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Comparing angular vs. angular2 vs. backbone vs. react

How are they different?

Here we compare between angular, angular2, backbone and react. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are angular 1.6.6, angular2 2.0.0-beta.21, backbone 1.3.3 and react 15.6.1.

angular, HTML enhanced for web apps. It was authored by Angular Core Team on Mar, 2012.
angular2, Angular 2 - a web framework for modern web apps. It was authored on Feb, 2015.
backbone, Give your JS App some Backbone with Models, Views, Collections, and Events. It was authored by Jeremy Ashkenas on Jul, 2011.
react, React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It was authored on Oct, 2011.

When comparing those packages you notice that react is the more popular package today (73,874 Stars on Github).
angular has more forks.
angular2 has more frequent updates.
backbone has been out there for longer (since 5 years ago), it also has less open issues.
react has more versions, a bigger community of maintainers, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github and more followers on Github.

In our review angular got 688,677 points, angular2 got 51,062 points, backbone got 466,288 points and react got 3,105,638 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on those packages.

Going into more detail

 

angular
1.6.6
NPM

angular2
2.0.0-beta.21
NPM

backbone
1.3.3
NPM

react
15.6.1
NPM

description HTML enhanced for web apps Angular 2 - a web framework for modern web apps Give your JS App some Backbone with Models, Views, Collections, and Events. React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces.
keywords angular, framework, browser, client-side model, view, controller, router, server, client, browser react
author Angular Core Team N/A Jeremy Ashkenas N/A
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licenses MIT MIT MIT BSD-3-Clause
created 5 years ago (Mar, 2012) 3 years ago (Feb, 2015) 6 years ago (Jul, 2011) 6 years ago (Oct, 2011)
modified 3 days ago 6 days ago 13 days ago 7 hours ago
total versions 125 68 27 126
version average every 16 days every 14 days every 3 months every 17 days
maintainers 2 1 3 6
dependencies 0 0 1 5
Daily Downloads 7,929 401 6,374 71,458
Weekly Downloads 224,254 5,536 171,490 1,166,204
Monthly Downloads 962,320 22,323 684,035 4,783,899
open issues 736 1,872 71 739
open pull requests 30 30 30 30
stargazers 56,798 27,081 26,608 73,874
subscribers 4,426 2,603 1,567 4,838
forks 28,376 6,808 5,728 13,915
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Overall points

688,677

Points

51,062

Points

466,288

Points

3,105,638

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CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S angular npm i -S angular2 npm i -S backbone npm i -S react
remove npm r -S angular npm r -S angular2 npm r -S backbone npm r -S react

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