In this Web Development Tutorial, I’ll try to answer to very common question related to jQuery and AngularJS i.e. What is the difference between jQuery and AngularJS? or jQuery Vs AngularJS?
Instead of just explaining the difference and listing features of both technologies, I further tried to provide answer for more related questions as well as concepts, For example:
- When to use jQuery or AngularJS?
- How to avoid common mistake of using AngularJS in jQuery Fashion?
- Developer’s perspective – Code Comparison
- Can we use jQuery inside or with AngularJS?
You can find a comprehensive list of AngularJs FAQs Tutorial explaining multiple related concepts here. If interested to build your professional SPA application using AngularJs and Web API, follow another Angularjs SPA Tutorial here.
What is jQuery?
So, 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.
What is AngularJS?
AngularJS is a product by none other the Search Engine Giant Google and it’s an open source MVC-based framework (considered to be the best and only next generation framework). AngularJS is a great tool for building highly rich client-side web applications.
In comparison of features jQuery Vs AngularJS, AngularJS simply offers more features:
- Two-Way data binding
- REST friendly
- MVC-based Pattern
- Deep Linking
- Form Validation
- Dependency Injection
- Full Testing Environment
- Server Communication
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77 lectures, 14.5 Hours Video, All Levels
- Your First Angular Website
- Web Template Store
- myContacts App
- ngSocial Facebook App
- Job Directory
- User Authentication App
- Instagram Gallery
- PubNub Chat
And also we will find Quiz at the end of each application to verify the skill improvement.
When to use jQuery or AngularJS?
Most of the time people fails to comprehend the real value of these technologies during application development. AngularJS is best suited for the web application development as it works on the HTML code and JSON data which helps in developing for interactive and robust applications but using same for a simple website development results in slow loading and quite erratic websites.
Don’t use AngularJS in jQuery Fashion
jquery enjoys a huge presence of plugins which makes it easier for the developer to plug these in the websites and let it do the remaining job. On the other hand, AngularJS possesses a completely different structure which makes it harder to find any plugins or to create one which can be simply placed on the website and left for good. AngularJS has jqLite which possess the jQuery functionalities and it can be used for developing different plugins as per the need of websites but stay away for developing or patching codes of old plugins and embedding it on the website.
For a developer perspective, the code comparison is as follows:
Can we use jQuery inside or with AngularJS?
In certain scenarios, we may want our AngularJS application to use jQuery library. Now, AngularJS can use jQuery in our application when the application is being bootstrapped. Otherwise, Angular will use its own implementation of the subset of jQuery that we discussed above jqLite.
While taking a view AngularJS Vs jQuery, it should be understood that one doesn’t neither-neither replaces other nor does it competes with each other. JQuery is best suited for DOM manipulation while AngularJS is suited for web application development. So when you are looking to develop robust applications, then opt for AngularJS and in order to add more functionality and to perform DOM manipulation on the website then stick with jQuery.
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