Angular 2 is the latest iteration of the amazingly successful application development framework that has been developed by Google. Angular 2 provides everything that is needed to develop complex web based and mobile applications. This includes data management, HTTP services and form handling. So what is new in Angular 2? Why has this update got so many developers up in arms? Below we take a look at some of the major changes in Angular 2, and why they might be bad for existing Angular 1.3 developers.
The Upside and Downside of Angular 2
There can be no doubt that the release of Angular 2 has caused quite a stir. The controversy stems from the almost entirely new direction that Google is taking with Angular 2.Google has stated that the new version of Angular will be mobile focused, entirely modular and modern enough to be used across all mainstream browsers for some time to come.Developers were pleased with this new direction until it became clear that Google has decided to grandfather applications developed using the version 1.3 of Angular. They will not function under Angular 2. Furthermore, no assisted migration tools will be made available to developers who want to redevelop their apps under Angular 2.This has left the development community in turmoil, as dedicated Angular 1.3 developers now face the prospect of either manually migrating their codebase to Angular 2, or switching to a different development platform and starting from scratch.
What’s New in Angular 2?
Is Angular 2 Good or Bad?
For existing developers with complex legacy apps that will need to be redeveloped under Angular 2, then this release might seem like something of a slap in the face from Google. However, overall, the new changes have resulted in a much better development platform, more in line with modern development methodologies.