Now before we get into the specifics of Angular 7, it would be worth mentioning the timeline of this framework to present a clear picture. If you already know all about Angular up until version 6, you skip the next part and jump to the Angular 7 highlight:
The first version of Angular, called AngulareJS, was launched in 2009 with much promise but suffered from many performance issues and large bundle size. Despite all the shortfalls, the framework nevertheless offered many useful features like AOT, tree shaking, and more.
Yes, there was no Angular 3 due to package nomenclature and conflict issues. The key improvements of this version were view-engine enhancements and code generation efficiency. There was also an Angular 4.3 that brought HTTP client.
This version brought improvements in Material design and brought support for Progressive apps.
Launched in May 2018, Angular 6 can be considered a major upgrade that brought many new features and improvements some of which include toolchain, Angular Material+CDK components, Angular elements, Animation improvements and more.
This was a much-awaited upgrade that was rumored to bring many features- something we’ll get back to in a moment. But let’s take a look at new features first:
CLI prompts were initially introduced in Angular 6 but have now been improved to offer other utilities as well. It has been added to semantics to benefits all packages that publish semantics. Also, more commands have been added for which it will now prompt users about.
Angular Material too was introduced in the earlier version and Angular 7 just builds upon it. Refresh, dynamic loading, virtual scrolling, are a few of the new features introduced in this segment.
Drag & drop
There is a new module that makes it easier to create drag & drop interface that also features free dragging, sorting within a list, animations, and more.
There are also other notable improvements in visual scrolling- introduced in Angular 6 and performance- something that’s been an issue for long.
Overall as you may notice, Angular 7 has largely been a supplementary upgrade to Angular 6 rather than a complete overhaul, as expected. In fact, there were rumors that new feature like @aiStore, New ng-compiler, @angular/core splitting, would make their way into Angular 7- which didn’t happen. Now given the release cycle of Angular that offers a minor upgrade followed by a major upgrade, AngularJS development companies might have a lot to gain from the upcoming Angular 8. Until then, Google seems to have focused on bug fixes and performance improvements to lay the groundwork.
Now if you think your application can really benefit from any of these new features, you can easily find Angular development companies that have already adopted the version. But if you’d prefer to considerably save on costs, hiring offshore developers would be a much better choice.