6 Best Practices in Migrating AngularJS to React

By Imran Salahuddin

Converting an AngularJS application to React can be a significant undertaking, as the two frameworks have different architectures and concepts. However, it is possible to migrate your application from AngularJS to React with the right approach.

Here are some general steps you can follow to convert your AngularJS application to React:

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  1. Understand the basic concepts of React: Before you start migrating your AngularJS application, it’s important to have a good understanding of React’s concepts, such as components, state, and props. This will help you understand how to structure your application in React and how to update the user interface when the data changes.
  2. Break down your application into small components: In React, applications are made up of small, reusable components. Start by breaking down your AngularJS application into smaller components. This will make it easier to understand how the different parts of your application fit together and how to convert them to React.
  3. Start with a small part of your application: Begin migrating the smallest and simplest parts of your application first. This will help you better understand how React works and how to convert your AngularJS code to React.
  4. Convert one component at a time: Once you have identified the different components in your application, start converting them one by one. This will help you identify and fix any issues that may arise during the migration process.
  5. Use a tool like ng-upgrade: An ng-upgrade allows you to run AngularJS and React together in the same application. This makes it possible to run the React component inside the AngularJS component so you can slowly move your application to React.
  6. Test and debug: Make sure to thoroughly test and debug your application after each component is converted to React. This will help you identify and fix any issues that may arise during the migration process.

Please note this is a general idea about the process and you may need to make some adjustments depending on the specific of your application. It’s also worth considering whether a complete rewrite of the application is a better option in the long run, or if it is worth only to migrate the parts of the application that need to be updated, this will depend on the specifics of the projects and the resources available.

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By Imran Salahuddin | February 15th, 2023 | Migration

About the Author

Imran Salahuddin VP of Technology & Migration Services for Macrosoft

Imran Salahuddin

Imran serves as Macrosoft’s VP of Technology & Migration Services. With more than 25 years of experience, Imran has demonstrated his ability to ensure seamless migrations, of all sorts, for clients. Imran currently works with Project Managers, the sales/strategy teams, and clients to ensure the successful migration of legacy applications to modern platforms. He’s demonstrated effective communication skills and an eye for quality service.

As a Microsoft Certified and PMI Project Management Professional, Imran has been migrated a myriad of difficult technologies. Most recently, he migrated a VFP legacy application which communicated to networking equipment. Testing the application without detailed knowledge of the domain became the real challenge.

Imran also dedicates his time to IoT (Internet of Things), as well as Online Sales, and looks to improve upon all of Macrosoft’s existing verticals.

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