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Angular 2 vs Aurelia: What are the differences?

Developers describe Angular 2 as "One framework. Mobile & desktop". Angular is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications. On the other hand, Aurelia is detailed as "Next gen JS framework written with ES6 and ES7. Integrates with Web Components. No external dependencies except polyfills". Aurelia is a next generation JavaScript client framework that leverages simple conventions to empower your creativity.

Angular 2 and Aurelia can be categorized as "Javascript MVC Frameworks" tools.

"It's a powerful framework" is the primary reason why developers consider Angular 2 over the competitors, whereas "Simple with conventions" was stated as the key factor in picking Aurelia.

Angular 2 and Aurelia are both open source tools. It seems that Angular 2 with 49.5K GitHub stars and 13.5K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Aurelia with 11.1K GitHub stars and 665 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Angular 2 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 259 company stacks & 237 developers stacks; compared to Aurelia, which is listed in 17 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

What is Angular 2?

It is a TypeScript-based open-source web application framework. It is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.

What is Aurelia?

Aurelia is a next generation JavaScript client framework that leverages simple conventions to empower your creativity.
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    What are some alternatives to Angular 2 and Aurelia?
    React
    Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
    Polymer
    Polymer is a new type of library for the web, designed to leverage the existing browser infrastructure to provide the encapsulation and extendability currently only available in JS libraries. Polymer is based on a set of future technologies, including Shadow DOM, Custom Elements and Model Driven Views. Currently these technologies are implemented as polyfills or shims, but as browsers adopt these features natively, the platform code that drives Polymer evacipates, leaving only the value-adds.
    Vue.js
    It is a library for building interactive web interfaces. It provides data-reactive components with a simple and flexible API.
    Meteor
    A Meteor application is a mix of JavaScript that runs inside a client web browser, JavaScript that runs on the Meteor server inside a Node.js container, and all the supporting HTML fragments, CSS rules, and static assets.
    KnockoutJS
    Knockout is a JavaScript MVVM (a modern variant of MVC) library that makes it easier to create rich, desktop-like user interfaces with JavaScript and HTML. It uses observers to make your UI automatically stay in sync with an underlying data model, along with a powerful and extensible set of declarative bindings to enable productive development.
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    Decisions about Angular 2 and Aurelia
    Arik Fraimovich
    Arik Fraimovich
    AngularJS
    AngularJS
    Angular 2
    Angular 2
    React
    React
    Vue.js
    Vue.js

    When Redash was created 5 years ago we chose AngularJS as our frontend framework, but as AngularJS was replaced by Angular 2 we had to make a new choice. We decided that we won't migrate to Angular, but to either React or Vue.js. Eventually we decided to migrate to React for the following reasons:

    1. Many in our community are already using React internally and will be able to contribute.
    2. Using react2angular we can do the migration gradually over time instead of having to invest in a big rewrite while halting feature development.

    So far the gradual strategy pays off and in the last 3 major releases we already shipped React code in the Angular.js application.

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    Adam Rabinovitch
    Adam Rabinovitch
    Global Technical Recruiting Lead & Engineering Evangelist at Beamery | 5 upvotes 99.5K views
    atBeameryBeamery
    AngularJS
    AngularJS
    React
    React
    Angular 2
    Angular 2
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    Aurelia
    Aurelia
    Polymer
    Polymer
    #Hiring

    At Beamery we had a large, AngularJS app, built over several years. Our clients were happy, but we were not. We had several problems: Building new features was slow. AngularJS doesn鈥檛 scale nicely. Features clash with each other. Isolation doesn鈥檛 come as standard, you have to work hard to keep features separate. It takes time to get it right. #Hiring was hard, for all the reasons listed above. The app was slower than it needed to be because AngularJS was never built for speed. We wanted to render half a million contacts, and Angular was fighting us all the way.

    As time went by it become harder to find developers who would willingly choose AngularJS over React Angular 2 , Vue.js , Aurelia or Polymer .

    So we faced a choice. We could throw it all away and start again, we could upgrade to Angular 5, or the awesome option - we could use micro frontends. We chose the awesome option.

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    Heroku
    Heroku
    Netlify
    Netlify
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    Angular 2
    Angular 2
    React
    React
    ExpressJS
    ExpressJS
    vuex
    vuex
    Puppeteer
    Puppeteer
    ASP.NET
    ASP.NET
    #Heroku
    #Seo

    I found Heroku to be a great option to get ExpressJS up and running with very little hustle. The free tier is great, but I'd recommend to set up a cronjob to visit your site every few minutes so that the server stays awake. Netlify was the option to host the front-end because doing the server side rendering on #Heroku would have taken a little more time than I'd like to. For the moment pre-rendering the app with prerender-spa-plugin is enough to help with #seo. Puppeteer was my choice over other options because it made it easier to scrape websites made on ASP.NET which is what I needed in this case. And Vue.js is my top choice at the moment because it's really beginner friendly and it has a lot of the features I like about Angular 2 and React. vuex is a must in most of the app I build.

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    Buzz Zhang
    Buzz Zhang
    CTO at Qiban | 5 upvotes 2.8K views
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    Angular 2
    Angular 2
    React
    React

    For those who want to develop business in China, Vue.js would be your first choice. I never thought Vue.js is better than Angular 2 or React , but for project language choosing, sometimes you should not only consider technology advance, but also must consider human resource market.

    In China, there are far more engineers familiar with Vue.js than React and Angular, that means you can easily hire some front end engineers with much cheaper price. The reason why Vue.js is so popular in China is just because the community, as Vue.js author You Yuxi is Chinese, the community around Vue.js is mainly in Chinese language and most engineers speaks Mandarin, thus they can get questions and problems solved at first time.

    From technical side, Vue.js is more like a simplified Angular, syntax are mostly same, ng-if became v-if, ng-for became v-for. The most convenience part is Vue.js put html+js+css in one single vue file so that you will not have to create a separate folder to include 3 files as Angular does.

    To be frankly, I love Vue.js especially when I need to quickly create a small project contains only 1 or 2 pages even 5 pages, Vue.js would be the best choice, it's small and fast. For a really big and huge project, I will consider Angular, after all, there are far more complicated and interesting plugins to play with, Angular need more time, more code, more complex, but we senior engineer is living for some sophisticated code which only we can understand and set barriers for other beginners, right?

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    Rory Womack
    Rory Womack
    Software Engineer at Relatient | 3 upvotes 2K views
    Angular 2
    Angular 2
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    React
    React

    I recommend using Angular 2 when moving from Angular 1 if you are looking for a fully featured framework solution. Neither Vue.js nor React just work out of the box and require creating your own components from scratch as well as the kind of support architecture available in Angular 2 out of the box. However if you are looking for something lightweight to add reusable components to an existing application Vue.js and React are more ideal to that end.

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    Reviews of Angular 2 and Aurelia
    Avatar of qeifar
    BSc. Intelligent System Engineering at Lenduformatika
    Review ofAureliaAurelia

    The only one framework for me that capable to beat laravel nowadays. But for me both were awesome! Anyone had tried integrating this both framework?

    How developers use Angular 2 and Aurelia
    Avatar of CloudRepo
    CloudRepo uses Angular 2Angular 2

    The Angular 2 CLI is great, it's easy to get up and running with a project.

    The really great thing about Angular 2 is it allows us to work with designers by augmenting their artifacts (html pages) with Angular directives. This allows our designs to go back and forth between designers and engineers without having to learn a new markup language (like JSX).

    Avatar of Andrew Miller
    Andrew Miller uses Angular 2Angular 2

    Angular 2 is a great framework for C# developers. Deeply rooted in OOP & MVC principles and full integration with TypeScript. My go-to for client-side dev now...

    Avatar of Pascal Malbranche
    Pascal Malbranche uses Angular 2Angular 2

    Angular 2 is a beautiful and fast MVC Framework. We are using it for mobile, web and desktop development.

    Avatar of Giovanni Candido da Silva
    Giovanni Candido da Silva uses AureliaAurelia

    Provides all services need to create modern Single Page Apps. The user interface is build on top of that

    Avatar of fileee GmbH
    fileee GmbH uses AureliaAurelia

    Our main web application is built on Aurelia and GWT.

    Avatar of Daniel Kovacs
    Daniel Kovacs uses Angular 2Angular 2

    Webapp frontend development in enterprise projects.

    Avatar of Juli毛n Hanssens
    Juli毛n Hanssens uses AureliaAurelia

    Currently my frontend (SPA) framework of choice.

    Avatar of Harba
    Harba uses Angular 2Angular 2

    Frontend for administrative dashboard.

    Avatar of Jacobsen og Svart
    Jacobsen og Svart uses AureliaAurelia

    Frontend framework

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