Paula Cristea - 23 Sep 2020
The biggest difference between the two is that React is a library and not a framework per se. Imagine it like an actual library; a huge place with wonderful books, aka “coding pieces” in software development, that you can use to add new functions to a website or app. Angular is a framework; picture it as an actual frame. To fit a certain picture into that frame you have to cut it, meaning you can’t go back. In software development, a framework comes with a specific standard for an app or website. It is limited, setting an unchangeable project architecture. Once cut, you can’t uncut it. React gives you more coding freedom because it enables you to use the library and add new functions to an existing website or app. With Angular, you must always abide by the rules of the initial framework. While both are powerful development technologies, additional core differences between AngularJS (the framework) and ReactJS (the library) are mentioned in the lines below.