Google released Angular in 2010. It is a component-based, model-view-controller (MVC) framework. This makes the language highly modular, allowing extensive reuse of classes. In Angular, the two-way data binding feature helps reduce development time by allowing developers to make changes in models and views without waiting for UI elements to be rendered. To further reduce development time, developers also have access to Angular templates. The HTML-based templates allow rapid deployment of single-page sites and applications.
Facebook and an active community of developers maintain React. It was released in 2013 and is currently in use by Instagram, PayPal, Dropbox, the BBC, and Atlassian. Technically, React is a library and not a framework. React comes with a unique feature called the Virtual DOM, which allows developers to make changes to the code without having to update the whole view. This leads to improved performance because the Virtual Dom will only re-render the necessary parts of the page.
Both React and Angular are powerful tools for crafting better web and mobile experiences. At the top level, they are both great at what they do and direct comparisons will reveal advantages to both. But in the world of software, the single most important metric is popularity and adoption. In 2013, the future belonged to Angular. However, the outlook shifted when React was introduced in May 2013. React hasn’t slowed down since, and at the time of writing this blog, it is easily the preferred development framework. If trends persist, it would be prudent to choose React for your next project.