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AngularJS vs jQuery: Comparison

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In this journal entry, we will be having a look at AngularJS vs jQuery. We will also try to list down some of the best features available in both of these technologies. But before diving deep into this topic lets first understand these topics in slight more details.

AngularJS

AngularJS is a product by Google and it’s MVC-based framework. AngularJS is a great tool for creating dynamic and highly rich client side web applications. As being a framework, it dictates us to follow some rules and a structured approach. It’s not just a JavaScript library but a framework that is perfectly designed.

AngularJS utilizes HTML’s syntax as your template language and develop the components of your application compactly. Dependency Injection and data binding, few of the features of AngularJS helps to eliminate major chunk of the code which otherwise had to be written.

To read more about the features offered by AngularJS, please check this journal entry, “Features and Benefits of AngularJS”.

Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons for using AngularJS.

Pros

  • Easy to learn
  • Perfect for Single Page Applications
  • Easy to unit test
  • Code less, get more functionality
  • Provided re-usability with the help of components

Cons

  • Applications written in AngularJS are not that secure.
  • If the end-user disables JavaScript on their browsers then they only see the basic HTML page.

jQuery

jQuery is a lightweight, quick, small, and feature-rich Javascript Library. jQuery tries to make HTML tag traversal and control, animations, event handling, and Ajax calls more straightforward. All of these are done via a simple API calls that works over many programs.

Using jQuery, we can:

  • easily manipulate the contents of a webpage
  • apply styles to make UI more attractive
  • easy DOM traversal
  • effects and animation
  • simple to make AJAX calls and
  • utilities and much more… etc.

Now we have a slight understanding of what these two technologies exactly are and capable of, let’s look at some of the differences and features of AngularJS and jQuery.

AngularJS vs jQuery

AngularJSjQuery
AngularJS is best suited for the web application developmentjQuery is a fast and feature-rich language
Helps in developing interactive and robust web applications.A commendable JavaScript library and a great tool for creating feature-rich websites
Supports the Two-Way Data BindingDoesn't support the Two-Way Binding
Mostly used for SPA (Single Page Applications)Can be used to create any websites or web applications
DOM manipulation is one part of the AngularJS frameworkjQuery is all about the DOM manipulation

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