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3 Reasons to Choose AngularJS for Your Next Project

Three reasons why you might choose #AngularJS for your next project.

  • We’ve developed a dynamic, fully-functional demo in a matter of minutes to demonstrate the true power of how easy it is to go from nothing, to a full application.
  • AngularJS is quickly becoming the dominant JavaScript framework for professional web development.
  • AngularJS is a relatively new JavaScript framework by Google, designed to make your front-end development as easy as possible.
  • AngularJS turns this into a simple JavaScript object, as Models, following the MVVM (Model View View-Model) pattern.
  • All of the heavy lifting is intelligently done by AngularJS to find the controller function, create the dependency between the template and the controller, and fetch the data to render it on the screen.

AngularJS is a relatively new JavaScript framework by Google, designed to make your front-end development as easy as possible. There are plenty of frameworks and plugins available. As such, it can…

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AngularJS is a relatively new JavaScript framework by Google, designed to make your front-end development as easy as possible. There are plenty of frameworks and plugins available. As such, it can sometimes prove difficult to sift through all of the noise to find useful tools.

Here are three reasons why you might choose AngularJS for your next project.

This one may seem obvious, but it’s important to remember that many (not all) frameworks are made by hobbyists in the open source community. While passion and drive have forged frameworks, like Cappucino and Knockout, Angular is built and maintained by dedicated (and highly talented) Google engineers. This means you not only have a large open community to learn from, but you also have skilled, highly-available engineers tasked to help you get your Angular questions answered.

This isn’t Google’s first attempt at a JavaScript framework; they first developed their comprehensive Web Toolkit, which compiles Java down to JavaScript, and was used by the Google Wave team extensively. With the rise of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, as both a front-end and back-end language, Google realized that the web was not meant to be written purely in Java.

Version 1.0 was released just under 6 months ago (as of December, 2012) and is being used by a host of applications, ranging from hobby to commercial products. Adoption of AngularJS as a viable framework for client-side development is quickly becoming known to the entire web development community.

Because AngularJS is built by Google, you can be sure that you’re dealing with efficient and reliable code that will scale with your project. If you’re looking for a framework with a solid foundation, Angular is your choice!

Angular, similar to Backbone or JavaScriptMVC, is a complete solution for rapid front-end development. No other plugins or frameworks are necessary to build a data-driven web application. Here’s an overview of Angular’s stand-out features:

tags with little semantic clarity. You need to create extensive and exhaustive CSS classes to express the intention of each object in the DOM. With Angular, you can operate your HTML like XML, giving you endless possibilities for tags and attributes. Angular accomplishes this, via its HTML compiler and the use of directives to trigger behaviors based on the newly-created syntax you write.

Makes HTML your Template. If you’re used to Mustache or Hogan.js, then you can quckly grasp the bracket syntax of Angular’s templating engine, because it’s just HTML. Angular traverses the DOM for these templates, which house the directives mentioned above. The templates are then passed to the AngularJS compiler as DOM elements, which can be extended, executed or reused. This is key, because, now, you have raw DOM components, rather than strings, allowing for direct manipulation and extension of the DOM tree.

These are the fundamental principles that guide AngularJS to creating an efficient, performance-driven, and maintainable front-end codebase. As long as you have a source for storing data, AngularJS can do all of the heavy lifting on the client, while providing a rich, fast experience for the end user.

Getting started with AngularJS is incredibly easy. With a few attributes added to your HTML, you can have a simple Angular app up in under 5 minutes!

element as a template for how we want all of them to look.

that we listed in our double-bracket notation, and a value, which is a string representing the activities that we want to accomplish today.

function ActivitiesListCtrl($scope) { $http.get(‘activities/list.json’).success(function (data) { $scope.activities = data; } }

We’ve simply replaced the native JavaScript array object of hashes with a specialized HTTP GET function, provided by the Angular API. We pass in the name of the file that we watch to fetch from the server (in this case, a JSON file of activities) and we are returned a promise from Angular, much in the same way that the promise pattern works in jQuery.

parameter.

A static to-do list is nice, but the real power stems from how easily we can manipulate the page without having to set up a bunch of JavaScript functions to listen and respond to user interactions. Imagine that we need to sort our activities list alphabetically. Well, we simply add a drop down selector to allow the user to sort the list:

directive to the drop down:

as a way to order our list:

  • . This is what allows AngularJS to automagically turn our HTML option value into a powerful keyword for sorting our activities template.

    Notice how we aren’t listening for user interaction events. Our code isn’t riddled with callbacks and event handlers for dealing with objects we’ve clicked, selected, touched or enabled. All of the heavy lifting is intelligently done by AngularJS to find the controller function, create the dependency between the template and the controller, and fetch the data to render it on the screen.

    AngularJS provides a full and robust tutorial, which creates a very similar web app and expands it even more – all in a matter of minutes!

    AngularJS is quickly becoming the dominant JavaScript framework for professional web development. You can find plenty of AngularJS scripts and apps on Envato Market to help you achieve more with Angular JS, such as cropping tools, online store templates, rating apps, and more.

    In this tutorial:

    If you’re looking for a robust, well-maintained framework for any sized project, I strongly recommend that you take a look at AngularJS. It can be downloaded for free at AngularJS.org, which also contains a wealth of information, including the full API documentation, as well as numerous examples and tutorials that cover every facet of front-end web development. Good luck!

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