Infographic: AngularJS vs. React

Ever wondered who’d win in a face-off between AngularJS and React? Ever looked at a project spec and puzzled which way to go? Perhaps you’re planning to learn one or the other but aren’t sure which.

Wonder no more, because we’ve put together this neat infographic to compare the major points of each language.

Whether you’re concerned with speed, complexity, or how appropriate they are, you’ll find the answer in this quick reference.


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  • You probably should update the performance comparison to a much newer and improved one. Plus such a metric doesn’t say shit about the overall performance. Its just a single one, how can it be all-conclusive?

  • Ram

    I find the word “should” a little bit strong.

  • Julien Bouquillon

    Nice infographic thanks !
    Having worked with both, i must say i dont really agree with the “easier to start” argument. React simplifies the view part indeed, but its only a small part of the whole solution. Using react means using JSX, learning Flux, have a specific tooling… which is good in the end but implies a lot of exploration/bikesheding.

  • pada2sh

    Why everybody compare Angular and React? It’s totally different things! One if full mvc framework, and second – just v.

  • bwashmatique

    I’m sorry but, even if your info-graphic is beautiful, you cannot guide developers to choose between the both tools with so few information.

    – First, React favors immutability of data and “one-way data binding”, and only one direction flow of data. Angular takes the opposite direction with two way data binding by default. Two different programming paradigm to understand.

    – angular directive API evolves in a way that element directives will be compatible with web components; so it seems that angular wants to embrace the future of web standards. I don’t think it’s the case of React that is a pure proprietary solution.This is IHMO an important criteria to consider regarding the context of our project.

    – Most very successful open source solutions in the 21th century are not lead by the community anymore. There is often one of the web giant behind. It’s probably the cause of their success: marketing power. This is something that the both solutions have in COMMON.
    This is not the case for Ember, knockout, Backbone, Aurelia and so on. Worth to mention it I think, when choosing a framework.

    Hope It was not too long

  • everdimension

    This is the worst and most misleading infographic I think I ever saw. The reasoning for choosing these particular comparison points is not clear, except for them being the first things anyone new to the framework hears about. Basically this looks like it’s made by someone who just makes infographics and is familiar with neither of the technologies.

    It’s also always quite funny hearing someone say that with react you _can_ integrate html into js. As if it is some minor and rarely used feature. Well, yes, it’s not required to do so, but it is one of the main features and reasons for using react.

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