Angular 2 : The Language of our Times
I had been itching to learn a new computing language for quite some time, when a friend told me about Angular 2. I was aware of Angular’s existence for it has been universally praised, and more and more websites were choosing it as their front end language. Even Google has dedicated a team specifically for its development. The launch of Angular 4 further cements its status as a mainstay of the technological realm.
Intrigued, I decided to find a little about its performance first before learning it. Its biggest selling point is its ability to create multi-platform apps with support for web, desktop and mobile. A few additions in the code written exclusively for your web application can convert it into a desktop installed application for Windows, Mac, Linux as well as a mobile application for Android and IOS. This enhanced reproducibility saves the time spent in coding for different platforms. A feature which has garnered it many loyalists. Various libraries and projects on GitHub has made it possible to develop complex applications with very few lines of code.
Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are apps which you run in your browser. With PWA you get the complete feel and look of a mobile app with no need to install it on your phone. PWA are designed to run in any browser and screen size but gets a significant performance boost in a few. With push notifications, offline support etc. PWA gives you a complete mobile app performance without ever the need to download or install it. A simple hit on the URL will convert your browser into an app. A compatibility with multiple platforms and an ahead-of-time compilation makes Angular an engine for converting your web application into a Progressive Web App.
Oozing versatility yet easy to learn, the Angular 2 framework is a good investment in a bid to unlock the language of our times: i.e. Angular.
Akshit Goel is a former Intern at Ank Aha.