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AngularJS vs Next.js: What are the differences?

Introduction

AngularJS and Next.js are both popular frameworks used in web development. Each framework has its own unique features and advantages. This markdown code will provide a comparison between AngularJS and Next.js, highlighting their key differences.

  1. Architecture: AngularJS is a front-end framework that follows the MVC (Model-View-Controller) architectural pattern, where the application logic is split into three distinct components. Next.js, on the other hand, is a full-stack framework based on React, which follows a component-based architecture.

  2. Rendering: AngularJS performs client-side rendering, where the entire HTML page is generated by the client's browser. Next.js, on the other hand, supports server-side rendering (SSR) by default, which means the HTML is generated on the server and sent to the client.

  3. Routing: AngularJS has its own routing system, where the routes are defined using the built-in $routeProvider. Next.js, on the other hand, has a built-in routing system that simplifies the process of defining and managing routes.

  4. Learning Curve: AngularJS has a steeper learning curve compared to Next.js, as it employs complex concepts like dependency injection, services, and directives. Next.js, being built on top of React, can be easier to learn for developers who are already familiar with React.

  5. Scalability: AngularJS is highly scalable and suitable for building large-scale applications with complex features. Next.js, on the other hand, is more suitable for smaller to medium-sized applications, as it focuses on simplicity and ease of use.

  6. Community and Ecosystem: AngularJS has a large and active community, with a wide range of resources, libraries, and plugins available. Next.js, although newer, has been rapidly gaining popularity and also has a growing community with a variety of resources and plugins.

Summary

In summary, AngularJS and Next.js differ in their architecture, rendering approaches, routing systems, learning curves, scalability, and community ecosystems. Depending on the requirements of the project and the expertise of the developers, choosing between AngularJS and Next.js can greatly impact the development process and the overall success of the application.

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Carolyne Stopa
Full Stack Developer at Contabilizei · | 10 upvotes · 582.3K 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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Peter Schmalfeldt
Senior Software Engineer · | 5 upvotes · 159.9K 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 · 151.4K 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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Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 13 upvotes · 553.2K views

Next.js is probably the most enjoyable React framework our team could have picked. The development is an extremely smooth process, the file structure is beautiful and organized, and the speed is no joke. Our work with Next.js comes out much faster than if it was built on pure React or frameworks alike. We were previously developing all of our projects in Meteor before making the switch. We left Meteor due to the slow compiler and website speed. We deploy all of our Next.js projects on Vercel.

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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 10 upvotes · 635.7K 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 · 552.4K 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 · 419.7K 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
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    Quick to develop
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    Great mvc
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    Powerful
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    Restful
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    Backed by google
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    Two-way data binding
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    Javascript
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    Open source
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    Dependency injection
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    Readable
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    Fast
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    Directives
  • 63
    Great community
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    Free
  • 38
    Extend html vocabulary
  • 29
    Components
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    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
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    Efficient
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    Javascript mvw framework
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    Great extensions
  • 11
    Easy to prototype with
  • 9
    High performance
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    Coffeescript
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    Two-way binding
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    Lots of community modules
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    Mvc
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    Easy to e2e
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    Clean and keeps code readable
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    One of the best frameworks
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    Easy for small applications
  • 5
    Works great with jquery
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    Fast development
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    I do not touch DOM
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    The two-way Data Binding is awesome
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    Hierarchical Data Structure
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    Be a developer, not a plumber.
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    Declarative programming
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    Typescript
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    Dart
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    Community
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    Fkin awesome
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    Opinionated in the right areas
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    Supports api , easy development
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    Common Place
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    Very very useful and fast framework for development
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    Linear learning curve
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    Great
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    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
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    Scopes
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    Consistency with backend architecture if using Nest
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    Fk react, all my homies hate react
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    Automatic server rendering and code splitting
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    Built with React
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    Easy setup
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    TypeScript
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    Universal JavaScript
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    Zero setup
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    Static site generator
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    Simple deployment
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    Just JavaScript
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    Incremental static regeneration
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    Filesystem as an API
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    Frictionless development
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    Everything is a function
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    Well Documented
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    Has many examples and integrations
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    Testing
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    Isomorphic React applications
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    File based routing + hooks built in
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    Deployment
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    SEO

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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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    Structure is weak compared to Angular(2+)

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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 Next.js?

Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

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