In 2016, Google launched the successor of its most popular web framework, Angular JS. It was named ‘Angular’ and is also referred to as Angular2+ or AngularV2. Recently, Google launched the stable release of Angular and this is expected to give an extensive boost to its user base (web and mobile app developers). Also, Google has announced that it will end its official support for AngularJS on June 30, 2021.
What exactly is this framework capable of doing for an enterprise? How is it different from its predecessor and what are the abilities that make it stand apart? What makes it one of the most preferred choices for building scalable and versatile applications. Let’s understand.
Why Angular for Enterprise Applications?
Frameworks are a great aid for the developers. They help them follow a standard while coding and ensures that developers don’t have to repeat lines of code for some common tasks. This not only reduces the time-to-market but also allows the development team to focus on more productive and logical tasks.
For an enterprise application, scalability, performance, and time-to-market are the key contributors behind a technology selection for development. When Angular is taken into consideration for building dynamic web applications, the following factors stand in support of this multifaceted technology by Google:
- The Component-Driven Architecture
An Angular application can be considered as a tree of components, wherein, each component is associated with another and collaboratively makes up an application. A component is the smallest building block of an application.
Angular embraces reactive programming, which means, every component in the application knows how to react to an external event (for example, what to do when a user taps/clicks a button). Based on how the components work, the Angular components are categorized as:
- Container components: They know how to get data and work with services
- Presentation components: These components need to be fed with data
Reusability is another advantage of a component-driven architecture. Once a component for a page is developed, it can be reused in multiple pages of the application, thereby reducing the overall development time, lowers the error rate, and testing time.
- Support for Cross-Platform Development
Angular is a comprehensive solution for developing UI of applications. A code that’s written for a web application can be reused on different platforms, such as mobile web, native mobile, and native desktop.
This approach is used by Angular developers at Daffodil in many of their projects. One such project is for NeGD. In this long-term project for Digital India Corporation, Daffodil used Angular as the core technology behind web app development and for the services in the mobile app. While the mobile apps were natively developed using Swift and Java language, the services are rendered in the web view, built using the same Angular codebase used in the web. This code-reusability across different platforms accelerated the development cycle to a great extent.
To know more about how Angular was smartly used in this project for cross-platform app development, download the full case study. The document elaborates on how Daffodil is helping NeGD to advance the Digital India campaign by adding 1200+ government services to its UMANG app.
- Tools for Faster, Scalable Development
A template is an HTML snippet that tells Angular about how a component should be rendered in an application. The HTML authored templates in Angular informs about how
components should be structured and how they behave. With Angular, developers can build features using declarative templates. Developers can choose from a wide array of templates that exists already so that there is a focus on building apps rather than making the code work.
Along with this, Angular uses various observables for handling asynchronous tasks. Observables help to define custom events that help to send data from a child to a parent component. With Angular, huge data requirements can be met by building data models on RxJS, Immutable.js, or other push models.
Types of Apps that can be built with Angular
Considering the benefits that Angular brings along, it can be a smart choice for building dynamic apps, in varied domains. Here are a few examples of types of apps that can be built using Angular:
- Single-Page Application
A Single-Page Application (SPA) is a type of web app wherein the UI components interact with the web browser dynamically by rewriting the current web page with new data from the browser. Angular is a great choice for building SPAs because of its data management and routing capabilities.
- Scalable Web Apps
Along with SPAs, Angular can be chosen for building scalable web applications. Using component-based architecture, building an app and scaling it without having an impact on the overall application is a possibility with Angular.
- Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
Progressive Web App defines the new era of the mobile web. PWAs offer app-like experience on mobile-browser. Along with the look-and-feel of a mobile app, PWAs also offer the functionality of an app, such as home screen shortcut , push notifications, etc. PWAs are supported by almost all web browsers, giving a mobile app-like experience on the web.
- Interfaces with Animations
Intuitive and engaging web designs give a competitive edge. For websites in the domain, such as edutainment, where animations are included to engage the students, Angular can be the right choice.
- Apps with Server-Side Rendering
Angular is known to improve the performance of apps with client-side rendering. It helps in quick loading of the pages, offers better user experience on mobile and low-powered devices.
Moreover, Angular is preferred for apps with server-side rendering. It improves the page load speed, frontend from the SEO perspective, giving better visibility to web apps on the search engine.
- Mobile Apps
As discussed above, the frontend code can be reused between web and mobile for faster development and reduced development time.
Building Enterprise Apps using Angular
To get started with an enterprise app using Angular, connect with our tech-team and share your business requirements with them. They will understand the app requirements, refine them, define the timeline, and suggest a budget for building it. For this, you can schedule a no-obligation consultation session with them, which is absolutely FREE of cost.
At Daffodil, we have a team of experienced Angular developers who can convert your business idea into a comprehensive solution by making the most of this Typescript framework by Google.