React VS Angular: Why Angular is Best Tool For Enterprise Frontend Development?

React and Angular are the two most favored platforms for web application development. But which framework is best for frontend development for enterprises? Let’s find out.

5 min read
Oct 18, 2021

We have already talked about frontend development trends and frameworks to choose from in the past. What we haven’t discussed yet is which framework out of React and Angular is best for enterprise frontend development.

By enterprises, we mean large teams that have a lot of contributions in different parts of the projects. And as we have worked with a handful of large and small enterprises, we can say most of them face similar kinds of software and product development challenges, especially when it comes to frontend development.

Generally, most enterprises will have a large number of software products to offer, which requires standardization. They want all their software products to be developed the same with the possibility to share core components and code. Such kinds of requirements are hard to incorporate no matter the tool you use.

Further, fulfilling these trends isn’t and won’t be possible in the near future. However, one trend that we have noticed is the use of Angular for most enterprise software development, making it the best frontend development technology. Here’s why we say so:

React Vs Angular: The Raging War

Launched in 2013, React quickly rose to fame as it was beginner-friendly with a not too steep learning curve. Since it was easy to learn, most beginners who started their journey in development chose Facebook’s open-source UI library.

However, being popular and easy to learn doesn’t necessarily mean React is a superior tool for frontend development. Yes, it is one of the great tools but not as much as it is hyped to be and surely not for enterprise software and application development.

Angular, on the other hand, is an open-source front-end framework developed by Google. Since it is a specialized framework and not a UI library, it’s fundamentally different from React. Both have a similar architecture of MVC, support for JavaScript and TypeScript, and are component-based.

However, Angular races ahead when it comes to developing software with high complexity usually required for enterprise applications. React is way better when developing small-scale simple applications, but lags behind when developing complex level software. Moreover, it requires a deep fundamental understanding of JavaScript and how it works along with how React libraries work to develop complex enterprise apps.

Also, since it is a library, it solves only one problem at a time, whereas Angular is a specialized framework that solves a host of different problems simultaneously. While using React, developers have to be dependant on third-party libraries for API connection, Routing, state management, and many other things.

Angular incorporates all such things along with many more, which are built right into it for effortless software and product development. Though it has a steep learning curve, the features such as routing, dependency injection, form generation, etc. all of which make Angular totally worth it. You can say that React only has M of MVC while Angular consists of the whole thing.

For further clarification, here’s why Angular is the best Framework for enterprise application development:

1. Standardization

When developing enterprise applications, you need a full-fledged framework that helps developers stay on the course, especially when developing complex-level applications. No matter how simple it may look in the beginning, at some point, the development of the enterprise software is going to get messy and complex.

Angular performs well in this criteria, as it is a fully-fledged framework that helps enterprises deal with such complexities and challenges by offering standardized mechanisms such as Angular CLI. The command-line interface of Angular helps create and scaffold the apps by building blocks/components.

Through Angular CLI, you can get straight to work or open up a new project just like that. Further, it allows you to create many new components, modules, services, and many other things. And while Angular CLI is creating and tying everything up, developers can focus on building software products.

Angular CLI does the job in few seconds, which other technologies may take a few minutes to do. Another less obvious benefit of Angular is the tools offered by the technology can be used for developing anything. Having such standards tools means you won’t have to be dependent on as many 3rd party dependencies.

2. Testing

Angular not only helps in building and scaffolding new components for enterprise applications but auto-generates starter spec files for testing those components as well. For instance, it will contain a ‘does render’ test along with many others that can be added later on.

The framework goes a step ahead to tell you how much of your code is covered by your tests. To do so, Angular uses Karma to know how many lines of codes, branches, and others are covered by the test. This functionality comes right out of the box, so you won’t have to install other dependencies to do this simple task.

3. Modularity

As Angular progresses, it has been written in a way to modularize the framework to break down the building blocks — the components — into modules. In a new Angular app, there’s a module file for the main module that contains everything. Further, the blocks that contain the components can have their own modules.

Importing these modules in certain parts of your enterprise applications makes it effortless to build applications since adding new modules, taking them away, or swapping with others is much easier. This keeps the architecture of your enterprise application flat, making it easier and flexible to change whenever needed.

4. Upgrades

Every once in a while, front-end developers of other technologies have to go through an unpleasant process of updating dependencies, which may fail sometimes. However, upgrading dependencies is easy and effortless in Angular. Just enter the CLI command to update dependencies to the latest version and voila!

Further, the CLI will aid you in making necessary code changes and if certain parts can’t be updated, the CLI will tell you about those parts., why couldn’t CLI update them? and what steps to take to implement upgrades?

Also, CLI will help you review the updated parts. Moreover, the Angular CLI allows you to update dependencies safely and easily, enabling the enterprise to maintain complex applications on the latest framework version.


Let’s wrap up the raging war between React and Angular and which technology is best for enterprise applications. Sure, React is appealing to newcomers and easy to learn to excel in building simple applications. However, developing complex-level applications requires a deep understanding of the platform. Angular is an ideal choice that incorporates standardization, testing capabilities, modularity, upgrades, and many other things.

Angular offers such a level of sophistication enterprises need in their software applications. The counterargument for Angular is the platform is not beginner-friendly and has a steep learning curve. However, to be competent with the technology, developers should learn how it works without an excuse how hard it is for simply being lazy.

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