It is not unknown that AngularJS stands as one of the most widely used Web Development Frameworks. And I have already written a blog dedicated entirely to What is AngularJS and its advantages. But What’s missing in that blog is information regarding the various AngularJS Frameworks that further simplifies Application Development. So In this blog, I am going to jot down the Top AngularJS Frameworks recommended by expert AngularJS developers at ChromeInfotech.
But before that, I would like to answer some questions that people often ask about AngularJS:
What is AngularJS and Why is AngularJS used?
What is the difference between AngularJS and Angular 2?
Angular2 is the newer version and a complete rewrite of AngularJS. So they are the same. The only difference between AngularJS and Angular2 is regarding their features. Angular2 and Angular 4 consist of new, improved features which AngularJS lacks.
Why Angular is so popular?
AngularJS is one of the most popular frameworks among developers as well as Entrepreneurs.
What are AngularJS Frameworks?
We know that AngularJS has made it much easier to build Robust and beautiful Modern Web Apps. But developers didn’t stop at that. To further simplify tasks and increase efficiency, they came up with various Front-end Frameworks for AngularJS. These Frameworks come with various in-built Web components and by using them along with AngularJS, One can quickly build up an Application from Scratch in no time.
Now, there are many such Frameworks and selecting one for your Project can be quite confusing. So I have drafted a list of the Top AngularJS Frameworks.
Top 6 AngularJS Frameworks To Simplify App Development
It is crucial to choose the right technology Stack for your AngularJS App Development Project. And it also includes determining the best-fit AngularJS Framework to support the Development Process.
Ionic Framework | AngularJS Mobile Framework
What is Ionic in AngularJS and What is Ionic Framework used for?
Ionic is one of the most popular AngularJS Frameworks. It is an Open source, Cross-platform Framework used for building Hybrid Mobile Apps. So Ionic is a mobile app development framework that uses Web technologies like HTML5, CSS, and Sass to develop hybrid mobile Apps which can function across multiple Platforms (iOS, Android). It works as a front-end SDK built on top of AngularJS and Cordova. The Ionic mobile app framework constitutes Various Angular directives and components. And this leads to easy development of beautiful and user-friendly AngularJS powered mobile Apps.
So, Is Ionic a Good Framework/ Is Ionic Good for App Development?
Yes, It is. Ionic is one of the best AngularJS mobile Frameworks. The blend of AngularJS components along with the functionalities of Ionic not only helps accelerates App development but also produces high-quality Mobile App Solutions with beautiful User Interface. Here are some reasons
Why Ionic is a good framework for app development:
Faster development in comparison to native mobile App Development
Availability of a plethora of ready-to-use UI components such as:
Date & time pickers
Great CLI (Command-line Interface) Compliance and tools.
Availability of Plenty of Plug-ins making it easy to integrate native functionalities into an app.
Various useful platforms offered by Ionic such as:
Ionic market: A repository of multiple ionic resources such as plug-ins, themes, templates, scripts and ad on that you can use for app development.
Ionic Creator: An app builder tool with drag and drop facilities which facilitates quick development of simple Apps, to make a prototype of Complex Project and even to create a Wireframe.
Please Note– Since its official release in 2013, many new versions have come up in the market. And each of the variants works with various versions of AngularJS namely Angular2 and Angular4. But the new version, Ionic 4 is not restricted to only AngularJS. Ionic4 now works with any front-end Frameworks.
Mobile Angular UI | AngularJS Mobile Framework
What is Mobile Angular UI?
Mobile Angular UI, yet another popular AngularJS UI Framework is a combination of AngularJS and Bootstrap. Developers use it for building HTML5 Mobile Apps also known as Hybrid Apps. Dedicated to mobile app design and development, it offers essential mobile components which are otherwise missing in Bootstrap 3 like Sidebars, switches, overlays, scrollable areas and more. And Since it revolves around AngularJS, there’s no jQuery dependencies or bootstarp.js, making it a lightweight and faster framework. Moreover, it comes with a CSS file using which you can easily convert your Web App into a Mobile version.
The latest version of Mobile Angular UI(1.3.4 as of writing) is compatible with:
AngularJS 1.2 to 1.5
Bootstrap 3.x sources
And it supports a wide range of browsers including:
Android Browser 2.3+
Chrome for Android
IE Mobile 10+
Moreover, to make things more mobile friendly,
This AngularJS based framework revolves around robust platforms like:
Fastclick.js: It is simple and easy to use library targeted at reducing any lags in your App and making it seem smoother. Developers use it to eliminate the 300ms delay between when you physically tap your device’s screen, and the event actually triggers.
Overthrow.js: It is one of the essential components that help you to build responsive applications.
Here are some Examples of Mobile Angular UI templates of an App made using Mobile Angular UI:
(pic courtesy: mobileangularui.com)
Also, to get things going, you can refer to any Mobile Angular UI tutorial available online. Here’s one such tutorial that I feel can be very helpful if you are new to this framework.
So if you are still pondering over the questions “Can we develop mobile App using AngularJS?” and “Is angular good for mobile?”, Then Here’s the correct answer: No, you can’t make native mobile Apps using AngularJS because it is a Web Framework. But Yes, AngularJS can be used for developing Hybrid Mobile Apps. AngularJS Mobile frameworks like Ionic and Mobile Angular UI are the best framework available for AngularJS for mobile app development and are the reason why angular can be good for mobile as well. Moreover, with these Frameworks in hand, you don’t need dedicated Android developers or iPhone developer for your Project. One codebase works for all!
Angular UI Bootstrap | AngularJS Web Framework
What is Angular UI Bootstrap?
As the name suggests, Angular UI Bootstrap is an AngularJS Framework built on top of Bootstrap. Bootstrap is the finest and most popular front-end framework for Web Development. And if you want to use Bootstrap with Angular, then Angular UI Bootstrap is the Solution. That’s because you can’t directly use Bootstrap in an Angular Project. Bootstrap uses jQuery which could hinder with particular functions of Angular. While Angular UI Bootstrap relies on native AngularJS directives that are based on Bootstrap’s markup elements and CSS. So it doesn’t have any dependency on jQuery and hence can be the Solution if you want to integrate Bootstrap components into your Angular Project. It’s dependencies include:
AngularJS( 1.4.x or higher)
This framework includes various AngularJS directives based on HTML, CSS and Bootstrap elements and includes alert, carousel, dropdown, buttons, time picker, data picker, modal, popover and many more.
Angular Foundation | AngularJS Framework for Web Applications
What is Angular Foundation?
Angular Foundation is another well-known AngularJS Framework based on a responsive front-end framework called Foundation which is maintained by ZURB. Initially, developers used Foundation only for building Website based Software Solutions. But later some components of Foundation were changed so that it can accommodate AngularJS directives to support the development of responsive Web Apps as well. And this is the Angular Foundation framework. The framework contains various native AngularJS Directives based on Foundation’s HTML and CSS. So Angular Foundation doesn’t rely on jQuery but has a dependency on AngularJS (1.5) and Foundation 6 CSS. With this framework, Users can avail various semantic HTML elements such as alert, popover, trigger, accordion, interchange and many more.
So if you are more comfortable working with “Foundation” or you find it to be better than “Bootstrap,” then you should consider Angular Foundation for your Project.
Angular Material | Angular CSS Framework
What is Angular Material?
Angular Material is an Angular CSS Framework maintained by the Angular team and is the officially recommended Angular UI Framework. Angular Material is a UI component Library for AngularJS developers and integrates seamlessly with Angular. This framework is based on Google Material Design and has over 30 UI components. And thus, it facilitates developers to build User-engaging, attractive, responsive and faster Web Applications by ensuring that they adhere to modern design principles and practices like browser portability, device independence, graceful degradation, etc.
As of writing, the latest version of Angular material is 7.3.7, and it comes with Angular components such as:
The navigation bar, ToolBar menu, Side Navigation,
Data table format
Control forms- AutoComplete, Datepicker, Form field, Select Input, Radio button, Slider, Checkbox and Slide Toggle.
Buttons, Chips, Icon, Progress Bar, Progress Spinner
Angular UI Grid | Angular UI Framework
What is UI Grid/What is UI Grid in AngularJS?
The Angular UI Grid, formerly known as ng-grid is built 100% natively in AngularJS and hence has no jQuery dependencies. This framework revolves around a core grid module while all its features are present as of Angular modules and Directives. It comes as a component of the Angular UI Suite, similar to Angular UI Bootstrap and is a component for displaying data in grids(rows and columns) for AngularJS applications. AngularJS developers can use this framework to work with and handle vast (more than 10,000 rows) and complex sets of data with grid features such as sorting, grouping, filtering, virtualization, paging, exporting, column pinning, row expanding Virtualization, Edit in place, Internationalization and many more.
It relies on Plugin architecture; hence you can use the features that only you need. Moreover, it also offers options to customize templates and alter the look and feel with changes in the CSS. Here’s what you can get in the core module:
Virtual rows and columns
Cell binding to complex properties and functions
Column sorting with Ascending, Descending and None
Facility for changing header and cell contents with custom templates
Label translations using i18nService
Summing everything Up!
These are some of the top AngularJS Frameworks recommended by ChromeInfotech’s expert AngularJS developers. All the above AngularJS UI Frameworks have their own set of features and potentiality. And So, Our developers believe that it won’t be fair to single out one as the best AngularJS based Framework.
The best Framework will vary from one Project to another. Every Project is different and so are their needs and requirements.
So for your AngularJS development Project, you need to wisely choose a framework that best fits or is in the best interest to your Project needs such as features, functionalities, components, etc. Once you do that, you will be able to get your App up and ready in no time.
ChromeInfotech is a reputed AngularJS Development Company and houses dedicated AngularJS developers proficient with all the Frameworks mentioned above. This allows us to cater to every Project type and build Custom AngularJS powered Applications that are Attractive, modernized and of top quality.