Design your own car. Customise your perfect pizza. A few years ago, building this type of interaction-intensive web application was highly complex and labour-intensive. Now, open-source frameworks like AngularJS make developing these rich interactions faster and easier.
AngularJS for dummies
Let’s start with an analogy to set the context for Angular’s strengths.
We’ve picked out a few of Angular’s key strengths here:
- Data binding: A few years ago, a user’s input would have to be sent to the server for immediate processing, then the page re-drawn to show the new data. Data binding as with AngularJS has revolutionised this process by making user input immediately available for the website’s code for further action.
- MVC model: MVC is a software architecture that separates the visual appearance of the page from its database and from its data-transforming code. This is most often a benefit for your designers and developers who are able to work simultaneously without impacting each other.
- Dependency injection: Angular is designed to have a “plug-and-play” style architecture. In other words, it’s easy for your developer to swap components in and out with minimal fuss.
- Templates: Angular templates are written in HTML and contain Angular-specific elements and attributes. The best part about this is that it combines with model and controller information to render the dynamic view.
By now many of our readers may have glazed over, so let’s bring it back to laymen terms. Remember the house analogy.
Reasons to choose AngularJS?
First, it’s developed and maintained by Google. That means that there’s an extensive community to learn from, as well as talented and available engineers to answer your questions. If Google’s backing it, you can bet it’s a solid foundation built on efficient and reliable code.
Second, and this is a big one, with AngularJS there’s less code to write. Angular does a lot of the heavy lifting around managing user inputs and synchronising data between the server and your web page. With this, your developers will be empowered to produce a more robust solution, while your end users will be impressed and immersed in a smarter, more interactive experience. Also, smarter (less) code could even mean less development time, which means less $$.
AngularJS is brilliant for data and interaction-intensive tasks, but it’s not for every website. For instance, it provides no real advantage for simple text and image-focused sites. The learning curve is hard and steep, of that there’s no doubt. But for data and interaction-intensive web pages, it’s likely to be worth the considerable heart-ache of learning AngularJS.
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