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AngularJS vs Ember.js: What are the differences?

  1. Key difference 1: Architecture and design philosophy - AngularJS follows a component-based architecture and emphasizes two-way data binding, where changes in the model are reflected in the view and vice versa. On the other hand, Ember.js follows a convention-over-configuration approach and focuses on convention-driven workflows that allow for rapid application development.

  2. Key difference 2: Learning curve - AngularJS has a relatively steeper learning curve due to its extensive API and complex concepts such as directives, services, and dependency injection. In contrast, Ember.js provides a more opinionated framework with clear conventions, making it easier for developers to get started with.

  3. Key difference 3: Community and ecosystem - AngularJS has a larger community and a vast ecosystem of libraries and plugins, which can be both an advantage and a drawback. Ember.js, although having a smaller community, fosters a more collaborative environment with a focus on stability and long-term support.

  4. Key difference 4: Routing - AngularJS uses a client-side routing approach, where the routing is handled by the browser. It allows for deep linking, lazy loading, and easy navigation between different views. Ember.js, on the other hand, uses a convention-based approach to routing, simplifying the routing configuration and providing automatic URL updates.

  5. Key difference 5: Testing capabilities - AngularJS comes with built-in testing utilities that make it easier to write unit tests for components, services, and directives. It also provides tools for end-to-end testing. Ember.js, on the other hand, has a more integrated testing framework with a focus on acceptance testing and behavior-driven development.

  6. Key difference 6: Development workflow - AngularJS provides a more flexible development workflow with support for both imperative and declarative programming styles. Developers can choose between different approaches based on their preferences and project requirements. Ember.js, on the other hand, promotes a declarative programming style and enforces strict conventions, providing a more streamlined and structured development workflow.

In Summary, AngularJS and Ember.js differ in their architecture and design philosophy, learning curve, community and ecosystem, routing approaches, testing capabilities, and development workflows.

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I love Node.js and MongoDB (A database that goes well with Node). I will use it for embedded systems and backends for web apps. I have questions for frontend JS:

  1. Which front end JavaScript framework is good for web apps

  2. Which front end JS framework is good for PWAs(progressive web apps)

Backstory: I experimented with Javascript. Built lots of things with it. I want to organize my Javascript toolset by seeing which tool is useful when(e.g. use Angular for enterprise, use Vanilla for fun, etc.)

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I have a view that Angular js changed its design patterns too frequently and messed up while trying to be too obsessive. Vue 3 is simple powerful, high performance and brings the composition API that also brings overall simplicity. It can be done using pure JavaScript and in my view that's a plus point in development, if you are experienced developer and avoid type mistakes etc..

Most other frontend frameworks support Vue. For e.g. Ionic..

The server side rendering can bring magic of SEO friendly sites while being single page application.

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I've been using AngularJS and Vue.js extensively and can recommend AngularJS in a more enterprise environment and Vue.js for personal projects. AngularJS has, in my humble opinion, a lot of boilerplate code, which is useful keeping things organised in a team setup. Vue.js has a more minimalistic approach.

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Moslem Hadi
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Defenetly don't use AngularJs. It ended on Dec 2021!! between React and Vue, well Vue is much easier to learn an use. But I prefer react. React has a bigger community and alot of jobs. If you are new to JavaScript, and have time, I'd say start with Vue.

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Tore Ingolf Christoffersen

I would recommend trying out all three products on a test case involving a database or a dummy rest interface, to get some first hand experience with the technologies and the differences between them. You’ll find my step by step instructions here: https://starters.toreingolf.net

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What is the best MVC stack to build mobile-friendly, light-weight, and fast single-page application with Spring Boot as back-end (Java)? Is Bootstrap still required to front-end layer these days?

The idea is to host on-premise initially with the potential to move to the cloud. Which combo would have minimal developer ramp-up time and low long-term maintenance costs (BAU support)?

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Carolyne Stopa
Full Stack Developer at Contabilizei · | 10 upvotes · 575.4K views
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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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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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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 Ember.js
Jayson Pamittan
Software Engineer - Level III at Arch Global Services · | 13 upvotes · 85.7K views

Laravel is so very friendly in coding in backend and has a good documentation and easy to understand. It's also easy and rapid to create application on this framework. The community is also big where you can get a lot of other solutions from other developers. Same as well in Vue Js, its lightweight and very fast to compile and load. The coding is very well structured and clean. PHP has now also the features of strict type rules and Vue Js too since it's now support Typescript.

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Francesco Boffa

We are heavy Rails users. As such, whenever possible, we try to use plain javascript, HTML views, and tons of partials.

However, our menu interface required high levels of interactivity, tons of moving parts and a complex state.

There is absolutely no way we could have built what we have without a good UI framework.

I had worked with an old version of Angular and I still get shivers any time I recall that jig. Ultimately we preferred React over Vue, Preact and any other framework for a simple reason: maintenance.

Being backed by a mega corporation like Facebook, we know that problems will be fixed, performances will keep improving and that while best practices will shift, our codebase will ultimately benefit from that change.

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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

Have you ever stuck with the question that which one is the best front-end framework for you?

With continuous web development progress, the trends of the latest front-end technologies are also continuously changing with more and more sophisticated web features. These top front-end frameworks and libraries have made your complex web tasks more flexible and efficient.

Check out top front end frameworks and their features at https://www.nmtechedge.com/2020/09/24/top-4-trending-front-end-frameworks-2020/

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Peter Schmalfeldt
Senior Software Engineer · | 5 upvotes · 157.9K 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 · 149.4K 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
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 10 upvotes · 629K 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 · 546.5K 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 · 414.3K 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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Pros of AngularJS
Pros of Ember.js
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    Quick to develop
  • 589
    Great mvc
  • 573
    Powerful
  • 520
    Restful
  • 505
    Backed by google
  • 349
    Two-way data binding
  • 343
    Javascript
  • 329
    Open source
  • 307
    Dependency injection
  • 197
    Readable
  • 75
    Fast
  • 65
    Directives
  • 63
    Great community
  • 57
    Free
  • 38
    Extend html vocabulary
  • 29
    Components
  • 26
    Easy to test
  • 25
    Easy to learn
  • 24
    Easy to templates
  • 23
    Great documentation
  • 21
    Easy to start
  • 19
    Awesome
  • 18
    Light weight
  • 15
    Angular 2.0
  • 14
    Efficient
  • 14
    Javascript mvw framework
  • 14
    Great extensions
  • 11
    Easy to prototype with
  • 9
    High performance
  • 9
    Coffeescript
  • 8
    Two-way binding
  • 8
    Lots of community modules
  • 8
    Mvc
  • 7
    Easy to e2e
  • 7
    Clean and keeps code readable
  • 6
    One of the best frameworks
  • 6
    Easy for small applications
  • 5
    Works great with jquery
  • 5
    Fast development
  • 4
    I do not touch DOM
  • 4
    The two-way Data Binding is awesome
  • 3
    Hierarchical Data Structure
  • 3
    Be a developer, not a plumber.
  • 3
    Declarative programming
  • 3
    Typescript
  • 3
    Dart
  • 3
    Community
  • 2
    Fkin awesome
  • 2
    Opinionated in the right areas
  • 2
    Supports api , easy development
  • 2
    Common Place
  • 2
    Very very useful and fast framework for development
  • 2
    Linear learning curve
  • 2
    Great
  • 2
    Amazing community support
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    Readable code
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    Programming fun again
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    The powerful of binding, routing and controlling routes
  • 2
    Scopes
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    Consistency with backend architecture if using Nest
  • 1
    Fk react, all my homies hate react
  • 126
    Elegant
  • 97
    Quick to develop
  • 83
    Great mvc
  • 82
    Great community
  • 73
    Great router
  • 52
    Values conventions, there is one-true way to organize
  • 50
    Open source
  • 44
    Components
  • 34
    Mvc framework
  • 28
    Handlebars.js
  • 13
    Htmlbars
  • 11
    Yehuda katz
  • 10
    Tom dale
  • 10
    Great logo
  • 6
    It's NOT Google or Facebook
  • 5
    manages large data sets on the front end easily
  • 5
    Convention over Configuration
  • 5
    Glimmer: react-like rendering engine
  • 4
    Organized
  • 4
    Fast
  • 4
    Enterprise
  • 4
    Intelligent
  • 4
    It rocks
  • 3
    Good docs
  • 3
    Fastest spinning circles
  • 3
    IE8 support
  • 2
    Easy and Quick to develop
  • 2
    Documentation is finally active and updated
  • 1
    Flexibility
  • 1
    Business wins
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    Comprehensive
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    Great for big apps/many devs because its organized
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    Growing community
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    For building ambitious Web apps
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    Dependency Injection
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    Stability without stagnation

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Cons of AngularJS
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    Complex
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    Event Listener Overload
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    Dependency injection
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    Hard to learn
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    Learning Curve
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    Very little flexibility
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    Too much convention, too little configuration
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    Hard to integrate with Non Ruby apps
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    Hard to use if your API isn't RESTful

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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 Ember.js?

A JavaScript framework that does all of the heavy lifting that you'd normally have to do by hand. There are tasks that are common to every web app; It does those things for you, so you can focus on building killer features and UI.

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