Not surprisingly most of the workshops at the conference focused on Angular 2. A single session track ran on both Day 1 and Day 3 and you can find the YouTube videos for those sessions on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOETEcp3DkCq788xapkP_OU-78jhTf68j. There were multiple concurrent sessions on Day 2 and not all of them were captured on video. I attended several that covered building components in Angular 2, TypeScript and unit testing.
Developer uptake has been strong with upwards of 360,000 developers who are active on the Angular 2 site. Several enterprise partners that have started using Angular 2 were present, including Capital One, Fidelity Investments and the Weather Channel.
Some key takeaways:
- A lot of emphasis is being put on optimizing performance and reducing the download size of Angular 2.
- Observables using RxJS are the default for returning data over HTTP.
- NativeScript with Angular 2 for building IOS and Android mobile apps was receiving a lot of positive attention.
- Angular Universal a community-driven project that adds server-side rendering to Angular 2 looks like it will be a key part of the Angular 2 eco-system. Capital One’s use of it was highlighted.
Although it has reached release candidate stage, there are several key deliverables that are not fully completed at this point but are promised in the near future:
- The beta router was deprecated and replaced just before the release announcement. The new router will take some additional time before it is feature complete.
- Animation – the API is final and will be released in a few weeks.
- Offline template compilation – this is tied to performance optimization and is not done yet. Angular 2’s final release will come out once this is completed.
Other projects related to Angular 2 but not part of the core release are in the works as well:
- Angular CLI – a command line interface for setting up and scaffolding an Angular 2 project. Currently in beta. https://cli.angular.io/
- Material Design, a UI framework for Angular 2. Expect a beta some time in 2016. https://github.com/angular/material2
- The Angular Mobile toolkit for building progressive, web apps was also featured. http://mobile.angular.io. Expect a release candidate in the next few weeks.
If you are considering moving forward with an Angular 2 project in the near future or are just interested in the new framework, feel free to reach out (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions on the topics covered.