Why Angular is still among the favorite in developer world?

Angular and React comparison

At the time when every developer seems to be wanting React, many will inevitably question why Angular is still around.

Flexibility

React is highly flexible, allowing Junior or new React developer to create without restriction, to choose architectures and structures by themselves. However, too much freedom can result in bad practices and unsteady architecture. While Angular may seem strict and enforce a certain structure onto the project, for example, you can always expect the three-piece creation of CSS, Angular component and HTML while working with Angular. The benefit is that once learning the structure, every Angular app you come in contact with will have something similar. Angular knows the way to emphasize cohesion as their key point for things to be able to work properly and smoothly. Every time Angular releases a new version, instead of eliminating the old completely, Angular add new features, new insights and optimizations.

The favor of developer community for Angular

Yes, even though React is affiliated with big name like Facebook and has a number of huge fan from new front end developer community, it is undeniable that Angular has such a strong and active community, for example Angular NYC. Google also supports Angular through holding multiple events, workshops and conferences.

Besides, looking at the faster and faster speed of language update of ECMAScript (the standardized and founding guideline of JavaScript), which now has moved to yearly language update, Angular’s six-month update cycle (the latest version now is Angular 7.0) starts to be tempting rather than scaring to developers. Furthermore, the fact that Angular is a framework which means it has complete UI, state management and architecture system enhances the possibility and space for Angular to grow its potential and functionality much better than React.

The CLI

Angular and React both have CLI, the Angular CLI and create-react-app, the helpful tools to set up production-ready projects based on the corresponding framework. The Angular CLI is much more flexible than create-react-app with also broader scope while React is limited with its scope.

The Angular CLI supports a wider range of project setups. It also supports the most prominent styling options out of the box (plain CSS, SASS, les and stylus). Angular CLI offers developers a much simple way to integrate legacy libraries with global scripts and global styles.

After staging your initial project, the Angular CLI plays the role as a code generator during development.

The bundling features of Angular CLI are extremely helpful to further debugging and optimizations. It supports code splitting into a vendor and an app-bundle.

The Angular CLI integrates better with existing tooling and IDEs: Most IDEs work with the configuration files for Typescript, ESLint, TSLint, karma, Jest … which results in a better development experiences than with create-react-app which does not expose those configuration files.

Conclusion

It’s true that React seems like an exciting and much easier way to embark on the road for new developers. Nevertheless, the relatively conservative and strict approach of Angular make things work in its certain way that many times benefits developers in the long run. It is worthy to take into consideration both of these front end solutions because depending on the situation, one solution might outperform the other.

At BHSoft, we have huge experiences in working with both Angular and React. Check out some of our projects involving Angular and React here:

https://bachasoftware.com/portfolio/ipad-react-native-app-for-hotel-and-restaurant/

https://bachasoftware.com/portfolio/facility-access-management-system/

https://bachasoftware.com/portfolio/schoolbus-management-system/

https://bachasoftware.com/portfolio/public-infrastructure-management/