AngularJS is a tool for creating large, complex applications. While the framework has been around for a few years, it has not lost any of its power and influence. Developed by Google under the leadership of Misko Hevery, the resulting work has been used by the development community and industry leaders. As a part of the single-page application framework family, the framework reduces development times, increases testing efficiency, and reduces loading times on client servers.
With an initial release in 2009, Angular has seen several updates. The framework is even poised for a major update with the upcoming release of Angular 2.0, which has been talked about for the last several months. Several major organizations use the framework, including Google, NBC.com, Walgreens.com, and ABC.com.
While several other frameworks can do the same thing, here are just a few reasons why we go with Angular.
Saves time ‘in the long run’ by providing clean, modular, reusable architecture.
The framework allows developers to start creating the essence of an application quicker. With the library that comes with Angular, a developer can inject modular code and get start creating features in a matter of hours — instead of days. Since the framework was built to accommodate reusable components, the developer doesn’t have to rewrite a snippet of code that makes up similar components within an application.
For example, a feature that requires a lot of similar components is any type of analytics dashboard. These designs are very graphic and data heavy, and each graph would typically need to be written out individual. When we were creating an interface for an electric car station, we saved time and the client’s budget by creating a template analytical component, and used it throughout the dashboard.
Angular’s code tends to be more reliable.
Angular forces the developers to divide the code into this model, and other architectural patterns. This forced structure makes it easier to code with best practices making it harder to get away with sloppy code.
There are fewer surprises when you launch a site or application.
In the ideal circumstance, a development team would create and launch an application, and see that everything works just right. But, that is rarely the case. To protect the vulnerability of launching an application, developers test the codebase to ensure it works before the public sees an app.
Historically, frameworks are not built with testing in mind. Testing a website or application can be a labors process. Usually, you would have to set up a test and have a person manually go through a site a click on every component — ensuring everything works. Angular, on the other hand, was built to automate this process.
We test Angular with Protractor, an end-to-end test that runs an application using a real browser and interact with it as a real user would. It allows you to drive the browser and test the expected state of your application’s pages. This sort of functional testing is an essential component of any overall testing strategy.
There is no such thing the best framework. However, when we look at the benefits that Angular provides, we cannot help not to use it. It’s made and updated by Google. It has an extensive base of developers who use it. And as discussed in this article, Angular provides a quicker way of creating a reliable code base that can be tested thoroughly. So, why not use Angular?