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AngularJS vs JavaScript: 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, JavaScript is detailed as "Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions". JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.

AngularJS can be classified as a tool in the "Javascript MVC Frameworks" category, while JavaScript is grouped under "Languages".

"Quick to develop", "Great mvc" and "Powerful" are the key factors why developers consider AngularJS; whereas "Can be used on frontend/backend", "It's everywhere" and "Lots of great frameworks" are the primary reasons why JavaScript is favored.

AngularJS is an open source tool with 59.6K GitHub stars and 28.9K GitHub forks. Here's a link to AngularJS's open source repository on GitHub.

Airbnb, Instagram, and reddit are some of the popular companies that use JavaScript, whereas AngularJS is used by Google, Lyft, and Udemy. JavaScript has a broader approval, being mentioned in 5086 company stacks & 6486 developers stacks; compared to AngularJS, which is listed in 2799 company stacks and 1864 developer stacks.

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Rust
Python
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JavaScript

So, I've been working with all 3 languages JavaScript, Python and Rust, I know that all of these languages are important in their own domain but, I haven't took any of it to the point where i could say I'm a pro at any of these languages. I learned JS and Python out of my own excitement, I learned rust for some IoT based projects. just confused which one i should invest my time in first... that does have Job and freelance potential in market as well...

I am an undergraduate in computer science. (3rd Year)

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JavaScript

I would start focusing on Javascript because even working with Rust and Python, you're always going to encounter some Javascript for front-ends at least. It has: - more freelancing opportunities (starting to work short after a virus/crisis, that's gonna help) - can also do back-end if needed (I would personally avoid specializing in this since there's better languages for the back-end part) - hard to avoid. it's everywhere and not going away (well not yet)

Then, later, for back-end programming languages, Rust seems like your best bet. Its pros: - it's satisfying to work with (after the learning curve) - it's got potential to grow big in the next year (also with better paying jobs) - it's super versatile (you can do high-perf system stuff, graphics, ffi, as well as your classic api server) It comes with a few cons though: - it's harder to learn (expect to put in years) - the freelancing options are virtually non-existent (and I would expect them to stay limited, as rust is better for long-term software than prototypes)

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JavaScript

I suggest you to go with JavaScript. From my perspective JavaScript is the language you should invest your time in. The community of javascript and lots of framework helps developer to build what they want to build in no time whether it a desktop, web, mobile based application or even you can use javascript as a backend as well. There are lot of frameworks you can start learning i suggest you to go with (react,vue) library both are easy to learn than angular which is a complete framework.

And if you want to go with python as a secondary tool then i suggest you to learn a python framework (Flask,Django).

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Moinul Moin
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JavaScript

go for javascript, brother.

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Django
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Dart

I am currently learning web development with Python and JavaScript course by CS50 Harvard university. It covers python, Flask, Django, SQL, Travis CI, javascript,HTML ,CSS and more. I am very interested in Flutter app development. Can I know what is the difference between learning these above-mentioned frameworks vs learning flutter directly? I am planning to learn flutter so that I can do both web development and app development. Are there any perks of learning these frameworks before flutter?

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Node.js

Hey Muhamed, For web development, you'll have to learn how to write backend APIs and how to build UI for browsers, apps, etc. If you're just starting off with programming, I'd suggest you stick to one language and trying developing everything using it to cut the unnecessary learning overhead. Although Python and JavaScript are very similar for beginners, JavaScript is the only available option for both frontend and backend development for a web application. You can start working with Node.js for your API development and Vanilla JS along with HTML/CSS for UI. You'll only need to learn one language to do all of this. Hope this helps.

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Dennis Barzanoff
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Dart

Flutter is good for everything and it is getting better as I am speaking. Flutter Web is almost ready for production and I have made 2 complex working websites already.

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Yohnathan Carletti
Senior Technical Product Manager · | 3 upvotes · 84.6K views
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Dart

From a management and hiring perspective, I recommend Flutter (Dart). It provides native solutions to both mobile platform ( (Android and IOS) while having the same knowledge. Hiring managers look at this as an advantage since a developer can provide solutions for both platforms whit the same knowledge. The Flutter framework is growing and there is a lot of resources to ground your knowledge and start experimenting. Dart is also a great language that covers most E2E necessities, so again, no further need of learning one language for FE and another for BE and services. It is my belief that Dart will surpass Kotlin soon, and will leverage to Python and Java in the upcoming year.

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Dart

Well. Flutter is just a Framework (just like Django btw.) and it uses Dart as a programming language. Django is kind of solving a different problem than Dart. Dart is intened for use in Front End Applications and Django is a Framework for Back-End Web Development.

So if you want to program Flutter Apps (although i wouldn't recommend it for any serious web development yet since Flutter web isn't very mature yet) i would recommend you just lern Dart.

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Dart

If you are interested in Flutter, learn it on your own time, parallel to the course. No matter what order you do them, eventually you will end up learning them all anyway ;-)

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Vue.js
React
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AngularJS

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 · 182K 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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Python
JavaScript
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Go

We are converting AWS Lambdas from Java due to excessive cold start times. Usage: These lambdas handle XML and JSON payloads, they use s3, API Gateway, RDS, DynamoDB, and external API's. Most of our developers are only experienced in java. These three languages (Go, Node.js, and Python) were discussed, but no consensus has been reached yet.

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Jordan Gregory
Sr. Software Engineer at Granular · | 4 upvotes · 94.5K views
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Go

I've worked with all three of these languages and also with Java developers converting to these languages and far and away Go is the easier one to convert to. With the improved cold-start times and the ease of conversion for a Java developer, it is a no-brainer for me.

The hardest part of the conversion though is going to be the lack of traditional Classes so you have to be mindful of that, but Go Structs and interfaces tend to make up for what is lost there.

Full Disclosure: I'm a 95% Go convert (from Python) at this point in time.

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Ahmet Yildirim
Software Engineering Consultant at UXCraft Sweden AB · | 3 upvotes · 94.5K views
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Go

Although I am primarily a Javascript developer myself, I used Go to build AWS lambda in a similar scenario to yours. AWS libraries felt better integrated on the Go side, I believe due to the language itself (e.g. how JSON objects are handled in go). Besides that performance of Go is much superior. But on the cons side; community is far smaller around Go, compared to Javascript. That is easy notice if you look at repos of community-maintained libraries for Go. That can feel a bit unreliable.

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Jason Scheirer
Senior Software Engineer at EasyPost · | 2 upvotes · 94.2K views
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Go

Go would provide the easiest transition for Java programmers -- its IDE/tooling is second to none (just install Goland) and the deploy/distribution story is extremely clean and lends itself to work well in lambda: single, static binaries with quick startup. No need to set up a full environment or package dependencies on your lambda AMIs, just copy a file.

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Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 1 upvotes · 94.2K views

If you want to prioritise language familiarity, JavaScript is more like Java than the other choices; and it can be optimised to run very fast. However if you need really fast cold-start times, you can't beat Go since it's compiled. There are other things to consider, such as the massive amount of community packages and help/documentation in the JavaScript ecosystem. Go is newer but seems to be quite popular if you need something that runs fast in a single binary.

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Paul Whittemore
Developer and Owner at Appurist Software · | 1 upvotes · 94.2K views
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Go

I was initially going to suggest JavaScript due to the smaller size needs of AWS Lambdas code and the larger range of libraries and community available (and to avoid Python for this). But I have to agree with the recommendations and rationale of @ayildirim above and I think you should choose any reasonable language that is low-overhead, fast startup, and best supported by AWS Lambda, and that is probably Go. I don't think you are likely to go wrong with that, while you can potentially with the others.

So I'd agree, on the strength of AWS Lambda support and the solid performance of Go, it seems like your best choice here for Lambdas (and I'm going to need to consider that myself going forward... pardon the pun).

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Decisions about AngularJS and JavaScript
Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 8 upvotes · 99.5K views

JavaScript is at the forefront of our entire development approach. Not only do we use different JavaScript frameworks and management tools, but we also use pure vanilla JavaScript to solve simple problems throughout all of our client's builds. JavaScript is a general purpose programming language that can be blazing fast and fun to work with. There's not one project we are working on that doesn't involve it.

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William Artero
Senior Platform Engineer at ABN AMRO · | 6 upvotes · 122.3K views

Telegram Messenger has frameworks for most known languages, which makes easier for anyone to integrate with them. I started with Golang and soon found that those frameworks are not up to date, not to mention my experience testing on Golang is also mixed due to how their testing tool works. The natural runner-up was JS, which I'm ditching in favor of TS to make a strongly typed code, proper tests and documentation for broader usage. TypeScript allows fast prototyping and can prevent problems during code phase, given that your IDE of choice has support for a language server, and build phase. Pairing it with lint tools also allows honing code before it even hits the repositories.

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Kamaleshwar BN
Head of Engineering at Dibiz Pte. Ltd. · | 10 upvotes · 244.3K 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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Andrew Carpenter
Chief Software Architect at Xelex Digital, LLC · | 16 upvotes · 164K views

In 2015 as Xelex Digital was paving a new technology path, moving from ASP.NET web services and web applications, we knew that we wanted to move to a more modular decoupled base of applications centered around REST APIs.

To that end we spent several months studying API design patterns and decided to use our own adaptation of CRUD, specifically a SCRUD pattern that elevates query params to a more central role via the Search action.

Once we nailed down the API design pattern it was time to decide what language(s) our new APIs would be built upon. Our team has always been driven by the right tool for the job rather than what we know best. That said, in balancing practicality we chose to focus on 3 options that our team had deep experience with and knew the pros and cons of.

For us it came down to C#, JavaScript, and Ruby. At the time we owned our infrastructure, racks in cages, that were all loaded with Windows. We were also at a point that we were using that infrastructure to it's fullest and could not afford additional servers running Linux. That's a long way of saying we decided against Ruby as it doesn't play nice on Windows.

That left us with two options. We went a very unconventional route for deciding between the two. We built MVP APIs on both. The interfaces were identical and interchangeable. What we found was easily quantifiable differences.

We were able to iterate on our Node based APIs much more rapidly than we were our C# APIs. For us this was owed to the community coupled with the extremely dynamic nature of JS. There were tradeoffs we considered, latency was (acceptably) higher on requests to our Node APIs. No strong types to protect us from ourselves, but we've rarely found that to be an issue.

As such we decided to commit resources to our Node APIs and push it out as the core brain of our new system. We haven't looked back since. It has consistently met our needs, scaling with us, getting better with time as continually pour into and expand our capabilities.

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José Oberto
Head of Engineering & Development at Chiper · | 14 upvotes · 217.9K 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 · 116.1K 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
Migrated
from
AngularJS
to
Angular 2

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 · 615.2K 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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Pros of AngularJS
Pros of JavaScript
  • 886
    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
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    Bot Ionescu
  • 1
    Js
  • 1
    Google.com
  • 1
    Angular js
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    Httpș//Acoperișul 0757604335
  • 1
    Shvzjn
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    Acoperișul 0757604335
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    FrEeE
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    Can be used on frontend/backend
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    It's everywhere
  • 1.1K
    Lots of great frameworks
  • 885
    Fast
  • 734
    Light weight
  • 412
    Flexible
  • 379
    You can't get a device today that doesn't run js
  • 281
    Non-blocking i/o
  • 231
    Ubiquitousness
  • 186
    Expressive
  • 49
    Extended functionality to web pages
  • 42
    Relatively easy language
  • 40
    Executed on the client side
  • 24
    Relatively fast to the end user
  • 20
    Pure Javascript
  • 15
    Functional programming
  • 9
    Async
  • 7
    Setup is easy
  • 6
    Because I love functions
  • 6
    JavaScript is the New PHP
  • 6
    Full-stack
  • 5
    Future Language of The Web
  • 5
    Expansive community
  • 5
    Its everywhere
  • 5
    Can be used in backend, frontend and DB
  • 5
    Like it or not, JS is part of the web standard
  • 4
    Everyone use it
  • 4
    Agile, packages simple to use
  • 4
    Supports lambdas and closures
  • 4
    Popularized Class-Less Architecture & Lambdas
  • 4
    Evolution of C
  • 4
    For the good parts
  • 4
    Easy to hire developers
  • 4
    Love-hate relationship
  • 3
    Because it is so simple and lightweight
  • 3
    Only Programming language on browser
  • 3
    Nice
  • 3
    Easy to make something
  • 3
    Promise relationship
  • 3
    Scope manipulation
  • 3
    Hard not to use
  • 3
    Client processing
  • 3
    It's fun
  • 3
    Everywhere
  • 3
    Function expressions are useful for callbacks
  • 3
    Can be used on frontend/backend/Mobile/create PRO Ui
  • 3
    What to add
  • 3
    1.6K Can be used on frontend/backend
  • 3
    Can be used both as frontend and backend as well
  • 3
    Easy
  • 3
    Clojurescript
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    Stockholm Syndrome
  • 3
    It let's me use Babel & Typescript
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    Client side JS uses the visitors CPU to save Server Res
  • 3
    Its fun and fast
  • 3
    Powerful
  • 3
    Most Popular Language in the World
  • 3
    Versitile
  • 3
    No need to use PHP
  • 3
    Photoshop has 3 JS runtimes built in
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    Acoperișul 0757604335
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Cons of AngularJS
Cons of JavaScript
  • 10
    Complex
  • 3
    Dependency injection
  • 2
    Learning Curve
  • 2
    Event Listener Overload
  • 1
    Hard to learn
  • 21
    A constant moving target, too much churn
  • 20
    Horribly inconsistent
  • 14
    Javascript is the New PHP
  • 8
    No ability to monitor memory utilitization
  • 6
    Shows Zero output in case of ANY error
  • 5
    Can be ugly
  • 4
    Thinks strange results are better than errors
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    No GitHub
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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 JavaScript?

JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.

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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.
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