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Measuring the ebb and flow

React steadily grows, while Angular maintains enterprise hold

Sarah Schlothauer
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We often take a look at React versus Angular: Which one is more popular, which one is growing, what are the benefits or weaknesses of each? The latest report from CloudAcademy unveils some data and trends about users of these two popular tools.

CloudAcademy published a report exploring the current trends, and rivalry, revolving Angular and React. “Angular vs React Industry Trends: February 2019 Data Report” explores the happenings in these JavaScript tools, their users, and where they are most popular.

We are constantly exploring Angular and React in relation to each other, which is more used, which is growing, and what each offers. What does the ecosystem look like right now?

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According to the study, Angular is more popular than React when it comes to corporate usage. It “was mentioned 59% of the time and React was mentioned 37% of the time” in listings for full-stack developer job posts. (A tiny, get not too tiny to ignore, 4% of full-stack developer job posts mentioned Vue.js. Let’s keep our eye on that!)

Who’s hiring? According to the data: “Larger companies are recruiting for Angular and smaller companies are recruiting for React”.

Meanwhile, older and more established companies tend to swing in favor of Angular.

React climbs steadily

Let’s move onto Facebook’s React.

Despite the fact that Angular is more common in the enterprise, developers maintain their love for React. React continues to place highly on StackOverflow’s end of the year surveys in which developers pick their favorite tools. In 2017, it was the #1 Most Loved Framework, and in 2018 it was the #2 Most Loved Framework. (Make your predictions for 2019. Personally, I think it will be in the top five but will not take the number one or number two spot. Time will tell if this prediction is right!)

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So, why then is Angular more popular when it comes to the enterprise? One of the reasons might be its age advantage. However, there is reason to believe that React will soon bring more competition in this field as well. In 2017 it switched over to the MIT license, away from its previous custom license. This was good news for open source and will most likely continue to help React grow.

Concluding thoughts

Of course, one can also criticize the constant pitting off Angular and React as being purely rivals. We don’t have to choose one over the other. Instead, we can look at the strengths and weaknesses of each and pick and choose for different use cases. One’s popularity should not mean another’s fall.

While it’s common to call React a framework, it is, of course, a JavaScript library. Angular offers more “out of the box” functions in relation to React, since it is a full framework.

This also means that React is more flexible and gives developers more freedom. Arguably, the learning curve is lower than Angular. There is no one right answer on which to choose since it is incredibly dependent on you personally.

We look forward to the next data report from Cloud Academy. Watching the trends of these frameworks ebb and flow is incredibly interesting. Download the Feb 2019 report for yourself and take a look at the research.

But we also want to hear what you have to say on the subject. Participate in our poll below and let us know what you think.

What are your predictions for the future? Will React grow further in the enterprise, or is that solely the domain of Angular?

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Sarah Schlothauer is an assistant editor for JAXenter.com. She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University and is currently enrolled at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany where she is working on her Masters. She lives in Frankfurt with her husband and cat.

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