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Angular JS vs jQuery – A Brief Overview

April 12, 2015

Often, the web developers face the similar dilemma – Which framework one must opt for when it comes to web development?

If we retrospect, jQuery is the best thing that has ever happened in this technological domain as it has abbreviated the entry barrier in the JavaScript, solved a lot of previously present problems with IE, one can deal with DOM across different browsers in a much simpler way. Lastly, there is AJAX! When you start working on different and bigger applications, you will notice there are numerous things which are lacking in the jQuery. So, we switched to backbone.js, which still heavily relies on jQuery for DOM access and manipulation.

But just as things go, the limit itself is limitless when it comes to the search for a superior platform. So, we decided to give AngularJS a try.

Now the question which arises is – Which one is better?

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Both the frameworks are client side scripting libraries which are used for several purposes such as validation, creating visually enchanting elements like ornate navigation menus and a lot more. As the primary goal of using both the technologies is same, the choice of utilizing the features of a particular technology lies with the programmer. In the recent times, jQuery is gaining popularity over JavaScript at a rapid rate. Let us tell you the possible advantages of jQuery has over the framework which did exist for many more years than itself.

Framework

If you compare Angular JS and jQuery, the former is a framework and the latter is a library. You can easily plug the library directly to the project which is being created, use it first hand fully, party or just do not make any use of it at all. The plugin is basically a supplement to your task/project.

Whereas, Angular JS is an MVC framework. To utilize its features, you have to play by its rules. You have to use it completely, or don’t use it at all. It has a fix model and controls due to which it is considered as one of the best software development architectures in the modern times. When you are developing with Angular JS, you need to lay the foundation of the structure with complete architecture in mind which adds more complexities in the long run.

jQuery is excellently compiled and organized

  It does an efficacious job when it comes to verifying and listing the modules on the official portal. For example, if you wish to use Data Picker you can instantly download the plugin from the website and  start using it. On the other hand, if you have opted for JavaScript it won’t be hassle free at all. You will find yourself searching for open source JavaScript codes for the Data Picker and the chances are that you will be using the ones which have not been verified. Hence, there is no doubt about it that the jQuery is much better organized and compiled. Consistent and effortless solutions are possible with jQuery which may not be possible with JavaScript.

Do not use Angular the jQuery way

Millions of jQuery plugins are available and just by the blink of an eye, you can plugin something and totally forget about it. Whereas, Angular JS has an entirely different structure.  In this case, you are advised to use the directives instead. Once you are used to it, you will be able to develop your own ‘Angular Way’ rather than just merging the codes with the plugins. It not even mandatory to add the jQuery to your task/project. However, Angular JS comes with jqLite which is a simplified version for DOM manipulation.

Lastly, we can conclude that Angular Js doesn’t replace jQuery and it doesn’t even compete with jQuery. Both of them can be used in the very same project and applications. jQuery is for DOM manipulation and Angular JS is for structure.

 

Gaurav Sabharwal is the Business Head at IT Chimes. He is an avid blogger, and likes to pen his thoughts about building, managing and leading teams in IT, top-level decision making and time management. Find him on Twitter @GauravSabh

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