3 Reasons Software Development Teams Love AngularJS

There are things to hate about every JavaScript framework used to create web applications. Perhaps the most hated aspect of AngularJS is its backward compatibility, or rather the lack thereof. Yet that has not stopped developers from embracing it with all the passion of Joey Chestnut at a Coney Island hot dog eating contest. AngularJS development still rules the roost for mobile apps.

The most recent release of AngularJS is now being picked apart by developers looking to find all of its strengths and weaknesses. In the end, it is almost guaranteed to remain atop the development throne. Here are three reasons for that likelihood:

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1. AngularJS Encourages Agile Software Development

If there is one thing AngularJS doesn’t do well, it is playing in the waterfall development sandbox. The waterfall environment requires a systematic approach that originates at the top and trickles down. While it is possible to use the AngularJS framework in a waterfall scenario, it is neither easy nor necessary. AngularJS is much better suited to agile software development.

Let’s say you are developing a brand-new mobile app with just six months to complete the project. The design team may have to wait as long as three or four months, in a waterfall environment, before they can do any real work. Expecting them to finish up on time is not realistic. But utilizing the AngularJS platform in an agile environment changes things. AngularJS development allows both the engineers and designers to work simultaneously as long as they are capable of communicating. Both teams can wrap up their work well before the six-month deadline.

2. AngularJS Works Well with Single Page

There’s little arguing that AngularJS development is primarily aimed at creating the latest web applications. With that in mind, being able to create a single page application is imperative when you’re talking about smartphones. Yes, other frameworks can be used to create single page apps, but AngularJS is one of the easiest to do it in. The framework easily supports complex applications that move functionality from the device to the web without sacrificing performance. In the hands of a skilled developer, the framework can be used to create something that feels like a native app even though it’s not.

3. AngularJS Promotes a Smoother Workflow

The third reason software developers love AngularJS might be difficult to prove if you have never used it before. AngularJS absolutely promotes a smoother workflow even though other technologies are capable of the same thing. Like the previous point, AngularJS makes it a lot easier.

For example, a module written with AngularJS can go to the UI designer who can add a ton of HTML without breaking anything. The module can return to the AngularJS developer for modifications, then back to the designer for more HTML. This process can move back and forth seamlessly. This smoother workflow increases productivity and reduces delivery time.

One of the Best Products for Now

There’s no way to say for sure how long AngularJS will remain the dominant framework for mobile apps. But it is the best product on the market now. Despite a few weaknesses, it is stronger than its competitors on multiple levels. Indeed, there are more reasons developers love the framework than are listed here.

It could be that ReactJS will someday take over as the dominant JavaScript framework. Or it could be that both ReactJS and AngularJS development will be replaced by ‘The Next Big Thing’ to come along in 2017 or beyond. But for now, embracing AngularJS for the development of mobile apps is one of the smartest moves a software company can make.

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