What is Angular and why use it?

Angular is a web framework created by Google, used in many modern websites and web-apps. If you use G-Mail, Office365 Online, or Delta, you've used an Angular website before. You may have also used some of these other great Angular apps. In fact, even the site you're on right now uses it!
To be more specific, it is an open-source project for creating lightning-fast Single Page Applications. It is written in TypeScript (a modern programming language based on JavaScript). Open-source means that it is free to use, and also has thousands of professionals working on it. Angular is enterprise-grade, but can be used for a wide range of websites & apps - from very small sites to giant, complicated apps with millions of users.

Pros and Cons of Angular

What are some advantages?

Speed

Angular websites run super fast and fluid. Because it is a SPA (Single-Page App), each click responds almost immediately. This responsive nature has become what users expect on the web, and they no longer want to wait for each link to load.

Realtime

Just like the speed advantage, Angular is built to run in real-time. Clicking buttons and waiting for pages to load is a thing of the past. It's also perfect for streaming data, such as watching sales or stock data in realtime.

Reliable

Because it is written in TypeScript and uses a very modern development style, Angular apps have built-in checks to make sure most bugs will never reach your production site.

Reusable Components

A core value of the platform is to write reusable code - instead of doing things twice. This is very important, both to reduce the development time (and cost) of a project, but also to keep the project maintanable (change something in one spot, and it updates everywhere).

Open-Source (Free!)

Open-source means that it is free to use, and tons of people are using it. You get the expertise of Google engineers, the testing of a global userbase, and the watchful eyes of thousands of developers - all for free. If this sounds too good to be true - remember that everyone benefits from this model; Google doesn't have to pay for testing, and we don't have to pay for the development!

Growing Angular Community

More and more developers are jumping on board. According to NG Conf 2019 (an Angular Conference), the developer community has grown 50% since 2018! As it grows, we get more features, faster performance, and a larger community for support and discussion. Opposed to a declining platform, such as PHP, you won't have to worry about having to redo your site in the near future.

Any disadvantages?

This all sounds great, but there must be a catch?

Steep learning curve

Angular is not easy to learn. Although it is a top choice among professional developers, a typical hobbyist will have trouble trying to wrap their head around how it all works. This is why we recommend hiring an experienced design and development team such as Stateless Studio.

Angular is opinionated

Angular is very opinionated, meaning you must use the tools and techniques it was built for (although we think this is a good thing!). The framework also forces best-practice, meaning there's no "half-ass" way to create web-apps in it (although an inexperienced developer can certainly leave you with a mess!).

What is the difference between AngularJS and Angular?

Stateless Studio uses Angular8 instead of AngularJS. But what's the difference?

AngularJS is the original version, and Angular8 is a huge step forward. It runs much faster, more reliably, and more securely. Best of all, it has many tools to make developers (and therefore Stateless Studio clients) much happier.

Why choose Stateless Studio as your Angular developer?

Creating apps in Angular is Stateless Studio's forte. We choose it for most apps, due to it's flexible nature and performance. Stateless Studio has created it's own tools and templates to be the best Angular developer around. We'd love to answer any questions you have, and help you determine if Angular is right for you. Stateless Studio is a premier Angular developer near Red Bank, New Jersey. Fill out a (very) short form to get in touch, or send us an email to [email protected]!

Further reading

With Angular, we recommend using a Node.js back-end, and hosting on Heroku - so be sure to read about those next!

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