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AngularJS: 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; Apache Cordova: Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

AngularJS belongs to "Javascript MVC Frameworks" category of the tech stack, while Apache Cordova can be primarily classified under "Cross-Platform Mobile Development".

"Quick to develop" is the primary reason why developers consider AngularJS over the competitors, whereas "Lots of plugins" was stated as the key factor in picking Apache Cordova.

AngularJS and Apache Cordova are both open source tools. AngularJS with 59.6K GitHub stars and 28.9K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Apache Cordova with 766 GitHub stars and 327 GitHub forks.

Google, Lyft, and Udemy are some of the popular companies that use AngularJS, whereas Apache Cordova is used by Teleport, Hybrid Heroes, and JustWatch. AngularJS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2799 company stacks & 1864 developers stacks; compared to Apache Cordova, which is listed in 96 company stacks and 45 developer stacks.

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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 · 248.6K 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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Chaitanya Chunduri
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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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Kamaleshwar BN
Head of Engineering at Dibiz Pte. Ltd. · | 10 upvotes · 309.6K 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 · 273.7K 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 · 167.1K 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 · | 20 upvotes · 771.1K 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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Jonas Stendahl

React has by far and away been our most important library choice throughout the history of Sellpy. It is a library that offers great flexibility supported by a really strong core. The React team is doing incredible work bringing quality features to the core project and tons of quality third party libraries fill in the gaps.

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Aleksandr Filatov
Contract Software Engineer - Microsoft · | 2 upvotes · 152.6K views

I've done some Hybrid Mobile apps with both technologies Apache Cordova and React Native and described my experience in my blog.

In a few words, I would suggest to use each technology in accordance what what is your current code base and what do you want to achieve.

React Native is a great option if you need that extra edge in performance with multi-threading and native UI rendering. Or you already have a web app based on React which you want to port to mobile.

On the other hand, if you have an existing web application code and you want to reuse some or all, including the ability to use web third-party libraries, then Cordova is the best option.

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Aleksandr Filatov
Contract Software Engineer - Microsoft · | 2 upvotes · 64.7K views
What is Proguard?

ProGuard is the most popular optimizer for Java bytecode. It makes your Java and Android applications up to 90% smaller and up to 20% faster. ProGuard also provides minimal protection against reverse engineering by obfuscating the names of classes, fields and methods.

How to use it in Cordova app?

I didn't find any plugins for it. So I've implemented it by myself and shared it on GitHub.

Feel free to use!

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Manuel Schoebel

When first used Angular, the documentation was horrible and also the construct of Angular super academic and hard to learn (back in 2014). When evaluating React it was way easier getting stated even though its html in js (jsx) approach was very different. After some time we really started to like the co-location and component based model. If you architect well, you will have a component completely in one file including js/html/css.

We solely focus on one technology for frontend development. The reason for that is, that offering customers excellent services we need to be up to date on all developments of the framework but also its community and vast amount of packages. Reading blogs, newsletters, podcasts and so on. You will realistically only be able to be really good at one, so thats for us: React!

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Pros of AngularJS
Pros of Apache Cordova
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    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
  • 75
    Fast
  • 64
    Directives
  • 63
    Great community
  • 56
    Free
  • 38
    Extend html vocabulary
  • 29
    Components
  • 26
    Easy to test
  • 24
    Easy to learn
  • 23
    Easy to templates
  • 23
    Great documentation
  • 21
    Easy to start
  • 17
    Light weight
  • 17
    Awesome
  • 14
    Javascript mvw framework
  • 14
    Angular 2.0
  • 13
    Great extensions
  • 13
    Efficient
  • 10
    Easy to prototype with
  • 8
    Coffeescript
  • 8
    High performance
  • 7
    Lots of community modules
  • 7
    Two-way binding
  • 7
    Mvc
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    Clean and keeps code readable
  • 6
    Easy to e2e
  • 5
    Easy for small applications
  • 5
    One of the best frameworks
  • 4
    Fast development
  • 4
    Works great with jquery
  • 2
    The two-way Data Binding is awesome
  • 2
    Typescript
  • 2
    Dart
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    I do not touch DOM
  • 2
    Hierarchical Data Structure
  • 2
    Be a developer, not a plumber.
  • 2
    Declarative programming
  • 2
    Community
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    Amazing community support
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    Acoperișul
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    Fkin awesome
  • 1
    Opinionated in the right areas
  • 1
    Supports api , easy development
  • 1
    Common Place
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    Great
  • 1
    Very very useful and fast framework for development
  • 1
    Readable code
  • 1
    Linear learning curve
  • 1
    Scopes
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    Programming fun again
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    The powerful of binding, routing and controlling routes
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    Acoperișul 0757604335
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    Httpș//Acoperișul 0757604335
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    Shvzjn
  • 0
    Oautho loc
  • 0
    Js
  • 0
    Angular js
  • 0
    Bot Ionescu
  • 0
    Google.com
  • 41
    Lots of plugins
  • 34
    JavaScript
  • 26
    Great community
  • 23
    Easy Development
  • 18
    Easy to learn
  • 15
    Cross platform
  • 7
    Open Source
  • 6
    Easy, fast, not buggy in my experience with my code
  • 6
    Lots of descendants; PhoneGap, Ionic, Intel XDA etc
  • 4
    Can use CSS3
  • 4
    Rich HTML 5
  • 3
    Fast and hot reload
  • 3
    HTML, CSS and JS
  • 3
    Easy debugging
  • 3
    Use what you code in your browser
  • 3
    Rich css ui
  • 2
    One code base everywhere
  • 2
    Without extra tooling needed
  • 2
    Native Web Technologies
  • 2
    Need a light system

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Cons of AngularJS
Cons of Apache Cordova
  • 10
    Complex
  • 3
    Dependency injection
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    Learning Curve
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    Event Listener Overload
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    Hard to learn
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    No native performance
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    Hard to install
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    Hard to install

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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 Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

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