Top 15 AngularJS Web Development Tools Driving User Engagement

Wed Jun 2016
Top 15 AngularJS Web Development Tools Driving User Engagement
AngularJS Web Development Tools

Websites, like rivers, merge into the ocean of Web contributing to it the information from different walks of life, different disciplines and different business verticals. And AngularJS is the web development framework to channelize the website's energy, that is, content, thereby enabling users to connect with its governing entity.

Aspire to have such a website? Indeed, you would be. User engagement is one of the prominent digital marketing metrics showing how users are reaching out to your website, what information are they navigating to and what purposes they want to fulfill by visiting your website. Hence, you must opt for an AngularJS web development solution that harnesses the potential of the framework to give the best experience to your target audience across smartphone, tablet and desktop. Continue reading to explore the top 15 AngularJS web development tools driving user engagement.

IDE & Text Editor Tools

Get privilege to work with a wide range of fully-featured integrated development environments and text editors supporting AngularJS to build an engaging and rewarding website in a quick and easy manner. A few are listed here:

1. WebStorm

 WebStorm

A comprehensive IDE supporting Angular 2 components, viz., JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS and their successors. Writing and editing code becomes easier as it offers smart code completion, on-the-fly error detection, powerful navigation and refactoring. Coding results get reflected without any delay on the browser.

2. Aptana

 Aptana

Aptana Studio 3, the latest web application IDE from Aptana, offers complete support to AngularJS 2 components, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript. To make use of it, a developer needs to install the AngularJS Eclipse extension from the Eclipse Marketplace.

It owns a deployment wizard adhering to protocols like FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and Capistrano, thereby, easing update implementation and publishing, bug fixing, and collaboration on a project (GitHub support). Built-in terminal and IDE customization bring value to the development process and final product.

3. Sublime Text

 Sublime-Text

This is a cross-platform text editor that eases AngularJS website development. The presence of a customizable editor, plugin API, Command Palette, split editing, multiple selections, Goto Anything, Distraction Free Mode, and more features help developers to speed up the process without compromising the quality of user engagement.

 

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Testing & Debugging Tools

In the wake of growing marketplace competition, quality is indispensable to web development. Find a list of reliable AngularJS tools that make testing and debugging easier, faster and more accurate.

 

4. Karma

karma

From unit testing to midway testing to E2E testing, Karma provides support for all and encourages AngularJS developers to build  a website that can deliver a great experience to users. A developer can highlight his/her preference regarding the type of browser the web application would use. The application communicates with the active browser usingsocket.io.

5. Jasmine

jasmine

Jasmine is a Github-compatible testing and debugging tool and is ideal for behavior-driven development (BDD).  It examines Javascript classes and functions and notifies users of any unhandled code. It can also be customized for performing test-driven development (TDD). However, it remains unaware of the type of environment or browser the app runs into. In this context, Karma has an edge over Jasmine.

6. MochaJS

mochajs

Based on Node.js, MochaJS is a fully-featured JavaScript test framework running on GitHub. It eases asynchronous testing over any browser. Mocha performs a serial testing and provides a 360-degree overview of the performance and related issues. It can detect uncaught exceptions to the correct test cases. Developers willing to use spy framework should set up Mocha with its appropriate library like sinon.js. And for assertion framework, Mocha needs to be configured with a framework like Chai.

7. Protractor

protractor

Protractor is a powerful automated testing and debugging tool that derives its power from proven technologies, including NodeJS, Selenium, webDriver, Mocha, Cucumber and Jasmine. Taking advantage of native events and browser-specific drivers, Protractor interacts with the application akin to a user.

8. Angular Batarang

 Angular-Batarang

Batarang is a Chrome extension developed by the Angular team for debugging and profiling Angular apps. It is available at GitHub and Google Web Store. After examining the app, it presents a comprehensive report under three different sections: model, performance and dependency debugging.

(9) ng-inspector

 ng-inspector

Examining scope and model updates along with DOM elements on real time becomes easier with this debugging tool. ng-inspector is also a browser extension compatible with Chrome and Safari.

 

 

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Modules

Services, directives, controllers, filters, and configuration information -- all find refuge in a module. ngmodules.org is a place to find and submit modules. Continue reading to get a walk through of some key modules.

 

(10) AngularUI

angularui

 

It?s a bouquet of UI components built with AngularJS. Instead of widgets, Angular UI leverages raw directives like  ui-router, ui-map, ui-calendar etc. The inclusion of Utility directives is a promise for improving the AngularJS web development process. GitHub houses a set of modules,  directives, filters, utilities and resources. Know how to create native Twitter Bootstrap in Angular? It can be done quite easily using UI-Bootstrap.

(11) ng-Table ? Sorting and Filtering Table

 ng_Table_Sorting-and-Filtering_Table

Thanks to ngTable, insertion of tables into a website  is no longer a challenge. Not just a table, it would be a cognitive table. Yes, you heard it right. Users can sort, and filter table to retrieve information that they need in no time. Developers or content managers can add content of varied length as the row height can be changed easily. ng-Table is equipped with good pagination capabilities.

(12) Restangular

Restangular

Creating Rest API is easier using Restangular. Anybody can make use of GET, DELETE, UPDATE and POST data requests without getting into the complexity of client code. Restangular supports $resource, HTTP method, self-linking element, promises usage and many more.  There is a RestangularProvider option that allows you to configure the individual properties of Restangular.

(13) Angular Gettext

Angular-Gettext

Leaving behind the translation task to Angular-Gettext module focus better on your web development task. A developer just needs to write the code and annotate the section that he or she wants to be translated. The tool supports as many as 130 languages.


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Build-Time Optimization Tools

Performance is a key aspect of any web applications. Thankfully, AngularJS web development discipline is blessed with tools that can optimize HTML, JS and CSS components used in a build. Such a tool minimizes and compresses the build, making it lightweight, to impart superior experience to users.

 

(14) UglifyJS2 ? a JavaScript parser/compressor/beautifier

uglifyjs2

Based on NodeJS, UglifyJS2 is a parser/compressor/beautifier toolkit, which is made available at GitHub. The tool works seamlessly across all JavaScript platforms supporting the CommonJS module system.

(15) CSSO (CSS Optimizer)

csso

As the name suggests, this tool is to optimize the CSS. It helps in removing obsolete and redundant CSS elements, compressing them well (to reduce file size) and then restructuring them (merging of declarations, rulesets, etc.), eventually to get a compact form. This helps in generating an optimized web application.

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