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Angular 8 Introduction

Angular is the most popular JavaScript framework and platform for developing client-side (front-end) mobile and desktop web apps or single page applications (SPAs).

Angular community has released its latest version known as Angular 8. If you are familiar with previous version of Angular, it will not be difficult for you. You can easily upgrade your older version of Angular to latest version Angular 8.

What is Angular 8?

Angular 8 is an open-source, client-side TypeScript based JavaScript framework. It is written in TypeScript and complied into JavaScript. Angular 8 is used to create dynamic web applications. It is very similar to its previous versions except having some extensive features.

What is a dynamic web application?

A dynamic web application is simply a dynamic website. i.e.,, etc. which has a tendency to change data/information with respect to 3 parameters:

  • Time-to-time (eg. news update webs applications)
  • Location-to-location (eg. Weather-report web applications)
  • User-to-user (eg. Gmail, Facebook type applications)

Angular Previous Versions

  • AngularJS (also known as Angular 1.0): AngularJS is a JavaScript based open-source frontend web framework developed and maintained by Google. AngularJS can be added to an HTML page with a <script> tag. Because AngularJS was the first version of the Angular, so it is also known as Angular 1. AngularJS was first released on October 20, 2010 by a team of Google.
  • Angular 2: Angular 2 was a complete rewrite of AngularJS. It was first released in May 2016 and the final version was released on September 14, 2016.
  • Angular 4: Angular 4 was the updated version of Angular 2. The Google team skipped the Angular 3 to avoid the confusion due to the misalignment of the router package's version which was already distributed as v3.3.0.
  • Angular 5: Angular 5 was the improved version of the previous one. It was released on November 1, 2017 and improved the support for progressive web apps.
  • Angular 6: Angular 6 Angular 6 was released on May 4, 2018. It was a major released focused on ng update, ng add, Angular Elements, Angular Material + CDK Components, Angular Material Starter Components, CLI Workspaces, Library Support, Tree Shakable Providers, Animations Performance Improvements, and RxJS v6.
  • Angular 7: Angular 7 was released on October 18, 2018. It was focused on Application Performance, Angular Material & CDK, Virtual Scrolling, Improved Accessibility etc.
  • Angular 8: Angular 8 is the latest version running nowadays. Angular 8 is released on May 28, 2019. It is mainly focused on Differential loading, Dynamic imports for lazy routes, web workers and Angular Ivy as an opt-in support. It also supports TypeScript 3.4.

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