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.
This was written by Akshit Goel, an intern with Swaniti Initiative