Thinking about redoing your website? This article discusses my experience with the popular “Angular” framework people are using to develop websites that work on all devices, desktop and mobile. If you haven’t kept up, Angular 2.2 was released to production last October (2016), and we’re just now beginning to see some major applications nearing completion using the framework. We had a client willing to be the guinea pig, and they let us build their enterprise web application in Angular2, so we’ll share our experience with you.
I think one of my biggest frustrations with this Angular2 project is that because it’s so new, documentation that I find online don’t keep up with the actual Angular2 build. I read articles that are only four months old that I find out no longer applies. And the TypeScript compiler I first used when I started the project, turned out to be deprecated. Argh!
So, any reason to use Angular2, you ask? Well, my final vote is still a Yes. Despite the steep learning curve, I found that towards the end of my project, after I stopped getting stuck, pages that took me 3 days to build in traditional ASP.NET server side took a little less time, and it’s very rewarding to see pages load so fast without having to put so much forethought into caching and other optimizations.
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