An Overview of Angular

Angular overview

Are you using Angular? If you are, is it Angular 1 or Angular 2? What can you use it for and how can it make your life easier? Let’s take a look at the programming framework known as Angular, how it came to be, and what it means for you as a software developer.

What Is Angular?

Angular was developed in 2009, by Misko Hevery and Adam Abrons, as a method of using basic HTML tags for complex coding projects. The term “Angular” actually refers to the <carrot brackets> used to input HTML code. Using the Angular framework allowed web designers to create more dynamic content for their web applications, more simply.

After being picked up by Google for use in the development of Google Feedback, Angular surged in popularity, and is currently used by over 1.5 million developers. In 2016, the developers released the updated Angular 2, which can be utilized outside of a web browser, leveraging other libraries for increased versatility.

Angular 2 is generally considered to be superior, but that doesn’t make the first one obsolete for those who are still developing with it. Both Angular 1 and Angular 2 are maintained by Google and developers can use either version, as they so choose.

However, while Google is the one who maintains Angular, it’s an open source framework, so a lot of contributions to the library are made by the public. There’s also an official Angular style guide for ease of use, along with a multitude of user-created tutorials to help you with whatever project you may be working on.

Why Use Angular?

There are a number of benefits to using Angular. It simplifies the app building process by providing you with easy-to-use templates that lay out what you need and what you can do. You can then customize those basic templates for specific design elements or functions you need, either by adding your own extensions or choosing from a plethora of extensions generated by other users like you, who may have been trying to do the same thing in their own app development.

When you’re finished, Angular then turns those templates into fully functional JavaScript code, quickly and easily. It alerts you to errors instantly and provides feedback to help you fix them. It also allows you to reuse code, giving you better consistency and speeding up the development process. And you can develop simultaneously across all platforms without worrying about compatibility issues.

Furthermore, Angular’s versatility means you can use it to develop just about anything. You can use it for dynamic web apps, native mobile apps, and desktop apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Its best usage comes from collecting and using data from forms, but it can also be used for everything from video games to animation and much more.

Angular is fast and straightforward, but also versatile, to help you do whatever you need quickly and simply, without hassle. If you’re involved in app development, particularly with regards to data gathering, it’s a great option to use.

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Author: Chris Fontes