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Angular 2.0 vs Angular 1.4. What fits you best?

Since 2010, when the first Angular web application framework was launched by Google, the technology has promptly become one of the hottest. The release of Angular 2.0 was no less a sensation; to give you some idea - the jump between it’s beta and final versions has lasted for over 2 years, thus was accompanied by numerous rumors, questions, guesses and concerns. Angular 2.0 was created as a well performing and easy to learn web framework. However, Angular 1.4 still functions and is commonly used by programmers. So what fits you best? Let’s come to know the particulars further on.

But before we take a gander into the distinctive features of both frameworks it worth mentioning that Angular 2.0 is not an update for Angular 1.4, as it was completely rewritten and includes considerable changes. At the same time, many of the core concepts and conventions are mutual for both frameworks.

Mobile support

The initial issue that has to be figured out while choosing between Angular 1.4 and Angular 2.0 concerns the nature of the application, which is to be developed. Angular 1.4 comprised no idea for mobile support, and was firstly released to develop bulky JavaScript applications. Though it was implemented in frameworks like Ionic and Cordova, user experience left much to be desired. In contrast, Angular 2.0 was meant to be mobile from the very start. Mobile devices when compared to traditional computers have many limitations and distinctive features – touch interfaces, screen size, hardware, processing power etc. This has all been considered in Angular 2.0. Provided with http-solicitations and structures’ backing it is a complete toolkit to build a web application.

Boosted performance

First benchmarks tried out on Angular 2.0 showed an astounding rendering performance versus the ones done on Angular 1.4. Alike to other modern frameworks, Angular 2.0 can boost performance by rendering HTML on a server. Depending on design of an application or website, this isomorphic rendering makes user experience hair-triggered.

However, pre-rendering is not the only achievement. Whilst Angular 1.4 is limited to browser-based environments, Angular 2.0 becomes portable to native mobile by means of integrating with NativeScript – an open source library linking JavaScript to mobile.

Simplicity

In Angular 1.4 the developers have to operate with Controllers, Factories, Providers, Services and other confusing concepts. On the other hand, Angular 2.0 was meant to simplify the coding process by rather focusing on JavaScript Classes. Here controllers and directives were replaced with components, being remarkably easier to read.

Angular 2.0 is entirely written in TypeScript and matches the ECMAScript 6 specifications (modules, class frameworks, sort support etc).

Due to the fact that TypeScript is originally from Microsoft, Angular 2.0 will be supposedly preferred by .NET developers. Being an open source, TypeScript includes many aspects of object orientation like interfaces and inheritance. It also adds functionality considering libraries. Being just a framework Angular 2.0 couples different features, thus other libraries can easily be used. For instance, MongoDB interface can be used, as it already has a connector in TypeScript.

Conclusion

Angular 2.0 is a result of years of user experience with earlier Angular, thus offering a great number of distinctive and high-grade advancements. Ultimately, if you are one of those, constantly following the fast-shifting IT-trends, seeking to enrich your product with modern features, Angular 2.0 is something that you will relish.

However, there are two yet substantial advantages to stand for Angular 1.4. First and foremost, developers are far more familiar with it compared to Angular 2.0, consequently, it’s more reasonable to be used in terms of tight deadlines or scarce development resources. Angular 1.4 is not in beta like Angular 2.0, ensuring less flaws and sharp edges. The last yet not least, being far too long at stage Angular 1.4 is a chock of bug fixes, features, and performance enhancements, ensuring less flaws and sharp edges.

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