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When choosing a JavaScript web framework, also consider if vanilla JavaScript would satisfy your project needs. “Vanilla JavaScript” (or “vanilla JS”) refers to using just JavaScript and the Web APIs provided natively by web browsers. For simpler project, vanilla JavaScript helps avoid overengineering, can reduce security and compliance complexity, and may reduce maintenance costs by making it possible for any JavaScript developer to work on it. However, vanilla JavaScript can be unwieldy in complex applications.



React (sometimes styled React.js or ReactJS) is an open-source JavaScript library for creating user interfaces that aims to address challenges encountered in developing single-page applications (Wikipedia).

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Angular (sometimes styled Angular 2+) is an open-source web application framework maintained by Google and by a community of individual developers and corporations to address many of the challenges encountered in developing single-page applications (Wikipedia

We don’t work with Angular a lot ourselves, but it is a well-maintained, highly-used modern framework and we should not discourage or frown on its use by our partners. In our consulting and acquisition work, we view Angular as a solid choice for a frontend web framework, given the considerations below.

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AngularJS is the legacy version of Angular and is not actively developed. Maintenance will be discontinued on July 21, 2021. New projects should not use AngularJS.