For Which Web Apps Is AngularJS Best Suited?Posted by Itay Herskovits on Mar 10, 2015
Somewhat related to RESTful applications are data-driven CRUD (Create, Retrieve, Update, Delete) applications, and once again this type of application is ideally suited to AngularJS. Angular’s use of two-way data binding allows you to synchronize the data changes made by the user with the data store, and likewise update the user interface with any subsequent data changes. Ultimately this focus on UI and data presentation allows the developer to build a solid, responsive CRUD front-end on top of a dynamic data store using AngularJS as the driver. Couple this with a deep focus on unit testing built into the framework, which results in a much more stable code base, and your CRUD application can provide a highly-responsive and resilient user experience using AngularJS.
Single Page Applications
In many ways, Single Page Applications are the very core of what AngularJS was designed to do. Using two sub-components – ng-route and ng-view – you can achieve complex user interactions without having a large and diverse HTML ecosystem underlying the application. Angular’s extensive use of templates for data integration allows you to import and render different portions of your app as necessary, providing a dynamic and responsive user experience on a single page. This focus on the representation of the data as opposed to manipulation of the presentation schema allows developers to focus on the data as a concept, rather than its representation and implementation, resulting in more compact code that represents coherent functionality reflecting the underlying data.
The flexibility of a framework like AngularJS can apply across a large range of application types, but there are some functional areas in which Angular really shows its strengths. Applications built on top of a RESTful API work very well with Angular, with two-way data binding allowing for immediate calls back to the underlying API to reflect user interface changes. Likewise data-driven CRUD applications are ideally suited to AngularJS, which can quickly react to underlying data store modifications and present the changes to the user in a concise and accurate fashion. Finally, single-page applications are at the very core of what AngularJS does best, allowing the developer to focus on the concepts inherent in their web application as opposed to the particulars of representing specific instances of data. Ultimately AngularJS is flexible enough to function in any number of web application types – it is simply a matter of understanding where Angular’s strengths lie and applying them appropriately.
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