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When Should You Be Using AngularJS vs. jQuery?

To start off, it’s important to understand that AngularJS is a framework that adds structure to applications and jQuery is a library that manipulates the DOM. They function differently and don’t share the same purpose, so the obvious question is “When should I be using AngularJS or jQuery”? Let’s take a closer look at the features of both to get a better understanding of which kinds of projects they should be applied to.


jQuery is a library used for Document Object Model (DOM) manipulations. Think of it as a plugin that supplements your JavaScript API. It allows you to manipulate the content of a web page, making it best suited for creating websites. It allows you to:

  • Simplify JavaScript on a website
  • Add effects and animation
  • Make AJAX-based calls more conveniently
  • Utilize various plugins such as responsive carousel galleries and form validation plugins


AngularJS is a model-view-viewmodel (MVVM) framework that provides structure to applications, making it best suited for web application development. Since it is a framework, you will employ it from the ground up when developing your structural design. It allows you to:

  • Utilize two-way data binding, which makes data independent from the presentation
  • Filter data as a standalone functionality that is separate from the application
  • Add additional functionality to HTML with built-in directives
  • Make use of Angular Expressions to bind Angular application data to HTML elements

Ultimately, the main purpose of jQuery is to manipulate the DOM while AngularJS is used to develop web applications. Once you’ve decided which of the two suits your needs, you can sign up for a class here at Hands On Technology Transfer. We offer the following courses:

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AngularJS Courses

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