What is the future of Angular?
Future is not certain, it does not follow some specific path but if you dig deep enough into the present and past data, you might have a shot at depicting multiple possibilities for the future. There is no doubt in the fact that the Angular development framework is becoming more robust and the applications made through it chart high performance with the release of every new version. But how is the future of this development technology? We will have a quick peek at a few aspects that are in progress and would soon be a part of the releases of the future versions and are also considered as superior practices to develop angular applications.
Some special and futuristic features of Angular
1. Inline critical styles would make Universal applications work faster
Loading the external stylesheets is one of those blocking operations where the browser would not start rendering your app until all the referenced CSS is loaded. If you have a render-blocking resource right on the header of your page then it would negatively affect the load performance of your web application.
2. Better Angular error messages leads to enhanced debugging
Error messages carry very little information for developers to take any actions to resolve them successfully. It is heard that the angular team is going to make the error messages more discoverable. This is accomplished with the addition of developing guides, associated codes, and more relevant materials. Better error messages can ensure a smoother experience for developers in debugging.
3. Changing the Angular language services to Ivy
The angular team has initiated this project with a goal to eliminate legacy dependency and enhance the experience by making a shift from angular language services to Ivy. The language services in angular and in Ivy applications are still using type checking and the View Engine Compiler.
The type checking should be improved. They also leverage the Ivy template parser for angular language services so that it can match the behavior of an app. Such a migration is a step forward which will eventually open many paths of improvements for angular like removing View Engine. This removal will simplify the angular framework and would improve its maintainability and minimize the size of the npm package.
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4. Native Trusted Types strengthen the security
Angular team has collaborated with the security team of Google to add support to the new Trusted Types APIs. The better supported the web platform APIs, the more secure web apps developers can build using it.
5. Integrate MDC Weblink to improve the material components of Angular
The Google Material design team has created a library called MDC Web. It will offer reusable primitives to build MDC. The primitives will be incorporated into the Angular Material by the Angular team. Making use of MDC Web is the best way to align Angular Material with the Material Design specifications. It will not only expand the accessibility but also improve the team’s velocity as well as the quality of the component.
6. Optimized build speed and bundle sizes with Angular CLI webpack 5
The opt-in preview of webpack 5 was introduced in Angular CLI with the v11 release. The Angular team will keep iterating on its implementation so that it can allow you to improve the bundle size and build speed. This in the long term provides stability.
7. Angular DevTools enables performance profiling and accelerated debugging
The work is in progress on angular development tools that can offer utilities for performance profiling and accelerated debugging. The aim of this project is to help the developers understand the change detection and the structure of the component in an angular application.
In this blog, I have tried my best to cover the points which I think will have a huge impact in the future on the development of angular applications and their performance. I hope this might help you with what you can expect from the framework in its future releases. On an important note – everything we have discussed here, every single point about the new features has been referred to from the official roadmap released by the angular team. So it is highly possible that these won’t be just other so-called concepts and will be shaped into reality in the upcoming releases until the team won’t find it technically possible to make that happen.
There were many more technicalities that were in progress at angular mentioned in the official roadmap out of which a few were internal improvements. But as the topic of this blog was the future of angular, I have included only those points that would have a high impact on the development and the performance of the angular apps. If you wish to know more, you can refer to the official roadmap which is published on angular’s official website.