Angular 6 – All About Its Features and Updates

The recently released Angular 6 has made developing Mobile and Web App easier. It has brought some stunning features, tools and things to provide a platform to carry forward developing in a more appropriate manner.

In fact, the purpose of this update is to provide compact and stable frameworks, which are Lighter, Faster and Easier.

The new updates consist of some exciting things that include two major new commands “ng update” and “ng add”.

Angular 6

These two commands have simplified the app development processes. Let’s check out what the new release (Angular 6.0.0) has to offer.

ng update

It’s a new CLI command that helps you get the latest and right version of updates to your application. All this happens after the ‘CLI’ command carries out deep analysis to your ‘package.json’  and using the intelligence of Angular, suggests you the right updates.

At the same time, ‘ng update’ also helps developer receive most suitable updates such as scripts or libraries provided by the 3rd parties.

The third party can send updates using schematics. It uses npm or yarn to manage installation, but it keeps the package manager intact.

In fact, it’s just a command away to install Angular material, thanks to schematic to make all these things possible.

To install the update, you need to use the command, (ng update @angular/core) and it will update all the Angular packages that will also include the updated RxJS v6 and TypeScript.

ng add

With ‘ng add’ the configuration of new libraries into the project has become quite simple and smooth. Using your package manager, the ‘ng add’ will download new dependencies and add more working tools ( that will be implemented as a schematic).

So, the ‘ng update’ will update all the possible dependencies while the ‘ng add’ will download and add more working tools and that’s the major difference between the two.

Apart from these two major commands, there are some other updates that Angular 6 has received. Let’s check them out.

They include;

Angular Elements

In the previous version such as Angular 5, developers had some complications while creating widget or component and integrating them with any existing web page.

However, the new 2018 Angular Elements update provides developers ease of creating Single Page Applications like a widget or component.

Service Worker Support

Service Worker Support is a kind of script which runs with a web browser to store application for future use. Developers get plenty of things to do with this functionalities.

Catch up with some important facts about Service Worker Support

  • First introduced with Angular 5 release
  • Angular 6 updated this script with some new functionalities and bug fixes
  • Manages to cache for an application which can be used later
  • Allow configuring navigation URL to the appropriate index file

Template Element

Angular 6 has replaced <template> with <ng-template>. Template Element was introduced in the previous version of Angular.

i18n

i18n functionality allows developers to create an app in multiple languages. In short, to make application user-friendly, the developer will get Angular’s internationalization (i18n) tools to make the app available in multiple dialects and language.

Top Features of i18n

  • The user can use the app in their local language
  • Will display numbers, dates and language in desired or local language
  • The developer can use Angular CLI to create files of the translator
  • Angular CLI will generate boilerplate which will then help to create the file
  • Extracting the localisable text into a file
  • Developing the app for defined locale
  • Creating an app in multiple language formats

Angular Material + CDK Components

They are new tree component, helping you display hierarchical data. In the previous version, there was stability and compatibility issue while using this with upgraded Angular version, but now the toolkit is perfect for developers to create their own components while putting less effort.

Angular Material Starter Components

Angular Material Starter Components allows developers to generate 3 new starter components automatically.

No need to create pages manually.

  1. Material Sidenav:

    You need to use command such as ‘ ng generate @angular/material:material-nav –name=my-nav’ and it will open a new starter component containing a ‘Menu Bar’ and ‘App Title’.

  2. Material Dashboard:

    When you use ‘ng generate @angular/material:material-dashboard –name=my-dashboard’ command, a starter dashboard component will be generated which will consists a grid list of card.

  3. Material Data Table:

    When you run ‘ng generate @angular/material:material-table –name=my-table’, it will generate pre-configured with datasource data table.

Library Support

Library Support allows developers to create a library within the CLI workspace. The feature was introduced after getting requests from developers across the world.

Angular has plugged the ng-packagr into build system that is used by developers as Angular CLI. And with help schematics, it creates library.

Tree Shakable Providers

As the name suggests, the Tree Shakeable feature automatically remove the unnecessary services from the bundle.

For example, there are many unused codes in the code base. So,when a developer finishes his work and bundle the final project, the unused codes automatically washed away or you can say fall down from the tree (project bundle).

TypeScript 2.7 & RxJS 6

TypeScript 2.7 is the primary language for the Angular Application Development while the RxJS 6 provides a bunch of functions to create new observable.

These features are all meant to provide the best performance and offering them a good environment to work on.

Ivy

Though Ivy has not been released completely as it is still on experimental mode, the feature is all meant to provide greater support for backward compatibility, decrease the size of the application and enhance rendering speed.

In short, there are immense possibilities when it comes to Angular. The good thing about the framework is it comes out with innovative updates on every 6 months.

Benefits of Angular 6 For Developers

  • Create Angular widget or Component
  • Bootstrap them with the existing Applications built on Angular Frameworks
  • Register the Angular App as custom or web application
  • The web component then can be used in any HTML pages in other environments
  • Convert Angular Component in DOM Elements and use them with other projects which do not use Angular

Let’s hope the next update of Angular will come up with some more exciting functionalities. To know more anything about Angular 6 or if you would like to migrate your angular project to latest Angular version then feel free to contact our Expert Angular Developers. They are ready to take on all challenges.

Ronak Patel

Ronak Patel is a CEO and Founder of Aglowid IT Solutions, an ever-emerging Top Web and Mobile Development company with a motto of turning clients into successful businesses. He believes that Client's success is company's success and so that he always makes sure that Aglowid helps their client's business to reach to its true potential with the help of his best team with the standard development process he set up for the company.

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