AngularJS vs. Node.js: Understanding the Key Differences
In this blog comparing AngularJS vs. Node.js, we'll cover the basics of how each technology works, including key differences in terms of features, common enterprise use cases, and what to think about before deploying separately or together.
What Is AngularJS?
However, AngularJS reached end-of-life on December 31, 2021, so it is no longer supported by the community and there will be no further updates or releases.
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What Is Node.js?
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AngularJS vs. Node.js: Key Differences
Developers need to install Node.js in their system first while creating the development environment.
AngularJS supports Model-View-Whatever (MVW) architecture and two-way data binding, which keeps the data between visual components and web application synchronized. It does not support writing database queries. Instead, it provides built-in data structures, such as arrays and objects, to manipulate data efficiently. It also supports features like filters and directives to easily work with structured data.
Programming Language and Paradigms
Other Notable Features
AngularJS utilizes HTML as a template language and can express different components of a web application by extending the HTML syntax. It makes the development of single-page and dynamic web applications more straightforward through features like scope, directives, data binding, dependency injection, filters, routing and templates.
Node.js is loaded with features perfect for building networking and server-side applications. It simplifies the development process of video streaming applications and I/O intensive web applications. Additionally, Node.js provides single-threaded event mechanism and asynchronous APIs to improve the code execution speed.Back to top
AngularJS Use Cases
AngularJS is not recommended anymore because it is end-of-life and the community no longer provides updates or patches for vulnerabilities (such as CVE 2022-25844). Those who are still running AngularJS should migrate as soon as possible to a different open source framework.
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Node.js Use Cases
Node.js is used for developing scalable, fast server-side applications. Node.js is more suitable in server-side development, building lightweight and fast APIs and working with real-time applications. Node.js is also ideal for developing applications that require real-time editing and data manipulation.Back to top
AngularJS vs. Node.js Deployment Considerations
Working with AngularJS is much easier than Node.js. AngularJS simplifies all the tasks and work required to showcase data on the front-end part of a web application. In contrast, working with Node.js on the back-end part requires expertise in programming logic and knowledge of complex integrations with databases and other components.
However, as we have mentioned a number of times, AngularJS is EOL and it is never a good idea to have EOL software in your stack for security and compliance reasons. At this point in time, it makes more sense to deploy one of the many AngularJS alternatives.
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How to Use AngularJS and Node.js Together
AngularJS is associated with the front-end part of the web application, while Node.js is associated with the back-end part of the application. Both technologies work together in the development of complete web applications following client-server architecture.
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