How AngularJS Gets Your Website Up and Running Faster

Web developers have a seemingly infinite number of tools and tricks to help them build websites that are useful and attractive, and to do so in a reasonable amount of time. One tool that makes the process of building web applications simpler is AngularJS, an open-source JavaScript MVC (model-view-controller) framework that allows you to build properly structured web applications that can be easily maintained.

Created by Google, AngularJS (also known simply as Angular) is one of the most popular frameworks among both new and experienced web developers. Google describes it as a “structural framework for dynamic web apps,” and notes that it works best for creating one-page web applications that require only JavaScript, CSS, and HTML on the client-side.

AngularJS was specifically designed to make both front end development and testing easier for web developers. Angular is completely extendable and customizable, meaning you can change or replace features to best meet your needs, and it runs without depending on any specific library. Not only can you use HTML to create templates and expand HTML’s syntax to better express the components of your web application, but you can also improve the structure of your JavaScript code. This way, you can more easily test your application.

What really makes Angular attractive, though, is the fact that it significantly speeds up the development of web applications, and in turn, the development of your website. In just a few minutes — in some cases, five minutes or less — you can build a simple Angular app just by adding a few attributes to your HTML scripts. When you are in a time crunch, such a simple framework can make your life easier and ensure that you meet your deadlines.

How Angular JS Speeds Up Your Development

The typical web application is defined by modules that depend on other attributes; in other words, each module is controlled by the actions of other modules in order to create the experience that the user sees. What AngularS software does is enhance HTML to create more powerful and useful templates right in the HTML code, by attaching directives in the form of new attributes, tags, or expressions. Angular also controls what the application does by creating controllers that rely on dependency injection, which makes it easy to structure and test JavaScript.

Some of the other benefits include:

A Google Development Community. One of the major issues with other open source frameworks is that many were developed by hobbyists, which means that they may or may not be as robust or reliable as a commercially developed open source product like Angular.

Because Angular was developed by Google engineers, it not only has a solid community of support behind it, it’s also an efficient and reliable code that is unlikely to give you trouble in the long run. (Still, simply having such a large network of experts ready to help when you do run into issues can help ensure your project continues to move forward.)

An All-Inclusive Solution. Unlike other frameworks, Angular doesn’t require additional frameworks and plugins to work. It’s designed to be a rapid solution, and therefore includes all of the tools and pieces you need to create a rich experience for the user and ensure that the application works fast and does what it’s supposed to do.

Quick Implementation. Again, Angular allows you to set up a simple app in as little as five minutes. Most websites take significantly longer than that, but Angular does allow for some major shortcuts. You can easily set up a page to listen and respond to user commands without needing to include different JavaScript functions for each of them. Just a few short commands and you can easily manipulate the page to do exactly what you need it to do.

Easily testable. Every developer has to deal with software bugs, changes to the requirements of the project, and documentation issues, and as a result has to find ways to develop more efficient testing practices. Because Angular JS uses dependency injection to create and manage dependencies, creating loosely coupled applications is a snap.

AngularJS is undoubtedly simple and powerful, and because of that, is easily the most popular JavaScript framework available. There have been some concerns about its use within the enterprise, due to some changes in the coding structures and compatibility problems, but on the whole, Angular has a great deal of support within the development community.

In fact, most development jobs are requiring applicants to have experience with the framework, and Google itself uses the framework internally. This has led some to predict that there will be significant support for enterprise and legacy versions coming soon, as well as tools for migrating existing web applications to the Angular framework.

For now, though, AngularJS is a solid choice when you need to quickly develop a web application, and get your site up and running in no time. Expect to hear a great deal more about this technology going forward, and for it to continue to dominate the development landscape.

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