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Battle of the Frameworks: AngularJS vs. EmberJS

This blog is a discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of both the AngularJS and EmberJS frameworks. Read on for more information.

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Incessant technological advancements are paving the way towards the development of new frameworks, every day. Every other innovation is a step ahead towards simplicity, speed, and most importantly efficiency. Considering these three factors as priorities, the AngularJS framework has entered the domain of application development with many benefits. Because of its competencies and abilities that AngularJS framework is also envisaged as "superheroic" one. With the release of Angular 2.0 by the end of 2015, there is a move towards a better framework with enhanced features.

This blog is an attempt to hold a discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of both of these frameworks—AngularJS or EmberJS.

Both are open source frameworks, released under the MIT license, and have helped in evading the problems encountered in the development of single page web applications.

What is AngularJS?

The AngularJS framework has been able to gain exceptional popularity among many developers, because of its capabilities and its feature of extensibility has added yet another advantage in the long list.

The two prominent advantages of Angularjs Development is that it offers modularization and two-way data binding. Moreover, Angular expressions also offer a set of advantages as they help in directly manipulating data to the template. Apart from these features, dependency injection is one such that must not be forgotten. For making tasks to run on a smooth edge, one can include all of the essential modules, services, and filters through injector.

On the other hand, if two-way data binding is envisaged as an advantage, it can also make the performance suffer if there is a lot of data or if some complex Angular expressions with functions are used, then the problem can aggravate and may not yield adequate results. Another thing that haunts developers is debugging—such a painstaking task. If complicated expressions are used, it becomes really irritating for developers to find out and comprehend where something has gone wrong.

Next, Emberjs framework comes in the limelight. A JavaScript framework which helps in managing the complexity of a large application. With just the necessity of minimal code, it makes it quite easy and simple to handle multi-page JavaScript apps. With EmberJS Development, the first thing to strike our minds is, “Convention over Configuration.”

  • Detailed configurations make things a bit complicated and difficult.
  • EmberJS framework follows naming conventions, making things quite simple, generating results automatically.
  • EmberJS framework uses handlebars templating engine, which helps in minimizing the code written.

EmberJS Vs AngularJS

Angular VS Ember


While making a decision to choose an adequate framework for the application’s development, it is important to examine its community. A larger community implies that numerous sources are available on the internet. Many tutorials and detailed documentation on the same, also exist on YouTube. From a deep analysis, it is coherent that AngularJS is ahead of the game in its ability to procure a larger community.

Therefore, a clear implication of this fact is that a larger number of people and developers are inclined towards deploying this framework for applications development.

Framework Size

Next factor to keep in consideration is the size of the framework. This factor determines the page load time. For any website to become successful, it is important that the page does not take much time in loading as it frustrates the user. Therefore, choosing AngularJS is a better option.


If we are talking about a templating engine, AngularJS leads the race as it has a deeper understanding of DOM, it helps in creating a well-structured template, minimizing the coding to a great extent. While, in the case of EmberJS, this framework is dependent upon straight text manipulation for its templating and is unaware of DOM.

Application Architecture

Both of these frameworks focus on different ways in order to build a particular application. If AngularJS concentrates more upon the use of models and two-way data binding, laying emphasis on the structure of the document. Moreover, for a common representation, AngularJS framework works with HTML syntax. In the case of EmberJS framework, it also makes use of two-way data binding and event driven architecture, but it concentrates more upon the application’s behaviour.

Which One is Right for You?

I would like to conclude my blog by saying that both of these frameworks, AngularJS and EmberJS, are similar in many ways but they also show a pinch of difference as technological developments arrive with some advancements in order to increase simplicity and better performance. If AngularJS framework helps in displaying a large static data, EmberJS helps in interactivity, making it simple to handle changes in an efficient manner. Therefore, I cannot say that I am all in favour of a particular framework and decide for you which one is best to use. Instead, it depends upon the needs of the application that you are developing, which determines which one would be appropriate according to its requirements.

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