5 Reasons to Choose Angular 4 for Your Next Project

  • Oct 30, 2017
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We’ve learned a lot while picking the best JavaScript framework for our web projects. Some of the existing platforms now lose their popularity, some of them, on the contrary, gain strength in the competition. One of such contestants is Angular framework. It made quite an impressive way changing beyond recognition to improve its main features.

Let’s figure out what’s what in the Angular world and find grounds for choosing it as a solution for your next project.

First of all, we should mention that Angular is not afraid of big changes. AngularJS was released in 2010, and six years later we meet Angular 2 with a new set of features differing a lot from the original. But apparently, it wasn’t enough as only six months later we again examine the latest Angular version – Angular 4.

This revolutionary process has given rise to much discussion around the framework. It’s time to know what’s so special about it and why developers prefer using Angular 4.

1. Opportunity to Use TypeScript

Some developers call TypeScript “a thin layer above JavaScript”, but it’s actually a helpful superset if you want to get safer and faster coding.

Beyond this, there are several features of TypeScript that you should know:

  • This is an object-oriented programming.
  • Offers an instrument converting to the code similar to pure JavaScript.
  • Has an API which allows manipulating with the DOM (Document Object Model).
  • Suits for both client-side and server-side development.

We know about TypeScript thanks to Angular because the whole framework is written in this language starting from Angular 2.

2. Clear Data Flow

One of the Angular 4 advantages is its behavior with the app’s data. There are specific inputs and outputs that every app component has. And these are the places where all data flows happen. In other words, you won’t have to deal with scopes or complex hierarchies.

Moreover, Angular has its own change detection function allowing technicians to check for changes in the most efficient way. Working with Angular, you will probably meet OnPush strategy. If you use it throughout all development process, you will run the change detector only on those components that have actually changed.

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3. The Best Animation Engine

The animation engine for Angular web applications mixes two the most famous approaches. On one hand, it has features of Web Animations API – it means that animations can be triggered right from the JS code. But having only this API, developers can do nothing with CSS style sheets.

That’s where the input of CSS Transitions (the second approach) appears. Technicians can work with animation styles using Angular’s component style sheet support.

And even more – in the latest version of Angular, animation function is put into the separate package. It means that if your app doesn’t have animated components, you don’t have to deal with it at all. Earlier, animations were the part of @angular/core module – it means they were included in any application.

4. Universal Rendering

Angular Universal is another beautiful feature Angular 4 has in stock. It makes possible to render your app on a server and gives more opportunities for the project and its users:

  • Users get to the content faster.
  • Web pages can be set up better for SEO activities as JavaScript is not needed to render the content.
  • When users share the website’s link on Facebook, there is a preview image to make the link more understandable.

Angular 4 makes users get to the content faster and better sets up web pages for SEO activities. Click To Tweet

As for the near future, Angular Universal will be able to run not only on Node.js platform. It’s a big joy for the enterprises built fully on .Net or Java – deploying Node servers is certainly not that clear for them.

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5. Lazy Loading for Large-Sized Apps

The moment always comes when an app is big enough containing a fair amount data. With this moment, slow loading comes processing all of the code and assets – that’s when we need lazy loading.

Lazy loading is one of greatest Angular features letting load only the part of the code – the one the user really needs. For example, if there is a special admin UI on the web page, only some people have an access to it, but it hides a good amount of code behind. It would be great if only these several people could use the code of a special section.

Starting from the second Angular version, lazy loading became easily accessible for all developers.

Making Fast and Beautiful Apps with Angular

Angular releases often surprise us – and these surprises are all pleasant. There is no better platform where you can quickly and easily build one-page applications. Having the unique TypeScript language at hand and understandable data flows, you won’t even notice how much extra work you’re not doing anymore.

As for the current Angular version, it continues the tradition of innovative achievements. And the fact that it appeared six months later after the second version shows how much Angular has to say to the world. If you want to make good friends with JavaScript, we strongly recommend getting to know Angular framework better.

For better understanding on how your web product can benefit from Angular 4, you can talk to our technical specialist by leaving your request at info@sliceart.com.ua .

 

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