The Benefits of Switching to Angular

The Angular framework, prior to “Angular2” known as AngularJS, is an excellent tool for developers, programmers and front-end staff. This open source framework, which is maintained by Google, currently on version 6, almost releasing version 7, provides a library of JavaScript code for various website functions. Developers can use Angular to maintain their code shortcuts while maintaining full control when developing Single Page Applications. Developers can use HTML5 templates and external web services to obtain data and bring everything together with JavaScript logic.

JavaScript was developed long before modern marketing strategies and technology advances changed the way people and companies used the internet. Frankly, JavaScript can be a developer’s worst nightmare. The language was developed for UI feedback and running simple animations. Although JavaScript survived to become a flexible OOP language, it has many limitations. [1] Angular solves many of these problems--at least for Single Page Applications and mobile apps.

The Benefits of Angular

The benefits of Angular include significant time savings, faster single-page and app development and an easier learning curve for new programmers. People who are experienced with using HTML just need to learn a few things to begin programming. The advantages of the Angular framework for eCommerce applications include:

Fast Development of Single Page Applications

  • In B2B marketing and sales, there is a continuous demand for new content, customer-centric features and web pages. Using Angular, developers can create SPAs that look like native apps.

Shortcuts for Building Large Hybrid Apps

  • Large apps can be developed by degrees in logical work-path units. For example, app configuration might be one path, or SPA module, while administrative tasks might be another module. Visitors can use browser controls to navigate through the modules.

Outstanding Developer Control

  • Developers enjoy full control, as well as better control over the actual controls. Using a new approach called directives, developers can easily create new attributes and elements. Each directive is testable, and developers can work on them in parallel.

Easier Testing of Complex Apps

  • Angular allows designers to work on separate SPA modules even if they have dependencies on others. Each module can be initialized and tested separately.

Ability to Use Declarative Expression of UI

  • The user interface, or UI, is the backbone of delivering a great customer experience. Developers can use Angular to create highly structured UIs. Angular is intuitive and understands simple declarative language. Using this approach, developers can manipulate the code to make it work. This ability makes work simpler for designers--especially those who aren't programmers.

Fewer Codes to Write

  • The framework reduces the amount of code that designers or programmers need to write. Directives and the app code are separate functions; so different teams can work on both areas simultaneously.

Great Support

  • Angular is supported by IntelliJ IDEA, Google and the Visual Studio .NET IDEs. That makes it a great choice for Single Page Applications.

Putting Things Together

  • In any large project, programmers work in parallel on separate components. When all the components are finished, someone has to write the code that makes them work together. Angular strings things together automatically, which reduces time to market.

Angular suffers some limitations, which is why it's best used for small projects and apps. For example, the framework has these development drawbacks:

  • Complexities that evolved over time
  • Name clashes
  • Bad performance in complex functions
  • Bad abstractions
  • Lack of a "Coded Experience"
  • Third-party modules

Rapid Front-end Development

In today's competitive eCommerce markets, you often need rapid front-end development for Single Page Applications and proprietary apps to counter your competitors or take advantage of marketing opportunities. Using the Angular framework, you can work with your developer at lightning-fast speed to get your app or web page online. Finding a developer that uses Angular can reduce costs and foster greater collaboration between the developer and your IT staff.


[1] AngularJS advantages and limitations

[2] 27 Mobile App Stats That Every Startup Should Know

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