Angular: What Is It and Why Use It?
Frontend web developers of today are fortunate in many ways, even though building simple sites isn’t as easy as it was in the early days of the web. Sure, the market is competitive with skilled individuals seeking lucrative positions or gigs, but there are much better tools available today than ever before to make sleek websites and apps.
Here, we’ll take a cursory look at AngularJS and explain the benefits it provides to the development community.
A quick history of web coding and Angular
Before we look at the history of Angular, understanding the history of web development will help clarify why this framework is among the best on the market.
What are Angular and AngularJS?
Benefits of using Angular
Angular doesn’t strictly adhere to either object-oriented or functional programming principals. The architecture allows webpages or SPAs to be reactive through what is considered to be a more component-based programming style.
The toolsets in AngularJS allow developers to make powerful webpages and apps without writing or rewriting (i.e. copy-pasting) existing code. This is accomplished through the following core features packaged in AngularJS:
- Data-binding. This is perhaps the most useful of AngularJS as it allows the view of a page to update whenever the model changes. Rather than relying on event handlers, you can declare a method on the controller to call so when data changes the model, the control is updated.
- Controller. These modify the behavior of a DOM element in a readable format. This eliminates the need to update the DOM, register callbacks, or manually observe model changes as it can automatically add (or remove) objects from these elements.
- Directives. With this feature, developers can create new HTML vocabulary for webpage or app. These components can be reusable, allowing developers to hide complex DOMs, CSS and behavior which enables the separation of aesthetics and functionality.
- Server Communication. In addition to XHR, AngularJS supports a multitude of backend and third-party libraries. This enables developers to interact with APIs and push or pull data between the client and backend systems.
Of course, there are several features in AngularJS that could be discussed in great detail. From a high-level perspective, this vastly simplifies the work for developers by providing a framework that doesn’t require an absurd amount of code to mimic dynamic or real-time updating based on user (or integrated application) behavior. Too, the separation of the “look” and “action” of an app or site can exist in different code structures which reduces the confusion while debugging.
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As web development has become increasingly complex, it is refreshing to have tools that simplify the process. AngularJS provides an extensive framework that easily extends the capabilities of other web coding languages to create functional, good-looking websites and SPAs.
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