There is absolutely no doubt over the fact that AngularJS came as a whiff of fresh and welcoming air for developers who find it too tough to get going as their code began to be populated with too much of jQuery selectors and callbacks.
AngularJS has surely added a number of innovations the the way development projects are carried out for applications of varied size and scope.
But all said and done, there are certain issues cropping up that have often placed the developers in a pool of seemingly unending confusion or even performance issues. More specifically, the performance levels drop when there are too many items to handle. That’s where ReactJS proves to be a great alternative.
But before that, let’s have a closer look at the AngularJS drawbacks:
- There is an unhealthy dependence of AngularJS on DOM. The data binded to DOM leads to the full pages being rendered whenever there is a change initiated. And it leads to slowing down of the debugging of execution order.
- Two-way binding in AngularJS leads to serious performance degradations as and when the components become complicated. The rendering becomes achingly slow. Also, in two way binding you can find many components having the capacity to modify the data, which eventually leads to a situation where you have several data input sources. With inputs heavily pouring in, you might find yourself overwhelmed.
- AngularJS is pretty hard to learn with its remarkably complicated and unheard concepts. The directives and filters make it abundantly hard for anyone to get a good grasp over it. Besides that, it can be become a serious headache to debug in AngularJS.
How React Makes a Difference
Unlike a typiccal application framework, React focuses heavily on building interfaces that are user-friendly to the core. The factors that perch it above AngularJS include:
React is faster than AngularJS
This arrangement leads to some serious boost in the web performance. And as the rendering process keep on executing, a differential on the Virtual DOM is performed by the React. Following this, it only updates those components in DOM that need an update.
React Retains the Cross-Browser Compatibility
Another advantage to React introducing Virtual DOM is that it resolves the concerns associated with lack of browser compatibility. The standardized API we get access to via Virtual DOM works in sync with almost all browsers.
With React, you have the freedom to create and test the components in an altogether separate environment. Also, these components can make use of the other components as well, which in turns leads to much more improved maintainability.
Data Flows Only in One Direction
Search engine bots have a hard time crawling through the single page JS web apps. But React performs a pre-rendering on the apps and only then do they reach to the user agent. The state on the server can be thus restored on to the live app and this has an impact in the way search engine bots depend on the server response.
ReactJS is well on its way to dominatingly replace AngularJS, riding on a whole suite of benefits.