Top 3 Reasons AngularJS Is Still Relevant

Posted by Tom Starks On August - 8 - 2016

Do a quick search for news stories relating to AngularJS and you are likely to see a lot of comparisons. One developer is comparing AngularJS to Ember.js while another is singing the praises of React.js as a better replacement. It suddenly seems as though AngularJS is the forgotten stepchild nobody in the JavaScript framework world wants to admit using. In reality, AngularJS is still more than relevant. Every software firm would be wise to have at least one AngularJS developer on the payroll.


Not convinced? Here are the top three reasons AngularJS is still relevant:


1. It Is a Google Product


The single most important reason for having an AngularJS developer on your staff is the reality that AngularJS is a Google product. It was developed by Google and continues to be maintained by the Internet monolith. For better or worse, Google is to web-based applications what Microsoft is to operating systems. Developers can continue fighting against Google to find different ways of doing things, which is fine by the way, but the world’s most popular search engine and its associated web applications are not going away.

As long as Google continues to maintain and update AngularJS, it will be a major player in the JavaScript application development arena. What’s more, developers can rest assured they are working with reliable code when they program with AngularJS. If Google engineers cannot make it work, they are not going to put it out for general consumption.


2. Efficient MVC Implementation


If there’s one thing the average software developer knows it is that time is money. The AngularJS developer has an advantage here when it comes to implementation of model view controllers (MVCs), in that AngularJS makes the process seamless and efficient.


As Dzone’s Andrey Prikaznov explained in a May 30 2016 blog post, there are plenty of other JavaScript frameworks that require developers to work with separate MVC components before creating separate code that brings them all together in a single space. Working this way is terribly inefficient. In AngularJS, a developer simply has to create individual MVC elements and leave it at that. The framework manages and integrates the elements for you.


Not having to write the separate code required to unite MVC components is a huge time saver. It also reduces the number of headaches the AngularJS developer has to endure when working on especially complex projects.


3. Parallel Development and Testing


AngularJS is meant to be used on large, complex projects requiring multiple key operations. Its design allows the developer to write code and test in parallel, rather than having to do things in separate environments. Furthermore, all developers working in the same environment can use one another’s code without issue.


As for testing, AngularJS requires stringent testing at every stage of development. The AngularJS team provides the right tools to do this, so developers don’t have to write their own code for testing purposes. Just develop what you want to develop and let the platform take care of the testing.


Despite its many detractors, AngularJS continues to be one of the most used JavaScript frameworks on the net. It is also fully supported and developed by Google, giving it added strength of both reputation and reliability. Best of all, the Google team recently released a complete rewrite of the platform called Angular 2.0. The rewrite has taken what was already an excellent JavaScript framework and made it better than ever.


And that’s why AngularJS continues to be relevant. If your company does not have an AngularJS developer on staff, that needs to change sooner rather than later.


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