Differences between JQuery and AngularJS

Firstly you have to know that AngularJS and JQuery are different javascript frameworks, so never, never mixed up AngularJS with JQuery code. If you’re a JQuery magic developer, please invest some times in AngularJS, it will change your life.

Separation of concerns

AngularJS helps you keep your concerns separate with powerful utils (controllers, directives, models and view). The view is like a plasticine formless that you remodel through directives (DOM manipulation abstraction that help you augment your view) and models (that represent your datas), that are encapsulated in a controller linked to a specific html section. Unlike JQuery, this separation of concerns help you have testable code (remember the last time you’ve seen a jQuery plugin with unit tests).

<section id="todoapp" ng-controller='todoController'>
    <header id="header">
        <form id="todo-form" action="#" ng-submit='addTodo()'>
            <input id="new-todo" autocomplete="off" type="text" autofocus="" ng-model='newTodo' placeholder="{{placeholder}}" />

In this code, what you see as ng-x is called a directive. ng-controller means that this section of code is related to todoController controller and the input data is specified as newTodo model (ng-model). Use of directives is also called use of decorator pattern.

Bi-directional data binding

In the previous code, modification in the view will affect the controller that can also affects the view. In the following code, when the form will be submitted, the input value will equal “Loader ended” ! it is as simple as that, how do you figure that in JQuery?

var app = angular.module('todo', []);
    app.controller('todoController', function ($scope, filterFilter, $http, $location) {
        $scope.placeholder = 'Loading...';
        $scope.addTodo = function (){
            $scope.newTodo = 'Loader ended';

Dependency injection

One other great tool from AngularJS is dependency injection (DI). Dependency Injection can seem very awful if you’re not familiar with back-end languages like php or Java, but it will become very useful and simple, i promise.
Dependency injection means that you have one service “A” (class that does a specific job) which needs an instance of another service “B” in order to work, we then say that we inject B into A without having to worry about loading order, or file locations, or anything like that.
DI in AngularJS will take all its sense in unit testing.

Test driven development

How many JQuery plugins have you seen, used, or written, which contained test suite? Not very many because you JQuery needs iterative development and doesn’t suit SOLID principle, but AngularJS does.
In jQuery, the only way to test a plugin is to develop a separated component with a demo page to perform DOM manipulation, and then integrate it into our application. Because of that, we opt for iterative instead of test-driven development. How inconvenient!

I’ve written an exemple of unit testing with AngularJS here https://creativcoders.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/angularjs-test-driven-development-tutorial/, have a look to.


Remember, AngularJS is not JQuery, don’t even include JQuery above AngularJS, it will hold you back. When you come to a problem that you think easier to solve with JQuery, try to think about how to do it within the confines the AngularJS before. If you don’t know, ask for, it will save you time, believe me.

Differences between JQuery and AngularJS

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