Angular 8: Let’s Know About New Features and Improvements

Angular 8 is Out! Read this post to know about all the new features and improvements which you will get with this latest version.
Angular 8
7Jun June 7, 2019

By: Jay M | Views: 896
Web Design & Development | 3 Min

Angular is undoubtedly one of the most popular open-source web app frameworks used by millions of developers across the globe to build single-page web, mobile, and desktop applications. Since its release, it has received a number of updates, each of which made the framework better and more efficient in one way or another.

Following the release of Angular 7 in Oct 2018, the Angular Team has now come up with a new version, named Angular 8.0 – which is also the first major release of the framework in the year 2019.

Unlike the previous version that emphasized on boosting the performance and speed of the platform, Angular 8 focuses mainly on improving the startup time of applications on latest browsers and aligning the framework to the ecosystem and modern web standards. Let’s see in detail what does the latest Angular 8.0 package brings on the table!

Differential Loading of Modern JavaScript by Default

Starting Angular 8, the CLI by default will generate two separate optimized bundles for modern (ES2015+) and legacy (ES5) JavaScript builds. Means, as soon as you load your application, the browser will automatically load the right bundle depending on your application requirements.

Leveraging this new feature, the Angular Team is able to successfully shrunk the initial bundle size on angular.io by about 41Kb, which eventually results in boosting the loading speed and time to interactive (TTI) on modern browsers.

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Learn more about differential loading here.

Route Configurations Use Dynamic Imports

With Angular 8, the Angular Team highly recommends developers lazily load parts of their applications using the $route APIs. That’s because version 8 of Angular uses the industry standard dynamic imports instead of the custom syntax built into the toolchain, which is:

{path: ‘/admin’, loadChildren: ‘./admin/admin.module#AdminModule’}

Now the new syntax will look like:

{path: /admin, loadChildren: () =>
import(./admin/admin.module).then(m => m.AdminModule)}

Needless to say that the usage of Dynamic Imports will provide improved support for editors like VSCode and WebStorm, making them able to better understand and validate imports.

Builder and Workspace APIs in the CLI

To take the Angular CLI to next level, version 8.0 introduces two new APIs, named Builder APIs and Workspace APIs. While the Builder APIs allow you to tap into ng build, ng test and ng runCLI commands in order to execute processes like build and deployment, on the other hand, Workspace APIs make it easier for developers to read and modify the angular.json file – which was introduced in version 6 of Angular.

Improved Web Worker Support

Offloading CPU intensive computations to a background thread, Web Workers improves the speed of your application to a great extent. Hence, addressing the common request of developers from around the globe, the Angular Team facilitate you to generate new web workers right from the CLI in version 8.0. Simply run the following command to add a web worker to your Angular project:

ng generate webWorker my-worker

You can read more about using Web Workers with Angular CLI here.

Improvements to AngularJS Migration

To make the migration from AngularJS to Angular as smooth as possible for developers, version 8.0 of Angular offers a LocationUpgradeModule that enables a unified location service. Efficiently shifting responsibilities from the AngularJS $location service to the Location service in Angular, this improvement simplifies the lives of developers who need to implement routing in both the AngularJS and Angular for some reason.

Apart from that, the Angular Team has also documented best practices of lazy loading so you can learn how to migrate the most commonly used features first from AngularJS to Angular and only load AngularJS for a subset of your application. You can find all these practices here.

New Deprecation Guide

As the Angular Team is committed to maintaining Semantic Versioning as well as keeping your applications stable across major versions of the framework, it has come up with the new Deprecation Guide which makes it easier for developers to find all deprecations and removals.

For the public API, the Angular Team claims to support features for N+2 releases. Means, a feature that is deprecated in version 8 will be fully supported by upcoming two Angular releases (which will probably be 9 and 10).

Opt-In usage Sharing

To keep their efforts in alignment with the ecosystem, the Angular core developers have added an opt-in telemetry in the Angular CLI. With this feature, Angular 8 will be collecting anonymous data, like commands you use and the build speed, only if you allow it to. Using the collected information, the Angular Team can get an idea of how developers use version 8.0 and make the framework even better with upcoming releases.

That’s all about Angular 8.0! For detailed information and guidance on how to upgrade your application to version 8, you may visit update.angular.io. Feel free to contact us if you have any query related to version 8 or Angular website and application development.

Jay Malhotra

Jay Malhotra

Jay M has proven expertise in resolving all the technical complexities involved in the development of innovative, unique websites and apps. He is a born marketing genius who loves experimenting with the latest marketing tools and techniques to reach the targeted audience in a truly authentic manner. Keeping himself up-to-date with the challenges faced by startups and SMEs, he also tries to reach untapped segments of the market and formulates the best possible solutions for clients based on their specific business requirements. Get in touch with him on LinkedIn.

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