Over the past decade, quite a few frameworks were developed to save coding time and filter the code. A framework is basically an environment that enables you to build dynamic applications in less time by utilizing libraries to define the structure of an application.
The two most popular JS frameworks are certainly Angular and React.
Before we define the two, let’s point out that both are used to make single-page applications (SPAs). A SPA interacts with users by rewriting the content on the current page with the newly fetched data from the server instead of rendering new pages. This dynamic interaction improves both the performance and user experience.
Key word: Framework
Angular is a free open-source web application platform developed by Google and serves as an application builder.
Key word: Library
Developed by Facebook, React is a free open-source JS library for creating UI components.
JS Framework vs JS Library
Even though both actually represent reusable code, and the two terms are used interchangeably, there are some differences between a framework and a library. A framework is the blueprint of an application, it defines its structure. A library provides functions an application can invoke and execute to perform an assignment. The main difference is in controlling the app flow. The framework is always in charge of the code, while you can call a library when you need it.
React offers more flexibility and independence since it’s a library and you can add as many libraries as you need. The code is easy to understand. React updates the UI almost immediately without fetching that view from the server. The syntax resembles HTML and you can find incredibly comprehensive documentation.
Angular, on the other hand, offers easy access to information, higher security of data. It is low maintenance, high performance, keeps your code clean, and can be tested effortlessly.
How to make a choice?