Angular – build big, modular and quite simple

Angular is a framework for developing frontend applications for the web. The modular way of building that allows you to break down your website in manageable and separate modules is the perfect fit for more extensive solutions. Solutions, where both maintenance and development of the codebase in addition to scaling and performance is relevant.

Who else is using Angular? Among an abundance of companies – Danish and international ones – there’s Google, Samsung, Deutsche Bank, Walt Disney, Universal, Danske Bank, VP Securities and Nordea. 

One single framework for all your devices

Angular was published for the first time back in 2010 under the name AngularJS. Google and a community consisting of a variety of companies and individual developers shaped it. Originally, it was meant to create SPAs (Single Page Applications) but in the coming years, competitive frameworks like React and Vue entered the scene. In 2014, the Angular team chose to rewrite the entire framework as a response. Two years later, in 2016, the new “Angular 2” edition was released.
During the first year, significant steps were taken to strengthen the framework’s stability while increasing functionality. In the years to come, the team continued to follow this approach by working hard with stability, performance and new features. The Angular we know today, therefore, has a leading position within large web applications.

What can Angular do for you?

Without a doubt, Angular is a framework that promotes itself for being capable of handling serious and sizeable web applications. However, that doesn’t make it less relevant for your business if your IT department is not huge, and Black Friday isn’t a daily event. If you’re a small or medium-sized company, you can easily choose Angular and simply implement it one brick at a time in selected areas of your website. Thanks to the modular structure, you can expand and reuse components during development, and it offers you the opportunity to create PoC (Proof of Concept) development shortly. That way, you can test ideas without breaking the budget for development.

 

A modular approach – no matter the size of your business

Your company undoubtedly already has a lot of data living in different systems. Most likely, you have one or more APIs exhibiting these data while being used by, for instance, other systems or an iOS/Android app. Maybe your current solution is an old, dusty monolithic one where everything is caught in a muddled maze that no one wants to enter – maybe you want to improve your customers’ experience and at the same time optimize development. No matter the case, with Angular you get:

  • Functional programming with Typescript
  • A modular structure and scalability
  • Increased performance with AOT and Progressive Web Apps
  • Help tools you can actually understand
  • A visual pleasure to navigate in

That was just the teaser – if you want to deep-dive into all the benefits of Angular, then read along:

Goodbye, Javascript – hello Typescript!

Javascript is one of the most criticized web development languages. It has a lot of features, yes, but it rarely considers the consequences of using them. The best comparison is that of a drunken teenager – carelessly making decisions without having thought them through nor thought of their outcomes.
Typescript, on the other hand, is an addition to Javascript that adds a broad selection of functionalities that improve the use of Javascript. It is developed and maintained by Microsoft, so it’s not exactly homemade stuff from the garage. Typescript is the natural next step, and it has genuinely matured one of the most used programming languages worldwide.

 

Modular structure and scalability

Building with modularity is an integrated part of the development when using Angular. You have the option to bulk areas the way it makes the most sense for your business. By bulking and dividing, you can develop several modules at the same time without stepping over someone else’s toes. The modular structure also lets you get the visible parts of the website only. As your business grows, these tools make scalability a lot easier.

Performance

The Angular team has done quite a lot for performance. Already in their early years, they did Ahead-of-time-Compilation (AOT) where a great deal of the code is compiled and optimized – that way, the browser is less heavy and slow when your users access your website. Furthermore, you get the possibility of building Progressive Web Apps that lets you make the most of the browser and the computer’s hardware. The Progressive Web App technology makes it easier to work offline merely by using the built-in functionality of the browser. That way, the entire experience is a lot like “a real app” that you recognize from your smartphone. Also, it allows your users to continue browsing when the Wi-Fi or 4G connections fail them.

 

A growing ecosystem = great help-tools

Having big brother Google by their side, a great deal of help-tools and standard components are unlocked and ready for use, so you don’t have to spend time and resources on developing them internally.

Smooth and alive

The web is no longer just a bunch of static pages – nowadays, your customers are used to aesthetic and seamless experiences when they browse online. Since the very beginning, Angular has supported animation. Your products are premium and so should presenting them online be.

Fortunately, we know a thing or two about Angular

We’ve helped a lot of clients get on board with Angular. We specialize in drawing, explaining, teaching and advising – when it concerns technical knowledge and development – but we’re with you already when talking design and UX early on, where we share our experience in making the most of your Angular site. 

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