It has been a while since Google released Angular 7.0.0. However, the framework is still making headlines. The major release has expanded through its previous features, including core framework, Angular Material, CLI Prompts, Virtual Scroll, Drag and Drop and more.
You may be familiar with the number of features and new changes, the Angular or v7 has received, but what they meant for, may be unfamiliar to most of you. Our effort is to provide you the actual usability of the features in the Angular latest release.
What’s New in Angular 7
v7 has received many things new while most of the features that you have seen in Angular 6 have been upgraded. Here’re some of the most useful features and functionality of Angular 7 that you should know about.
While creating a new Angular application or upgrading from previous Angular 6 to Angular 7 using ng new command, the Angular CLI prompts will allow users to add any of the features like Angular routing or the format of the stylesheet that they want to reuse in their application (being made on Angular 7 framework). In short, CLI prompts all meant to make things easy such adding any features to the new application.
Why is CLI Prompts Important?
The CLI prompts will help users, I mean developers to find or easily find the built-in features of Angular 7 such as routing and SCSS support. The CLI prompt has been combined to Schematics that will make the subjoining process quite easy with simple command x-prompt. The command will bring out the Schematics collection. That does not mean that it add any new functionality to the Schematics rather it adds new interfaces into co-exists functionality.
Performance of Application
Previously (in the previous version such as Angular 6), it was found that the developers were using the reflect-metadata polyfill in production instead of development. v7 has fixed this issue as the update will automatically remove the plyfills.ts file while including the polyfill as another step and the entire process will be done automatically.
Earlier (in the previous version such as Angular 6) ‘bundle budget’ was missing while v7 has come up with this feature -bundle budget that will warn the developer if the application bundle goes beyond it. For example, if the initial bundle goes over 2MB, you will be notified and it will show an error if it goes over 5MB. However, the bundle budget limit is changeable.
This will initially encourage faster development and help developers create outstanding applications for cross-platform. More than that when you know that you have finished it out in limited bundle budget, your work turns very creative and you get chance to explore more.
Angular Material & CDK
The Component Dev Kit (CDK) of Angular Material came up with stunning updates to provide exciting features and usability. Material design, one hand, receives updates including visuals and others while CDK, on the other hand, receives two stupendous features such as ‘Drag and Drop and ‘Virtual Scrolling.’
The larger files or image affect the performance of an application while the cdkScrollable directive and the ScrollDispatcher service allow an app to perform faster. It supports faster scrolling by implementing loading and unloading elements. Just a little alteration in code such as <cdk-virtual-scroll-viewport> can make things right in app favor.
Drag and Drop
It requires only to add ‘drag and drop features to the app and it will function automatically. It renders automatically and enables the following features such as free dragging, drag handle, re-ordering items and much more. So, many things have turned with this feature.
Supports Native Element
Your application requires native support element to perform faster and provide the enhanced performance. The mat-from-field, using native element will improve the accessibility of the application made on Angular 7.
Angular Elements in v7 receives some exciting updation as it can support content projection. v7 uses web standard for custom elements.
To encourage its partner from the community, which help the framework achieve great success, it has partnered with many new groups that have launched recently. They include;
- Angular Console
Angular 7 has also updated its dependencies on;
- TypeScript 3.1
- RxJS 6.3
- Node 10
It is a much-hyped tool that yet to take a breath out in open as the company has been talking about it since the launch of Angular 6. You need to wait a bit more for the final launching announcement. Currently, it is under active development process.”According to Angular.io”
Many Angular developers have shared their views on Angular 7 and most of them are positive about Google’s product -v7.
“Angular 6 was fantastic as it had everything that a developer required for faster development while the Angular 7 came up with fantastic improvement and it has eradicated most of the loopholes that I personally did not like. For example, polyfills and other bugs,” Saurabh Barot, CTO at Aglowid IT Solutions.
In short, if you have got the opportunity to work on Angular 7, you must share your experience and let us know if you have found any hidden features of it. Positive thoughts and suggestion are appreciated.