewritten by the same team then they called it AngularJS or Angular 2. Now AngularJS is in the use.


Some Big tech which is Using AngularJS

  • Google
  • Upwork
  • HBO
  • Nike
  • Forbes
  • Sony

Also Read: AngularJS Vs ReactJs

React vs Angular

Parameters React Angular
Release 2013 2016
Developed by Facebook Google
Written on JavaScript TypeScript
Type Library Framework
DOM (Document Object Model) Virtual DOM works way faster than the Real DOM. Real DOM, it works similar to Virtual DOM for trivial updates, but when we are talking about thousands of updates on HTML tags it works slow.
Popularity According to Google React has more search than Google. The Popularity of React is more than Angular. Angular is new, it is popular but not as React. People like to use React more than Angular.
Learning Curve Low Learning Curve very easy to learn. High, difficult to learn as compared to React.
Performance React has Virtual DOM which makes its performance very fast when it’s come to loading and Refreshing webpages. Angular’s MVVM helps to reduce the loading speed of the web pages.
Data Binding Uni-Directional Bi-Directional
Testing Facebook use jest to test the React code. In Angular, you get Jasmine framework for the code testing.
Architecture Reusable, Cohesive, and modular components. Cohesive, reusable and modular components.
Documentation React provide a well-managed Documentation yet it is undergoing regular updates. Angular is new in the field and its update making its documentation slow.
Community React has a growing community. Angular also supports a large community.


Both are doing Great in order to serve the best for web development. After comparing both, we have seen that React is a clear winner. Angular is new and needs many updates if it wants to overtake the React.

In my suggestion choosing React would be a great decision if you want to make a career in the front-end web development because it offering you more opportunity than the angular.

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