12 February 2018
Your choice of development framework will have long term repercussions for IT and corporate strategy for years to come. When migrating and upgrading legacy web applications – or building new ones from scratch – the option of using React and Angular frameworks will inevitably become a consideration.
AngularJS and Angular 2+
Created to assist with developing single-page applications, Angular plays an important role in delivering services to Google’s customers. The framework is also used by other global brands to deliver web services including JetBlue and Netflix.
Worryingly, Google has a habit of cancelling successful, popular products. So is there a risk that any business committing their future to Angular could run into problems?
Yes and no. Google could stop developing Angular if they wanted to. Now 11 years old, Angular is into its second iteration however, giving every indication that Google are committed to the framework.
Having been released under an MIT license, there is every possibility that the mature, enthusiastic Angular developer community would create a fork to ensure its continued existence.
Google does have a clear development path in place however – Angular 6 is due for release in March or April this year, with version 7 following in September/October.
React is noticeably “younger” than Angular; the framework was only made available to developers in 2013. The number of high-profile React users suggests that many companies can see a long term future with the framework.
Newer developments designed to increase the functionality of the core React framework include React Native for mobile app development, and Reactive Extensions (Rx) for handling push sequences in .NET applications.
Importantly, React is officially Open Source software, allowing anyone to modify and extend core code as required. There is nothing to stop any business, individual or developer community from creating their own fork should Facebook withdraw support for the framework.
Choose either. Or both.
The developer bodies behind React and Angular clearly have long term plans for both frameworks. Both also boast growing developer communities, making them good choices for building your own web-based applications.
Importantly, React and Angular can be used together too. So there’s no reason to make an either/or decision for your web applications – you can use both if required.
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