AngularJS stands for “A” in MEAN and is a front-end web application framework. Coupled with MongoDB, Express.js, and Node.js, it perfectly serves for CRUD, real-time, or single-page applications, extending the functionality of HTML. By design, Angular handles the heavy lifting of DOM manipulation, allows development of front-end and backend in parallel, provides the structure for building an application. AngularJS examples can be found on the websites of Intel, Google, HBO, so let’s find out why it has such popularity.
When the model changes in the process, developers usually have to manually manipulate the DOM elements to reflect these changes. AngularJS eliminates this aspect by providing data-binding and saves developers from writing a considerable amount of code. Data-binding automatically updates the view when the model changes and vice versa. It saves time and lets programmers focus on the application.
Directives are used to create custom HTML tags instead of simulating the DOM elements. They provide rich HTML, so developers could use it according to the requirements. In such way, programmers have to just assign the right attribute to the elements. MVC model does not require the directives now and can focus on updating the view with the new data.
A deep link is a hypertext link to a page on a website other than its home page. The “deep” refers to the depth of the page in a site’s hierarchical structure of pages. AngularJS with its deep linking allows users to bookmark and email links to locations within the app. It helps in getting indexed so that these links can be easily searchable by search engines.
Dependency injection helps to easily understand how the application is built. It is very helpful for web development and testing and clears up what components don’t fit the project’s need and can be replaced.
Model-View-Whatever is a term that outlines the capability of the framework to give the developer the option to choose between MVC and MVVM patterns. Whatever works for you can be used in your work. MVC is a design approach for dividing an application into different parts: Model, View, and Controller, which works with different logic. This pattern is useful for the reuse of object code and significantly reduce the time it takes to develop UI. AngularJS implements something closer to MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel). The developers have to build all the components separately and then have to combine them together with some code and applied logic to fix them in a single application.
Examined some of AngularJS features, we can say that this client-side technology is an effective tool for front-end development. With it developers can build well-structured, testable, and maintainable web applications. The framework allows writing less code and still get the complete functionality. It provides reusable components which save a lot of development time. The flexibility of a framework ensures the development of a wide range of websites: it is a great option for single-page, CRUD applications, as well as for apps built on top of a RESTful API.