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AngularJS vs Spring: What are the differences?

Key Differences Between AngularJS and Spring

AngularJS and Spring are two popular frameworks used for web development. While AngularJS is a front-end framework based on JavaScript, Spring is a back-end framework based on Java. There are several key differences between these two frameworks that developers should be aware of.

  1. Architecture: AngularJS follows a client-side architecture, where the majority of the application logic is executed on the client's browser. On the other hand, Spring follows a server-side architecture, where the application logic is executed on the server.

  2. Language: AngularJS is based on JavaScript, which is a dynamic programming language. Spring, on the other hand, is based on Java, which is a statically typed programming language. This means that AngularJS allows for more flexibility in terms of dynamic code execution, while Spring provides better type safety and performance optimizations.

  3. Dependency Injection: AngularJS has built-in support for dependency injection, allowing developers to easily manage dependencies between different components of an application. Spring also supports dependency injection, but its implementation is more extensive and provides a wider range of features, such as autowiring and bean scopes.

  4. Front-end vs Back-end: AngularJS is primarily focused on front-end development, providing features such as data binding, form validation, and component-based architecture. Spring, on the other hand, is a full-stack framework that is primarily used for back-end development, providing features such as ORM (Object-Relational Mapping), database integration, and security.

  5. Community and Ecosystem: AngularJS has a larger and more active community compared to Spring. This means that there are more resources, tutorials, and third-party libraries available for AngularJS. Spring, however, has a more mature ecosystem with a wide range of modules and tools for enterprise-level development.

  6. Learning Curve: AngularJS has a steeper learning curve compared to Spring. This is mainly due to its complex concepts such as data binding, directives, and dependency injection. Spring, on the other hand, has a more gradual learning curve for developers who are already familiar with Java and related technologies.

In Summary, AngularJS and Spring differ in their architecture, language, dependency injection capabilities, focus (front-end vs back-end), community and ecosystem, and learning curve. Developers should consider these differences when choosing between the two frameworks for their web development projects.

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I am a graduate student working as a software engineer in a company. For my personal development, I want to learn web development. I have some experience in Springboot while I was in university. So I want to continue with spring-boot, but I heard about Django. I'm reaching out to the experts here to help me choose a future proof framework. Django or Spring Boot?

Thanks in Advance

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Kamrul Hasan, Don't choose dying technologies with small communities. How many startups do you think use Spring and Django? Use Google Trends to compare technologies. Study the StackOverflow developer survey and job websites to see what technologies are wanted. Few teams can afford to train you to get up to their level so be a life-long learner. Embrace the dawn of a new industry and become an expert.

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Sulaiman Sanusi
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I recommend you stick to Java Spring as you already have experience with the technology, i suggest you master this technology and then if Django seam to be very interesting to you, django is a framework you can easily pickup as python is also easy, you have to probably be able to manage the context switching between a static typed language like Java to dynamic language like python

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Gonzalo Fernández
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Hi Kamrul,

It really depends on the kind of project and whether you feel more comfortable with Java or Python. Both are excellent frameworks, with a huge community and learning material. I've been working with Spring Boot since I started coding almost and I can assure you it's the perfect combination for Java. The learning curve may be harder that Django, but once you know the basics you're good to go. I can't tell you much about Django but you must now by now that it has a great reputation with Python users. In any case I don't think you can go wrong with any of these two. My advice is, if you are already familiar with the Spring framework, give Spring Boot a try, because you're going to find out that it just makes the whole Spring experience so much easier. Let us know what you chose!

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Christoph Becker
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It depends on what you want. Spring is Java-based whereas Django is Python-based. The question rather is Java vs Python. I personally recommend Python as it's shorter and easy to learn. But Java has advantages in really big systems.

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Both are in active development and had huge community support. It really depends on you what you are comfortable with. Both are married to their respective languages. I choose Python over Java because of its simplicity and readability. To develop in java you need to write a lot of code. That's how java is. The best part I love with Django is its synchronization with Databases.

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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 · 552.2K 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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Decisions about AngularJS and Spring
neha menahil

Have you ever stuck with the question that which one is the best front-end framework for you?

With continuous web development progress, the trends of the latest front-end technologies are also continuously changing with more and more sophisticated web features. These top front-end frameworks and libraries have made your complex web tasks more flexible and efficient.

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Peter Schmalfeldt
Senior Software Engineer · | 5 upvotes · 151.7K 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 · 143.2K 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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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 10 upvotes · 606K 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 · 526.4K 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 · 395.7K 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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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 23 upvotes · 4.4M 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 Spring
  • 889
    Quick to develop
  • 589
    Great mvc
  • 573
    Powerful
  • 520
    Restful
  • 505
    Backed by google
  • 349
    Two-way data binding
  • 343
    Javascript
  • 329
    Open source
  • 307
    Dependency injection
  • 197
    Readable
  • 75
    Fast
  • 65
    Directives
  • 63
    Great community
  • 57
    Free
  • 38
    Extend html vocabulary
  • 29
    Components
  • 26
    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
  • 14
    Efficient
  • 14
    Javascript mvw framework
  • 14
    Great extensions
  • 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
    One of the best frameworks
  • 6
    Easy for small applications
  • 5
    Fast development
  • 5
    Works great with jquery
  • 4
    The two-way Data Binding is awesome
  • 4
    I do not touch DOM
  • 3
    Typescript
  • 3
    Community
  • 3
    Hierarchical Data Structure
  • 3
    Be a developer, not a plumber.
  • 3
    Declarative programming
  • 3
    Dart
  • 2
    Very very useful and fast framework for development
  • 2
    Common Place
  • 2
    Great
  • 2
    Amazing community support
  • 2
    Readable code
  • 2
    Programming fun again
  • 2
    The powerful of binding, routing and controlling routes
  • 2
    Scopes
  • 2
    Consistency with backend architecture if using Nest
  • 2
    Fkin awesome
  • 2
    Opinionated in the right areas
  • 2
    Supports api , easy development
  • 2
    Linear learning curve
  • 1
    Fk react, all my homies hate react
  • 230
    Java
  • 157
    Open source
  • 136
    Great community
  • 123
    Very powerful
  • 114
    Enterprise
  • 64
    Lot of great subprojects
  • 60
    Easy setup
  • 44
    Convention , configuration, done
  • 40
    Standard
  • 31
    Love the logic
  • 13
    Good documentation
  • 11
    Dependency injection
  • 11
    Stability
  • 9
    MVC
  • 6
    Easy
  • 3
    Makes the hard stuff fun & the easy stuff automatic
  • 3
    Strong typing
  • 2
    Code maintenance
  • 2
    Best practices
  • 2
    Maven
  • 2
    Great Desgin
  • 2
    Easy Integration with Spring Security
  • 2
    Integrations with most other Java frameworks
  • 1
    Java has more support and more libraries
  • 1
    Supports vast databases
  • 1
    Large ecosystem with seamless integration
  • 1
    OracleDb integration
  • 1
    Live project

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Cons of AngularJS
Cons of Spring
  • 12
    Complex
  • 3
    Event Listener Overload
  • 3
    Dependency injection
  • 2
    Hard to learn
  • 2
    Learning Curve
  • 15
    Draws you into its own ecosystem and bloat
  • 3
    Verbose configuration
  • 3
    Poor documentation
  • 3
    Java
  • 2
    Java is more verbose language in compare to python

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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 Spring?

A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.

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