AngularJS Reaches the End of Life

AngularJS Reaches the End of Life

Now that the AngularJS JavaScript framework has reached an end-of-life (EOL) state, the developers behind the next generation of the TypeScript-based Angular framework hope that users of the original version will step up with the successor.

AngularJS was originally released by Google in 2010, and reached EOL on December 31, with long-term support from the community discontinued. Users can still request support from third parties including support services companies and Perforce. AngularJS source code will still be available on GitHub via NPM, CDN, and Bower.

Although inspired by AngularJS, Google’s follow-up to Angular is a different framework, using many of the same philosophies but rewritten in TypeScript in 2016. TypeScript provides static writing, support for development experience and help identify errors before deployment to production. , said Minko Gechev, Google Developer Relations Engineer.

Javier Perez, Perforce’s open source evangelist, emphasized that putting EOL to AngularJS has risks. When long-term support for the open source community reaches the end of life (EOL), no further patches will be released. For users, the risk of using EOL versions of the software is that if a new or very severe vulnerability is discovered, no patches will be available. “

Furthermore, since AngularJS is widely used for web applications, changes to browsers may affect functionality, Perez added. He explained that AngularJS users have four options, including keeping the app on AngularJS with EOL risks, rewriting the apps to the latest version of Angular, rewriting with another JavaScript framework, or keeping the app on AngularJS and getting support.

Google’s Gechev said that AngularJS revolutionized web development by allowing engineers to build complex business applications. Gechev said it’s hard to say how many users AngularJS still has, because the framework is often distributed as a JavaScript file referenced directly from a static server. Based on NPM downloads, Google estimates that 84 percent of the developer base is using Angular while 16 percent are still using AngularJS.

Angular is positioned by Google as a “battery built” framework with best practices built in. It is meant to be evergreen and to support every developer in developing their apps, and benefit from the update experience. Angular will be released twice a year. Angular 13 was released in November, followed by versions 13.1 and 13.1.1 in December.

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