The Evolution of AngularJS
To better understand what this means, let’s go back in time to the origins of the web.
In the beginning, developers used HTML to create static documents with hyperlinks, allowing navigation between them. These would mainly have been academic documents with headings, paragraphs, and tables showing scientific data.
Common Gateway Interface
But, in 1993, with the creation of the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), it became possible to display dynamic content generated by server-side applications. One of the first languages used for this purpose was Perl, followed by other languages/platforms such as Java, ASP.NET, PHP, Ruby, ColdFusion and Python. Because of that, interacting with any complex application through the browser wasn’t an enjoyable task, and it was hard to experience the same level of interaction provided by desktop applications.
The goal of web development has always been to create a rich, interactive user experience at a level that you get with desktop applications. However, the technology kept moving forward, at first with technologies such as Flash, Flex and Silverlight, which provided a fantastic user experience through plugins.
This was just as well. In 2012 Steve Jobs released a statement that said Apple would no longer support Flash-based applications on any of their devices due to security concerns and the tendency for Flash to crash Apple’s Safari browser.
Advances in libraries
In October 2010, AngularJS became part of this new generation of libraries and frameworks to support the development of more productive, flexible, maintainable, and testable web applications.
To achieve this, AngularJS empowers traditional HTML by extending its current vocabulary, making the life of developers easier. The result is the development of expressive, reusable, and maintainable application components, leaving behind a lot of unnecessary code and keeping the team focused on valuable and important things.
The benefits of AngularJS
Nowadays, we have a visual and interactive expectation when visiting and using web applications. We expect dynamic content to appear on our screens often without the need to refresh our browsers. AngularJS is one framework that allows developers to create this experience for end-users. And through the use of an MVC based pattern allows developers to build applications quickly and, just as importantly, maintain them easily.
Here are some other benefits of AngularJS.
- Relatively easy to learn
- It’s supported by Google.
- Because Google supports AngularJs, it has a huge network of programmers to offer advice and suggestions if needed.
- Promotes re-using code
- If you’ve developed the necessary code for different applications, it can be re-used in others.
- Faster development of applications
- Because it is an MVC framework, it means that AngularJS can handle testing and maintenance quickly.
AngularJS vs React
AngularJS is not the only show in town, and other frameworks like React are available. Below is some information about ReactJS.
- Allows you to build UI Components
- It is backed by Facebook
- Offers Uni-directional binding
- Offers ultra-fast performance
- If you make a mistake in React, it will tell you how to fix it and link you to the help docs.
AngularJS vs NodeJS
Node JS is excellent for quickly building scalable back-end networking apps, whereas AngularJS is for single-page front end apps. Here is some information on NodeJS.
- NodeJS needs to be installed on your computer
- It is great for small-sized projects
- It’s helpful in generating database queries
- NodeJS is great for when something scalable is needed quickly
AngularJS vs VueJS
VueJS uses HTML-based syntax and is said to be easier to learn than Angular. Here is some information on VueJS.
- VueJS is great for lighter projects
- VueJS is strictly for client-side projects
- Vue is great for creating projects quickly.
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