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Why Should You Ditch Angular For React?

kashif ali

  • Mar 29, 2022

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Some years ago, when our code started getting cluttered with callbacks and jQuery selectors, Angular JS came to our rescue. It helped with the maintainability of our development projects and came with many out-of-the-box functionalities. Being tooled to build large-scale web applications, Angular greatly facilitated rapid development in this category of applications. We still remember how its philosophy of Model as a single source and two-way binding blew us away. And, when put into practice, they reduced the redundancy throughout the applications. However, over time, we discovered some pain points in Angular. Eventually, they caused us enough frustration that we began finding alternatives and came across the debate of React Vs. Angular 2022.

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In this blog, we have laid down all the concerns team Xcentric Services had with Angular and the reasons why we switched to React. If you have been thinking of building mobile applications or websites, you are probably aware of the debate. It is quite a hot topic in the den of developers but the beginners are still confused about it. They cannot choose just by looking at React and Angular, as our experienced developers can. To improve the performance of their work, they have to search and know which one to focus on.

Hence, for assisting you to discover a solution to all the issues, we have talked about React and Angular right here, along with their drawbacks and benefits. Reading the blog till the end will help you in gaining an upper hand in the programming world. So, let’s start rolling the ball NOW!

What Is The Purpose Of React?

React is a JavaScript-based library for developing an effective yet simple approach to creating projects into declarative programming mechanisms. User interfaces that look visually attractive and perform great can be built. Moreover, its simple and reliable structure is what mainly catches every developer’s eye.

Overall, it is a developing technology that is created for designing innovative and smooth single-page applications. The major purpose behind it is to provide a scalable and cutting-edge program that is not complex. It also enables updating data easily and quickly without reloading the pages of a website.

What Are The Concerns With Angular?

When comparing React to Angular, there are many concerns that we have had with the latter, leading to frustration. Right below, we have them all listed – read through them before you make a decision and choose one.

  • DOM For Execution

For the execution flow, Angular relies heavily on DOM. The default bootstrapping in Angular applications scans and compiles the DOM according to the priorities of directives. Therefore, making debugging and testing the execution order more difficult.

  • Two-Way Binding: A Double-Edged Sword

As the complications in the components increase, such an approach leads to issues in performance. So the question is that how does two-binding affect the performance? When changes are made to objects or variables, JavaScript does not have any implementation for notifying about it. Given the reason, Angular uses a thing called Dirty Checking for tracking the changes in data and syncing them with the UI.

After every operation performed in the scope of Angular, the dirty-checking is carried out, leading to slow performance as the count of bindings rises. One more problem with two-way binding is that numerous components on the page can change data, which means that there are multiple data input sources. If not managed properly, this might lead to an overwhelming and confusing solution. Fair enough, this is an issue with the implementation and not an issue with Angular itself.

  • Angular Has An Own World

Each operation in Angular has to go through its digesting cycle, otherwise, its components do not sync with the data models. Therefore, leading to compatibility problems with other dependencies.

Moreover, if a third-party JavaScript is being used and its data keeps changing, wrapping it with the apply function of Angular is important. Or, if it is a utility library, you can convert it into a service. This is similar to reinventing every JavaScript that is being used for interoperating it with Angular.

  • Dependency Injection

Currently, the JavaScript for Angular does not have its own dependency resolver and a package manager. Thats really sad and makes it difficult for developers too! But #DYK Common JS, UMD, and AMD have been solving this dependency gap for some time now. However, until recently and  unfortunately Angular is not playing well with any of them. Rather,  it has introduced its own DI , that is THE Dependency Injection. Fairly, RequireJS is now widely being used by unofficial Angular dependency-injection implementations.

  • Steep Learning Curve

React to Angular

Not familiar with Angular yet? Well then, to use it, you will have to learn millions of concepts that include the following eight:

  1. Controllers
  2. Scopes
  3. Linking Functions
  4. Dependency Injection
  5. Modules
  6. Directives
  7. Templating
  8. Filters

Honestly speaking, getting started on Angular is quite difficult because it is not for those with the faint of heart. So, all of this led us to the React Vs. Angular 2022 debate – after which we ended up at choosing React.

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What Is So Great In React?

React is an open-source framework used to differently build user interfaces when developing JavaScript applications. It is led by Instagram and Facebook. To be straight, React is not a framework for application development like AngularJS. In fact, comparing Angular Vs. React Performance in an apples-to-apples manner is not fair.

Back in May 2013 when React was introduced at JSConf EU, it left the audience shocked with some of the concepts like Virtual DOM and one-way data flow. React is used to build user interfaces. In simpler words, like it is written on the project’s official landing page – people use React as the MVC’s V.

However, users can write self-controlled mechanisms with it, which more or less is comparable with the directives of Angular. React is a re-think version of the current best practices and concepts of web development.

For example, it boosts the one-way flow of data and is certain of the philosophy that components are state machines that data drives. While similar frameworks love manipulating and working directly with the DOM, React hates DOM and works by shielding the developers from it. Even more, React delivers the bare-minimum API that is needed for defining a component of the User Interface. Nothing less or nothing more, React follows the philosophy of UNIX – there is beauty in doing small. Try doing one thing and give it your BEST.

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Why Did We Switch To React?

Now, even though react is so great, you must be thinking about what did we actually liked about it. Well, there is no limit to its amazing features and functionalities, but here are some of our favourites:

Fast Speed

As compared to other frameworks, the approach of Reach to the DOM is different. It does not allow working directly with the DOM and has introduced a layer – Virtual DOM, which works between the actual DOM and the logic of JavaScript.

Technically, such a concept boosts web performance. On consecutive renders, a differential is performed by React on the Virtual DOM. Later, it only updates some parts of the actual DOM which require to be updated.

Cross-Browser Compatibility

Cross-browser issues can also be solved the better way with Virtual DOM of the React, as it provides a standardized API that works as far back as IE 8.

Modularity

By writing UI components that are self-contained, the applications can be modularized. In return, this isolated the issues in the problematic components only. However, every component that is in isolation can be developed and tested while using other components too. Therefore, equating to improvements in maintainability.· One-Way Data Flow

One-way data layers can be created in React JavaScript applications using the Flux architecture. It was a concept by Facebook and the React view library. Technically, it is not a tool-specific implementation but an incorporable concept that makes the development of large-scale applications simple.

JavaScript for Angular

Just JavaScript

Modern web applications work differently in comparison with the traditional Web. For instance, the View layer has to be updated with new user interactions without causing any hit to the server. Hence, the Controller and View have to heavily rely on each other.

Template engines such as Mustache or Handlebars are used by many other frameworks for dealing with the View layer. However, in React, the Controller and View are so dependent on each other that they have to reside in a single place. And, that too without using any third-party engine for templating or leaving the JavaScript’s scope.

Isomorphic JavaScript

One of the biggest downsides of a single-page JS web application is that when getting crawled by a search engine, it has limitations. There is a solution for this in React, which allows pre-rendering applications on the server before they are sent to the user agent.

Moreover, the solution also allows restoring the same state from the pre-rendered static content on the server into the live application. Also, because the search engine crawlers are reliant on the server responses and not the execution of JavaScript, pre-rending applications help with search engine optimization.

Playing With Others

Bundlers and loaders such as Browserify, RequireJS, and Webpack are needed the most when building huge applications. They make difficult tasks manageable. However, unfortunately, JacaScript’s current version does not provide a loader or module bundler.

The good news is that there is a proposal addressing this issue in the upcoming ES6 version with System. import.  There are some other alternatives too like Webpack and RequireJS that are quite neat. React is built using Browserify, but for injecting image assets and compiling CoffeeScript or Less, Webpack is probably the better option.

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Will You Need Other Development Frameworks With React?

By using React, user interfaces can be built. However, making AJAC calls, applying data filters, and doing other things that Angular does is something you will have to do still. So, the question is – why ditch angular if you will still need an additional JavaScript application development framework?

Frameworks are sets of rules and modules. If you do not need some of the modules or want to swap one for another that does better at the job, there is a way to do it. Packages managers allow achieving modularity and help manage dependency better. But then, how to manage the packages in Angular? Well, that is up to the developers, but know that the world of Angular is HUGE. And, most likely, you have to adapt third-party packages in its world.

On the other hand, React is similar to JavaScript. Any package that is written in JavaScript will not need to be wrapped in React

For us, using package managers like Bower and NPM always works. We choose and pick our components to make customized toolsets. Clearly, this is much more complicated in comparison with using a comprehensive application development framework like Angular.

On this base, the saving grace is that the use of #NPM is encouraged by React, which offers many ready-to-use packages. For instance, to get started on building applications with React, you can use any full-stack starter kits.

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Is Switching To React Painless?

As an application development framework, Angular comes with many features. We gave up features like an AJAX  wrapper in the $http server, $q as a promised service, ng-if as template controlling statements, and many such amazing things.

React on the other hand is not an application development framework, so users also have to think about dealing with other features of building applications. For instance, we are working on an open-source project which is called react utils. It is useable with React for easing development. Moreover, the community is also contributing actively to such reusable mechanisms for filling in the blanks.

React Vs. Angular 2022An unofficial directory website where such open-source components can be found is React Components. When looking at a React Vs. Angular 2022 comparison, the philosophy of React is different. It does not encourage using two-way binding, bringing in lots of pain when dealing with editable data grids and form elements. However, the Flux data flow and Stores get understandable, things get clear, easy, and simple.

React is an all-new thing, and the community around it will take some sweet time to grow. You can reach us out at Xcentric for getting React Developers in Pakistan.

On the other hand, Angular already has HUGE popularity and countless extensions available like Restangular and Angular UI. However, even though the community of React is new, it is growing quite fast. Its extensions the React Bootstrap is proof of this, and in just a matter of time, we will surely have many more components available.

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    Conclusion

    If you are in love with the approach of Angular, then you are more likely to hate React initially. Mainly, because of the lack of application development features and one-way data flow in it. You might even end up having to take care of lots of things on your own.

    However, as soon as you are comfortable with the philosophy of React and its Flux design pattern, we are sure that you will see its beauty. Even the leading projects like Instagram and Facebook also use React. Though in the end, it is YOU who need to make a decision of choosing between Angular and React.

    Need help from professionals before you bet on any of the two? Get in touch with Xcentric Services at connect@xcentricservice.com or ring us on 0300-800-2094  TODAY!

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