When it comes to popular web application development software, Angular has been at the top of the list since its inception.
Developers-friendly tools, a compelling feature for both developers and designers and MVC (Model-view-controller) capability make the framework absolutely exciting.
If you are new to Angular, we will take you through everything Angular, right from the basic features, functionalities and benefits of it.
At the end of the article, you would be able to get a comprehensive idea of Angular.
What Angular Stands for?
Revolution Begins Here with Angular App Development
In fact, gone are the days when navigating through web application was irritating. Users now don’t had to wait till the entire page gets loaded, especially for those having limited data plan.
So, Angular came up with an outstanding solution – SPA feature. It helps the user by updating only certain or needed part of data, not the entire page. But, Angular does not stand only for this. It has many other fruitful features which we will learn in the following paragraphs.
Importance of Angular
- Angular+ is best known for its unique SPAs (Single Page Applications) features
- Helpful in creating customized Document Object Model
- Offers simple routing and easy code testing features
- Crates reusable components by directives while the framework also provides HTML syntax extension
- Developers get easy integration tools to make an attractive user interface
Updates in Angular – Timeline of Angular
One of the best reasons why Angular is very popular is its continuous updates. Yes, technology is all about evolution. Every time you open the internet, you find something new and that happens due to revolutionary changes that occur frequently in tech industries.
At the same, the tech industry is very large and thick and fast, it comes up with some stunning updates, evolution, changes, and development.
Similarly, Angular has also gone tremendous changes so far and the process still continues.
Google released AngularJS in 2009 and again in 2016 after a long break and within two years of time. After that it released its four updates and fifth is expected to release at the end of October 2018. So, let’s find out what updates Angular has gone through so far.
Let the Journey Begin…
Angular JS -2010
However, AngularJS lacked in some features that needed to make the framework overall complete. At the same time, it is also not fully developer-friendly.
Angular 2 – 2016
After getting some negative reviews regarding performance, features and functionalities of AngularJS, Google launched all-new Angular in September 2016 and named it Angular 2.
Whereas, the Angular 2 was welcomed warmly by all tech enthusiastic for its new, compact, customised and developer-friendly nature.
Angular v4 – Mar 2017
After Angular 2 was released, Google comes up with new version release on every 6 months.
Angular 4 was released in March 2017, skipped Angular 3 due to versioning confusion one of the MonoRepo such as angular/router was already in a 3.X version.
So, it skipped Angular 3 and launched Angular 4 to keep the MonoRepo on the right track.
Angular 4 is known as Angular v4 as the Google decided to keep the name just Angular -not Angular 4.
Coming to its updates, it got some major changes such as Router ParamMap, ngIf and with improvement in some existing functionalities and features.
Angular v5 – Nov 2017
Angular v5 released on November 1, 2017, and got some major changes.
The previous version Angular v4 was focused on making the Angular faster and smaller while the Angular v5 focused more on making it faster, lighter and easier.
Declarative templates, dependency injection, an end to end tooling and other got major updates while some new features were also introduced in Angular v5.
The new updates included TypeScript 2.4, HttpClient, i18N Pipes and much more.
Angular v6 – May 2018
Angular v6 most promising and developers’ favourite framework that Google has ever released.
It has all exciting features that every developer hankers after.
The framework is all new, full of friendly tools, features, compatibilities and functionalities. Angular 6 has received two, out of many, exciting updates and they “ng update” and “ng add”.
These updates have simplified the development process. We have written about Angular v6 updates in our previous blog which you can explore from right here
Benefits of Developing Web App with Angular
Honestly speaking, there is a plethora of development framework, but developers and even clients select Angular framework. All because of it satiate all requirement of both developers as well as clients.
Most of the other frameworks are the best, but for certain things only while Angular offers everything to make a robust application.
Here are some selected benefits of using Angular.
Ease of Learning:
Angular is extremely easy to learn and even a developer with sound programming language can learn this.
Angular works on the mantra “Write Once, Use Anywhere”. That means Angular can work for cross-platform.
It’s a software pattern which offers core components to inject instead of hard coding.
Google’s Angular is more focused on faster, lighter and easier development process that is enough for Angular developers to cheer.
Components that are decoupled with better implementations are easily replaceable. Simply put, it enables efficient code maintenance and update.
There are many things which make Angular different from other, but Angular is all unique and that’s what the first thing which stands it apart from others. Besides, it has various other features which are developers friendly and helps them in faster development.
- DOM that contains Angular markup.
- Dependency Injection outplayed others
Pros and Cons of Angular App Development
Just like anything, Angular also pros and cons, but goodness outplays all bad things. Same applies here.
Pros of Angular
- Angular supports straightforward UI design
- Simple routing features
- Third party library
- Code reusability
- Easy testing
- Easy learning
Cons of Angular
- Directives APIs are complex to form
- A plethora of interactive elements make Angular slow
- Slow original design
- Limited router
- Not Seo Friendly
- Third party integration complexities, though Google promises to solve this
How To Develop Web Application Using AngularJS
This is as simple as asking. How to develop web application is simplified with the step-to-step guide of Angular which you can find from its official website. You will learn everything including how to install and how to start.
All you had to start it is from installing the NodeJs. You can get it from here. The NPM(Node Package Manager) will be installed with NodeJs
First open your Command line and write :
npm –v respectively to check the version of Node and NPM.
Second one you required is to install Angular CLI Using Command
npm install -g @angular/cli
Once done Your Angular App Development Environment is ready to start with new Angular project.
To start a new project with Angular CLI Just Type
ng new my-app in command line and a new project will be generated…
What you got is a files and folder structure of Angular automatically…The Angular Architecture is based on modules that combine services, components and other modules. It starts with the module named app.module.ts.
After this you can start building your project as per your requirement.
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