AngularJS – making the switch

9th July, 2014

Angular js logo“Superheroic” is how the AngularJS team at Google describe their framework – not an inaccurate description judging by its legions of fans and developers.

By eliminating a lot of the complexity usually involved with building single page web applications, AngularJS has become one of the most widely used development frameworks around. In fact, it’s fast becoming the de facto method for rendering dynamic content in a static webpage.

So what about those of us who haven’t joined the bandwagon? What’s involved in switching an existing web application to the AngularJS framework?

KeyLines is a JavaScript SDK for building web applications for data visualization.

A few customers have asked us whether we plan to ‘support’ AngularJS in the future, or how a KeyLines application would fit into a wider AngularJS application, so we built a KeyLines Angular Directive.

Last month, Cambridge Intelligence CEO Joe Parry presented some of his thoughts (and frustrations) from the project at the Cambridge JavaScript and NodeJS Meetup.

Here’s a copy of his slides. We hope they provide a useful starting point if you’re thinking of switching to AngularJS.

Postscript: KeyLines and AngularJS

Despite our initial frustration, we don’t actually hate Angular. We’ve overcome a lot of the initial hurdles to build a functioning KeyLines directive in the framework.

If you would like to speak about integrating a KeyLines component into your Angular application, just get in touch and we’ll gladly talk you through the options.

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