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Here’s Why Google & Facebook’s Backing of Angular & React Matters

Written by: Ed Van Beilen

By adopting a framework backed by Facebook or Google, organizations can showcase a level of technical prowess that improves their reputation for creating and supporting enterprise-grade web applications.

Two of the most popular open source libraries in recent years have emerged as leading JavaScript frameworks because they were created and backed by big Internet players. The sponsorship of Angular by Google and React by Facebook benefits both companies, but also the broader enterprise web application development community in a variety of ways.

Expand testing

The goal of an open source, component-based framework is to make development easier and faster, in part by automating some tasks, creating repeatable processes, and allowing developers to work in parallel on different parts of the same application in an organized, structured manner.

However, even the best frameworks, including React and Angular, create bugs that must be tested and fixed before they can be widely adopted. Testing a framework on a broad array of use cases is an onerous and expensive undertaking. However, by open sourcing React and Angular, Facebook and Google have essentially expanded the community of developers who can put these frameworks through their paces and provide feedback. This expanded base allows for testing a far wider array of potential use cases than even these huge enterprises could think of, never mind test against.

Attract talent

A better tested, more widely adopted framework means more developers will be using it. A globally adopted open source library will increase the available talent pool of developers who can build applications in React and Angular.

A robust framework is likely to lead to more developers using it effectively, while organizations that adopt it can use it as a beacon to attract top talent. By adopting a framework backed by Facebook or Google, organizations can showcase a level of technical prowess that improves their reputation for creating and supporting enterprise-grade web applications.

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Keep talent

Credibility as an organization is not only a great way to attract the best developers, it’s also a great way to retain them.

The most talented developers generally want to open source their code so it is available to the larger development community. It comes from a mindset of having benefitted from open source software previously and wanting to return the favour. By open sourcing React and Angular, Facebook and Google are building goodwill in the development community, while also keeping their star developers happy because they can continue to give back and share their innovation around these frameworks.

By popularizing these frameworks, Facebook and Google also ensure there are developers at other organizations who can build applications for their platforms, and enables them to have a strong presence lower in the development stack. In addition, because frameworks abstract away much of the browser-centric grunt work, developers can focus on writing more valuable and user-facing code.

Facebook and Google have ultimately increased the functionality of their products by open sourcing the React and Angular frameworks. In the meantime, enterprise application development organizations are better able to innovate with their own products and enhance their reputation by tapping the expertise of a broader community.

For those looking to take advantage of Facebook and Google’s investments, it comes down to making a choice between React and Angular. Both solve the same problems developers face by writing enterprise web applications in different ways. The project and the organization’s development philosophy are the best guides when making a final choice.