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AngularJS vs Backbone.js: What are the differences?

Developers describe AngularJS as "Superheroic JavaScript MVW Framework". AngularJS lets you write client-side web applications as if you had a smarter browser. It lets you use good old HTML (or HAML, Jade and friends!) as your template language and lets you extend HTML’s syntax to express your application’s components clearly and succinctly. It automatically synchronizes data from your UI (view) with your JavaScript objects (model) through 2-way data binding. On the other hand, Backbone.js is detailed as "Give your JS App some Backbone with Models, Views, Collections, and Events". Backbone supplies structure to JavaScript-heavy applications by providing models key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing application over a RESTful JSON interface.

AngularJS and Backbone.js can be categorized as "Javascript MVC Frameworks" tools.

"Quick to develop", "Great mvc" and "Powerful" are the key factors why developers consider AngularJS; whereas "Javascript structure", "Models" and "Simple" are the primary reasons why Backbone.js is favored.

AngularJS and Backbone.js are both open source tools. AngularJS with 59.6K GitHub stars and 28.9K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Backbone.js with 27.5K GitHub stars and 5.72K GitHub forks.

Lyft, MIT, and Vine Labs are some of the popular companies that use AngularJS, whereas Backbone.js is used by reddit, SendGrid, and Trello. AngularJS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2793 company stacks & 1806 developers stacks; compared to Backbone.js, which is listed in 1066 company stacks and 213 developer stacks.

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Carolyne Stopa
Full Stack Developer at Contabilizei · | 10 upvotes · 215.1K views
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Vue.js

React might be a good option if you're considering a mobile app for the future, because of react native. Although, Vue.js has the easiest learning curve and offers a better developer ramp-up time. Vue.js is great to build SPAs, very clean and organized and you won't have a lot of long-term maintenance problems (like AngularJS, for example). Bootstrap can still be used, but with flexbox there's no need anymore.

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Chaitanya Chunduri
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React

I recommend React because of less memory occupant compare to Angular, but this will depend on your organisation flexibility. When you use React you need to import different libraries as per your need. On the other side angular is a complete framework.

Performance-wise I vote for react js as it loads up quickly and lighter on the mobile. You can make good PWA with SSR as well.

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React

If you are new to all three react will be a good choice considering, react-native will be useful if you want to build cross platform mobile application today or tomorrow. If you are talking about bootstrap styling framework than it's a choice you can style ur components by ur self or use bootstrap 4.0 framework. The complete stack mentioned above is platform agnostic u can run it anywhere you want be it cloud or on-premise.

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Decisions about AngularJS and Backbone.js

We choose React for our client-side implementation because of React's virtual DOM implementation and component rendering optimization. It can help our app to be more stable and easier to debug. Also, react has strong support from the dev community. There is an enormous amount of reacting libraries we could use, which will speed up our development process.

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neha menahil

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Peter Schmalfeldt
Senior Software Engineer · | 5 upvotes · 52.1K views

I honestly think the best choice for which framework you use should come down to your team's skills. If you have one Senior Dev that is great at React, but like 3-4 mid-level devs, and a handful of junior devs that know Vue.js ... maybe look at using Vue.js a little more seriously.

Yes, there are pros and cons to framework decisions, but I honestly see a LOT of teams not even consider whether a specific framework is a good fit.

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Peter Schmalfeldt
Senior Software Engineer · | 4 upvotes · 44.5K views

I honestly think the best choice for which framework you use should come down to your team's skills. If you have one Senior Dev that is great at React, but like 3-4 mid-level devs, and a handful of junior devs that know Angular ... maybe look at using Angular a little more seriously.

Yes, there are pros and cons to framework decisions, but I honestly see a LOT of teams not even consider whether a specific framework is a good fit.

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Kamaleshwar BN
Head of Engineering at Dibiz Pte. Ltd. · | 10 upvotes · 276.8K views

It was easier to find people who've worked on React than Vue. Angular did not have this problem, but seemed way too bloated compared to React. Angular also brings in restrictions working within their MVC framework. React on the other hand only handles the view/rendering part and rest of the control is left to the developers. React has a very active community, support and has lots of ready-to-use plugins/libraries available.

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José Oberto
Head of Engineering & Development at Chiper · | 14 upvotes · 245.6K views

It is a very versatile library that provides great development speed. Although, with a bad organization, maintaining projects can be a disaster. With a good architecture, this does not happen.

Angular is obviously powerful and robust. I do not rule it out for any future application, in fact with the arrival of micro frontends and cross-functional teams I think it could be useful. However, if I have to build a stack from scratch again, I'm left with react.

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John Clifford de Vera
Software Engineer at CircleYY · | 21 upvotes · 141.4K views

I used React not just because it is more popular than Angular. But the declarative and composition it gives out of the box is fascinating and React.js is just a very small UI library and you can build anything on top of it.

Composing components is the strongest asset of React for me as it can breakdown your application into smaller pieces which makes it easy to reuse and scale.

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Dennis Ziolkowski
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I was first sceptical about using Angular over AngularJS. That's because AngularJS was so easy to integrate in existing websites. But building apps from scratch with Angular is so much easier. Of course, you have to build and boilerplate them first, but after that - you save a ton of time. Also it's very cozy to write code in TypeScript.

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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 19 upvotes · 683.8K views

Our whole Vue.js frontend stack (incl. SSR) consists of the following tools:

  • Nuxt.js consisting of Vue CLI, Vue Router, vuex, Webpack and Sass (Bundler for HTML5, CSS 3), Babel (Transpiler for JavaScript),
  • Vue Styleguidist as our style guide and pool of developed Vue.js components
  • Vuetify as Material Component Framework (for fast app development)
  • TypeScript as programming language
  • Apollo / GraphQL (incl. GraphiQL) for data access layer (https://apollo.vuejs.org/)
  • ESLint, TSLint and Prettier for coding style and code analyzes
  • Jest as testing framework
  • Google Fonts and Font Awesome for typography and icon toolkit
  • NativeScript-Vue for mobile development

The main reason we have chosen Vue.js over React and AngularJS is related to the following artifacts:

  • Empowered HTML. Vue.js has many similar approaches with Angular. This helps to optimize HTML blocks handling with the use of different components.
  • Detailed documentation. Vue.js has very good documentation which can fasten learning curve for developers.
  • Adaptability. It provides a rapid switching period from other frameworks. It has similarities with Angular and React in terms of design and architecture.
  • Awesome integration. Vue.js can be used for both building single-page applications and more difficult web interfaces of apps. Smaller interactive parts can be easily integrated into the existing infrastructure with no negative effect on the entire system.
  • Large scaling. Vue.js can help to develop pretty large reusable templates.
  • Tiny size. Vue.js weights around 20KB keeping its speed and flexibility. It allows reaching much better performance in comparison to other frameworks.
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Julius alvarado

It is a complete waste of time and life to learn a different framework to solve the same problem (Both AngularJS and Angular build A+ UI's, but both require a lot of time to learn). It's dumb to spend 200 hours learning AngularJS, then 200 hours learning Angular when you could spend 200 hours learning AngularJS and 200 hours learning how to solve a different problem (like AI/ML, Data Science, AR/VR, Digital Marketing, etc.)

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Pros of AngularJS
Pros of Backbone.js
  • 887
    Quick to develop
  • 586
    Great mvc
  • 570
    Powerful
  • 521
    Restful
  • 503
    Backed by google
  • 348
    Two-way data binding
  • 343
    Javascript
  • 327
    Open source
  • 305
    Dependency injection
  • 197
    Readable
  • 76
    Fast
  • 64
    Great community
  • 64
    Directives
  • 56
    Free
  • 39
    Extend html vocabulary
  • 30
    Components
  • 26
    Easy to test
  • 25
    Easy to learn
  • 24
    Easy to templates
  • 24
    Great documentation
  • 22
    Easy to start
  • 18
    Light weight
  • 18
    Awesome
  • 15
    Angular 2.0
  • 15
    Javascript mvw framework
  • 14
    Great extensions
  • 14
    Efficient
  • 11
    Easy to prototype with
  • 9
    High performance
  • 9
    Coffeescript
  • 8
    Mvc
  • 8
    Two-way binding
  • 8
    Lots of community modules
  • 7
    Easy to e2e
  • 7
    Clean and keeps code readable
  • 6
    Easy for small applications
  • 6
    One of the best frameworks
  • 5
    Fast development
  • 5
    Works great with jquery
  • 3
    The two-way Data Binding is awesome
  • 3
    Hierarchical Data Structure
  • 3
    Dart
  • 3
    I do not touch DOM
  • 3
    Be a developer, not a plumber.
  • 3
    Declarative programming
  • 3
    Typescript
  • 3
    Community
  • 2
    Opinionated in the right areas
  • 2
    Scopes
  • 2
    Fkin awesome
  • 2
    Supports api , easy development
  • 2
    Common Place
  • 2
    Amazing community support
  • 2
    Great
  • 2
    Very very useful and fast framework for development
  • 2
    Readable code
  • 2
    Programming fun again
  • 2
    Linear learning curve
  • 2
    The powerful of binding, routing and controlling routes
  • 1
    Bot Ionescu
  • 1
    Js
  • 1
    Google.com
  • 1
    Angular js
  • 1
    Httpș//Acoperișul 0757604335
  • 1
    Shvzjn
  • 1
    Acoperișul 0757604335
  • 0
    FrEeE
  • 136
    Javascript structure
  • 102
    Models
  • 98
    Simple
  • 77
    Restful
  • 59
    Easy api
  • 46
    Flexible
  • 45
    Open source
  • 44
    Fast to pick up
  • 34
    Events
  • 25
    JSON
  • 8
    OOP
  • 2
    Lightweight
  • 1
    Easy customizable
  • 1
    Collections

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Cons of AngularJS
Cons of Backbone.js
  • 10
    Complex
  • 3
    Dependency injection
  • 2
    Learning Curve
  • 2
    Event Listener Overload
  • 1
    Hard to learn
  • 1
    Requires underscore.js

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What is AngularJS?

AngularJS lets you write client-side web applications as if you had a smarter browser. It lets you use good old HTML (or HAML, Jade and friends!) as your template language and lets you extend HTML’s syntax to express your application’s components clearly and succinctly. It automatically synchronizes data from your UI (view) with your JavaScript objects (model) through 2-way data binding.

What is Backbone.js?

Backbone supplies structure to JavaScript-heavy applications by providing models key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing application over a RESTful JSON interface.

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