Angular

Angular

An open-source front-end framework developed by Google.

Build high-performing single-page web applications with this popular front-end Javascript framework.

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What is Angular?

Angular was developed at Google in 2009 and has since gained popularity as an easier way to create effective, high-performance web applications. It is optimized in terms of speed, SEO and cross-platform compatibility. It also boasts a healthy and active community.

 

Angular Versions: AngularJS vs. Angular 2+

The first version release of Angular was called AngularJS. This new architecture reduced development efforts for website or applications which required dynamic elements.

In September 2016, Google released Angular 2. This was a complete rewrite of the original framework by the same team. It was designed to cater for the evolving requirements of the modern web.

Since Angular 2, new versions of Angular have been identified by numbered releases (e.g. Angular 7, Angular 8 etc.). Today, people use Angular – rather than AngularJS – to refer to any version from Angular 2 onwards.

 

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Why should I use Angular?

Angular is popular because it helps teams efficiently build single page applications (SPA). SPAs can provide an enhanced user experience. Angular routing means there is no reload between page navigation and, as a result, it can make websites or applications feel faster and more responsive for end users.

There are also benefits for developers too. In Google’s own words, “Angular is a development platform that aims to make web development feel effortless, focused on developer productivity, speed and testability. Applications built with Angular can be deployed to mobile devices and desktops as websites and native applications.”

Not only can this benefit a team’s productivity, but it may also lead to improved satisfaction amongst developers. 

The fact that Angular is developed and maintained by one of the world’s largest companies, Google, helps to guarantee the stability and support of the framework in a fast-changing tech world. 

In addition, the large Angular community means that there the ecosystem comes with tools and plugins that can easily be added to applications via the Angular CLI

 

Steep learning curve

While Angular is a highly popular framework, there are some points to consider before you, your team or your business commits to it. 

Angular is an opinionated framework which has a particular way of doing things. Angular components are the fundamental building blocks of Angular applications: they control views and bring functionality into apps. 

For developers without knowledge of the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture picking up Angular may be more difficult.

Furthermore, Angular is written in TypeScript (as opposed to plain JavaScript). This introduces extra overhead and potentially makes code less accessible to non-developers.

While the large Angular community can help provide information and support, to really get the most out of the framework your team will need dedicated experts.

 

How many people are using Angular?

The Stack Overflow developer survey 2019 showed that Angular is still a very popular, widely used framework. 

Amongst professional developers, Angular/Angular.js ranks as the second most popular framework with 32.4% of the vote.

The reasons for such a high rank are clear: this frontend tool is equipped with robust components to help developers write readable, maintainable, and easy-to-use code.

For businesses and for IT professionals it means it is easier to get hired / build knowledge through Angular tutorials.

 

Applications using Angular

Angular is used by Google for public-facing sites such as Google Cloud Platform and AdWords, as well as many internal tools.

According to site madewithangular.com, many other Fortune 500 companies such as UPS, McDonalds and Autodesk are currently using or have used Angular on public-facing web applications. 

 

Battle of the front-end JavaScript frameworks: React vs Angular

Today, there are various alternative front-end frameworks such as React and Vue which provide similar benefits.

In 2019, more developers (including non-professional) say they use React.js than Angular – which is a switch from last year.

Angular/Angular.js: 30.7%

React: 31.3%

In recent years, React (developed at Facebook) has gained a lot of momentum and is vying for the top spot of most popular front-end JavaScript framework. Other frameworks such as Vue.js or Ember.js are also viable options however they have seen lower rates of adoption than Angular or React.

 

How to use Angular

Hire or develop expertise: Whether it’s you or your team, you will need the right skills to be able to build an effective, professional Angular application.

Engage: Join in with the Angular community to upskill and find relevant support. 

Test: Understand how to test Angular apps to ensure stability and reliability.

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