Angular 6 is Out! What Should Developers And Businesses Expect?

Hamza Mahmood
Jul 5, 2018 · 7 min read

We are halfway in 2018 and the rate at which toolkits and frameworks for the web are being released is unprecedented. In an earlier post, I articulated upon ReactJS — a lightweight Javascript library best suited for developing front-end for web or mobile apps. As popular as the library is these days, I analyzed how businesses can productively employ React into their existing systems by leveraging its features to create visually appealing user interfaces.

Continuing with the pace and keeping up-to-date with front-end platforms, it made sense to talk about the latest Angular 6, that was released exactly two months ago from today. Developers have been anticipating its arrival and data-rich, web-based businesses have been yearning to shift to the next platform, with the intention to improve their existing software solutions.

In this interesting battle to decide which front-end framework works better, the answer to that is — it depends. Each set of tools, packages, libraries or even a small snippet of code have a time and place when it has to serve its purpose when developing a software solution. But instead of diverging, let’s save this discussion for later date, shall we?

A Summary of What Angular Is

Angular combines declarative templates, dependency injection, end-to- end tooling, and integrated best practices to solve development challenges

The framework is best for creating complex out-of-the-box applications with a rich presentation layer. Since it is backed by the Angular Team at Google, also supported by a massive community of developers around the globe, there is plenty of help for software engineers to refer to.

It is important to note that, Angular is a complete re-write of AngularJS; that is v1.0, and have very little in common. They are two different learning curves and it will only be a hassle for companies and developers to invest wasteful time on both. However, versions 4, 5 and 6 are backward compatible with Angular 2.

Enterprises that use Angular as a framework

While researching, I came across this vast portfolio illustrating the companies that are currently using Angular versions 2.0 and beyond: Google, VMWare, Teradata, Youtube TV, CVS, Barnes & Noble, Citibank, Freelancer, AIESEC, Chase, Air Asia, Udacity, Crunchbase, and Kaplan, among the major brands.

As we progress through 2018, it is undeniable that emerging libraries such as React and Vue are triggering developers to jump with joy because of their lightweight nature and shorter learning curve. However, Angular is and will stay relevant in the market. As we can observe from the list above, enterprises who looking to create a solid, fast performing software solution and one that works smoothly with real-time data, still prefer Angular over most modern toolkits.

Okay, so we’re done with the overview. let’s dive deeper into the features included in Angular 6.

1.0 What’s new in Angular 6?

1.1 New CLI commands

ng update is another new Angular-CLI command that simply makes updating project libraries and packages painless.

1.2 Angular Material Design Components

Material Components include the side nav, dashboard, and data-table templates to assist developers in bootstrapping projects quickly. The side-nav starter component includes a nifty toolbar displaying the name of your app with side navigation bar. The Material Dashboard contains a grid list of cards that can adapt dynamically depending upon the event trigger. Lastly, the data table pack comes ready with existing data entries to play around with.

Moreover, Angular 6 now has also added the custom components feature. It goes without saying that this is a direct challenge to React’s capabilities of creating module-like, reusable components.

Developers can import the createCustomElement class and start building their own components right away. They perform similar to React components and can be inserted in any pages of their web application, based on requirements.

1.3 Better Performing Animations

Polyfills are snippets of code that translate another piece of code to a format that would enable it to run smoothly on older browsers. With the oncoming of Angular 6, developers do not need to include the web animation polyfill, saving you 47kb space on your project while also adding Safari support.

As to the question of why I mentioned the exact space size of the polyfill? That is because one of the main objectives while coding a project is to load less code on the browser to preserve the optimal performance of the app.

1.4 Long Term Support (LTS) For Older Versions

This would facilitate small as well as large-scale projects to plan ahead, to carry out the necessary updates to make the shift to newer platforms. A time period of 18 months has been allocated where Angular will try to cater to bug fixes and security loopholes, patching them up to help streamline mission-critical projects.

2.0 Looking At A Business Perspective

2.1 Angular Is A Fully Matured Framework

2.2 Unit Testing Friendly

2.3 Angular is best for creating Progressive Web Apps

For businesses, this entails a quicker development process and faster application deployment on selected app stores. Progressive web apps are hot these days and startups are now more inclined towards creating applications that open up right into their home screens with a press of a button.

3.0 Conclusion

Angular 7 is set to be released this October and it is interesting to find out what ingredients are being cooked by the team working on the soon upcoming release.


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Technology Wizard. Coffee and Motivation. Contributing writer for The Startup Grind and UX Collective