Over the last 6 months, AngularJS has become the frontend framework of choice for SSW developers. They are all excited to be leveraging the combination of AngularJS and MVC in order to provide amazing user experiences.
Senior developers at SSW are excited to use AngularJS to make more responsive client side applications with a clear Separation of Concerns (SoC).
“Basically it’s MVC for your client side”
Mark Liu – Solution Architect at SSW
FireBootCamp.com attendees found using AngularJS and MVC an enlightening experience while building sswlinkauditor.com. Having the front end being able to leverage the backend power with technologies such as Microsoft Azure and ASP.NET WebAPI2 made AngularJS sing.
“What I loved about Angular was we were able to easily update live data and move between webpages without refreshing.”
Duncan Hunter – FireBootCamp Attendee
AngularJS delivers a better user experience while building maintainable and scalable web applications for the reasons outlined below:
1. Great for users
The main benefit of using AngularJS is it delivers a great user experience. An example of this is Gmail from Google which allows a user to search, read and compose emails all on a single page with no refreshing while being superfast. This type of Single Page Application (SPA) style is more intuitive, fast and smooth and is what AngularJS can help achieve.
Until now, the necessary evil of having to wait for a web application to load while watching a spinning disc or even worse just a blank white screen, have plagued users. AngularJS helps to alleviate this problem by removing the need to refresh the page each time the developer wants to update the UI. AngularJS means a fast and fluent user experience.
The great user experience examples do not stop at page refreshes. There are hundreds of examples from live streaming data for chart updates to instant form validation that help enhance a user’s experience. Previously these types of UI magic were complicated and time consuming to create.
2. Great for developers
SSW has loved Knockout for years because of its simple two way data binding abilities and it is still a great option, but it is missing many other features AngularJS has. AngularJS provides routing, directives, animations and more making it a more complete frontend framework.
AngularJS uses the familiar and standard Model View Controller pattern with Dependency Injection helping keep to the principal of ‘Separation of Concerns’ for different pieces of the code base. This helps make scaling or changing the code base a manageable task.
3. Has a large and increasing market share
AngularJS is by far the most popular frontend framework (see figure 1) but with a new framework being released almost every week it is important to invest in one which has the best promise for a long life span.
There are two main reasons why AngularJS promises to continue to grow and be well supported. Firstly AngularJS is built by Google who have a dedicated full time AngularJS development team which is bigger than most other frontend framework teams, often being run by only a handful or core developers on top of their day jobs.
Figure: AngularJS wins the market share on Google (see http://www.google.com/trends/ )
4. A large active community
Figure: 1041 contributors for AngularJS – that makes it pretty popular (see https://github.com/angular/angular.js )
5. Awesome third party tools
AngularJS has a big advantage over other frontend frameworks because it has a big number third party tools, both open source and commercial. Popular tools like Telerik’s Kendo UI for example have a suite of frontend charts and widgets fully compatible with Angular UI. However you are spoiled for choice with the open source Angular D3 charts, this being just one example of the numerous third party tools available and growing daily.
6. The future is 2.0
Moving to Angular was evolutionary for SSW, not a move to the Virgo Supercluster. SSW will continue to build great enterprise websites and I am excited that most of these in 2015 will be built with AngularJS and MVC. We will keep refining our best practices and how to deliver the best user experience available with a solid, maintainable backend.
Want to get started with AngularJS? Catch SSW’s upcoming webinar, hosted by Ben Cull, to learn how you can combine AngularJS and ASP.NET MVC for next generation web applications.