Businesses can no longer afford slow-running web pages, faulty functionalities in their mobile apps, and service outages in our digitally-driven world. That’s why modern web development targets all these problems, and Google maintained Angular is one of the most trusted choices. With its efficient problem-solving approaches, Angular removes the extra code that developers usually have to write by taking advantage of dependency injection and data binding, accelerating the development process and making it more effective altogether.
From my experience working in a bespoke software development company specialising in Angular, I can see the numerous benefits this web development framework has to offer our enterprise clients. Keeping the code clean, consistent and easy to understand by all developers involved in a project is a number one priority, and that’s where Angular comes into the spotlight.
What’s the Difference Between Angular and AngularJS?
It all started in 2009 when Hevery and Abrons developed their first version of AngularJS, originally intended only to handle JSON files. The API quickly took a more general turn, and by late 2010, AngularJS moved to the GitHub directories, with a purposefully open-source status. However, shortly after that, Google largely overtook the project with the first “real” version of AngularJS was 1.0, released in June 2012. Two years later, a very different version now known by the simplified word Angular, encompassing significant changes and a complete product rewrite.
Keeping in mind that Angular is the evolution of AngularJS, let’s see Angular’s most distinguishing features:
- Controllers: the classic MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture is replaced by a reactive architecture based on web components.
- Scope: Scope and scope inheritance have been simplified.
- Modules: AngularJS modules are replaced by native ES6 modules.
- Policy: The existing definition of the Policy object is removed and replaced by three new types of directives: components, attribute directives, and structural directives.
- jQLite – This lighter version of jQuery was used in AngularJS. It is discontinued in Angular, mainly due to performance issues.
- Bidirectional data connection: For the same performance reasons, this functionality is not available in the codebase. However, it is still possible to implement this mechanism with Angular.
The first step was to grasp is that AngularJS and Angular are two different products, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Now that we know what sets them apart, we can devote ourselves to the crucial benefits of Angular software development.
Why is Angular Good for Web Development?
Development Speed and App Performance
Besides, Angular delivers excellent and seamless performance on mobile devices, especially smartphones, regardless of screen sizes, interfaces or hardware. Plus, the native support for Angular mobile app development is fantastic and offers a high level of scalability. In 2021 when mobile traffic is skyrocketing compared to desktop computers, it’s only logical for businesses to develop high-quality, reliable and intuitive mobile apps.
Flexible App Scaling
Angular web apps scale easily due to their powerful architecture and robust CLI (command-line interface). You can also easily build large SPAs with simplified unit testing and code reusability if you choose Angular software development. Notable examples include the websites of Ryanair, NBA and Forbes.
Angular also comes with modules and core functionality that you’ll need to scale your projects and add additional components, services, or directives. Due to its exceptional performance, flexibility, scalability and the use of TypeScript, Angular is suitable for developing complex applications at the enterprise level, e.g. weather forecasts, video streaming, games and more.
Angular Provides High Security
Cybersecurity has been a major topic throughout the pandemic as many businesses experienced cyber-attacks. In the digitalised society we live in, it is only natural for company executives to aim to build secure software applications that withstand potential threats such as XSS attacks and HTTP vulnerabilities, enforcing a content security policy (CSP) and trusted types to prevent XSS attacks. Angular is also able to catch and fix errors faster to keep your apps and web pages safe.
Plus, Angular treats any value as untrustworthy by default. So, when developers insert a value into the DOM via a property, style, attribute, interpolation, class binding or from a template, Angular quickly “sanitises” untrustworthy values in order to modify them and make them more secure so that they can be inserted.
Angular Software Development Tools
There are numerous development tools coders can choose from while building your Angular project. For instance, tools that make code editing easier include Sublime Text and Aptana, which is also used to develop ReactJS and VueJS apps. In addition, the Angular Universal tool enables convenient rendering with third-party servers.
If the community plays a pivotal role in your decision-making process, Angular is unlikely to catch your attention at first. Hold your judgements though, because the prevailing negative attitudes towards Angular are associated with the problematic Angular 1.0 version, which was difficult to learn. However, the modern version of Angular is straightforward, and most Angular developers actively share and use coding tips in specialised communities to find the right tools or bugs. In addition, Google is constantly releasing updates to Angular and providing developers with around-the-clock technical support.
Author Biography Aleksandrina Vasileva
Aleksandrina is a Content Creator at Dreamix, a custom software development company, and is keen оn innovative technological solutions with a positive impact on our world. Her teaching background, mixed with interests in psychology, drives her to share knowledge. She is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger, always looking for the next inspiration.