In this article, David Godfrey shares his thoughts on the Google powered AngularJS library versus the Facebook backed ReactJS. As an avid user of both and an expert in developing dynamic, sophisticated applications for both web and mobile, David outlines what he's encountered through daily use of both libraries and runs through some of their respective attributes, with some comparisons and his recommendations for use.
So when should you use them?
Angular introduces more concepts and abstractions than React, so is more suited to larger applications with teams of experienced developers. The concept of a 'filter' exists in Angular to convert data from one format to another (eg from '1457819216543' to '12th Mar 2016') meaning when it comes to more complex conversions, such as when mapping data to a graph, the template developer already knows how to apply the filter. By comparison in React there would have to be an external library included in and run in the component itself.
Use Angular if you have a complex app.
Use React if you have a simple app, or need a fast prototype.
*First published on http://www.reactiveraven.co.uk
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