It is entirely possible that is what they meant since Angular 2.0 is completely different from Angular 1.x. Thankfully for all the developers that made early investments in Angular the 1.x series is not only still maintained, but starting with 1.5 an actually decent framework.
If you are sticking with 1.x like we are, there are a many features which can give you the benefits of the more modern frameworks without the fuss and risk of a rewrite.
Rethink the application around state management
Our application became much easier to maintain once we started thinking about the data-flow as much as the user interaction. Angular in the early interations was better at user interaction than state management, with most state getting dumped without thought on the
$scope. This made data sharing and conceptualizing the data flow within the application unnecessarily complicated.
The method we've come to prefer is using services to retrieve and store data that is used within multiple views of the application including nested views. Manipulating one master copy of the object also frees us from having to think about the more complex data-binding and scope inheritance rules. As long as the object of record is being manipulated within a digest cycle all views will update accordingly. We also avoid the confusion that results when a cloned value is manipulated.
Composite the application with Components
Reasoning about your app in terms of Components come with a few benefits.
- Binding via attributes makes it much easier to visualize what data is being used where.
- Components encapsulate functionality allowing for easier and cleaner reuse.
- Cleaner and easier to read code. Instead of pages of nested HTML, the front end code is a small collection of semantic elements.
Use a real datastore on the front-end
Our application includes a lot of data that is frequently accessed in slightly different ways on different views. Our approach had been two fold. For very common data we wrote a lot of
underscore filters to read through preloaded lists. For more advanced filtering we just went back to the server to fetch the right data with SQL queries.
We decided to incorporate TaffyDB to help solve both pain points. There's a few ways we use Taffy now.
For very common data we wrote a lot of
underscorefilters to read through preloaded lists.
For the data that is required for every application session we inject the data into page using
gon then read it into TaffyDb.
For data we query from the server we use an interceptor to load the data after every request. Generally this is used to update the state after a
update request to the server.
controllerAs is not brand-new to Angular. However I personally did not find much utility in the feature until Components. This syntax makes the Angular
this instead of passed in through the
These four patterns have vastly improved both the maintainability and the user experience of our application, to the point where we've gone from moderately annoyed with Angular to moderately happy.
Angular 1.x is far from dead and between when I started writing this post to its eventual publication Angular 1.6 has been released with more improvements. While it may not make sense to start a brand new project with Angular 1.x, there's no reason to go through the pain of a rewrite. The best parts of the newer frameworks are already there.