Dispatches on Angular 2.0 from Angular U in San Francisco

Written by Amanda Connon-Unda

The inaugural Angular U conference took place in San Francisco earlier this week, and featured many influential AngularJS speakers, including Misko Hevery (creator of AngularJS), Igor Minar (leading the Angular team at Google), Pete Bacon Darwin (lead developer on AngularJS 1.X), and Douglas Crockford who’s known for his ongoing contributions to JavaScript. With roughly 450 attendees from 35 different countries, Angular U attendees heard talks on migrating to Angular 2.0, and got a deeper look into TypeScript and ES 2015.

At Rangle.io we're already working on a course: "Migrating from Angular 1.X to Angular 2.0", so our attendance at Angular U served as a validation for many of our ideas and provided a great opportunity for us to engage with key members of the Angular community. The key take-away: Angular 2 is making great progress, and there is a strong commitment to a migration path.

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One of the conference's crowd-pleasing talks was Douglas Crockford’s talk, which was described as visionary and a bit radical, “provoking a lot of people to discuss the future of the web as we know it,” said Rangle.io’s developer, Wisam Zaghal, who attended the 2-day conference, plus 2 days of workshops.

Meanwhile, Wisam said, “Dan Wahlin and John Papa’s presentation was filled with optimism, humour and excitement as an exploratory journey through ES2015, TypeScript and Angular 2.0 syntax and features.”

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Angular U’s founder and organizer, Peter Kellner, who also founded Silicon Valley Code Camp in 2005, said he’s hoping to organize Angular U again in 2016. We certainly hope so. As the premiere sponsor, we were thrilled to get perspectives on Angular 2.0 from passionate JavaScript developers and hear such high calibre talks, including one by our CTO, Yuri Takhteyev, who shared Hackstack.js, a useful open source library that developers can use when working on Angular applications with broken or late APIs.

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Yuri's talk resonated with many of the conference attendees. One developer, Aimee Fritz, even wrote on Twitter, "The title of @qaramazov's talk is the story of my life."

A lot of developers in attendance said that they will give Hackstack.js a try.

In addition to the great reviews of his talk, Yuri was interviewed for the conference website, and he attended the Speakers’ Dinner, where he discussed Angular with leading members of the community.

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As Nick Van Weerdenburg, Rangle.io’s CEO, said during his address, we’re happy to sponsor Angular U, where the possibilities for Angular are further explored through practical talks and case studies. As a company we're keen to continue contributing to the community and to become top-of-mind as the leading firm for Angular development and development practices, through advocating the adoption of the framework and sponsoring conferences globally.

"We believe that Angular is the right foundation for the vast majority of today's web and mobile applications," says Nick Van Weerdenburg. "Ninety percent of our projects are Angular-based, and we have over 35 AngularJS developers working on our team. Sharing our knowledge has been the foundation of our business by creating an awareness of what we can do for potential clients."

High enthusiasm for making the move to 2.0

Attendance numbers and dialogue at the conference indicate to us that the transition to Angular 2.0 has energized the community. Angular 2.0 was discussed heavily at Angular U, in contrast to ngConf in Salt Lake City in March, which leaned towards talks on Angular 1.X. “We saw a lot more concrete examples,” said Yuri, “Although it was too bad that none of them came with unit tests.”

Upon return to Rangle.io’s Toronto HQ, Yuri commented that the Angular U keynote presentation introduced a number of interesting changes for Angular, although no new surprises. “What stood out was the plan to split Angular into two parts to allow most of the framework to run either in a webworker or on the server. This can have massive implications. The possibility of using the new split Angular to target React-Native was also very interesting,” said Yuri, although he added that with an already delayed release for Angular 2.0, “I hope this doesn't end up putting the Angular 2.0 beta release even further out.”

Here at Rangle.io we’re preparing for the transition to 2.0, and we're enthusiastic about creating more rich hybrid web and native mobile experiences. In the meantime, we invite you to sign-up for Yuri's upcoming webinar on Angular 2.0 here. Plus, watch Yuri's talk on Angular 2.0 from a meetup, here.

View and download Rangle’s Angular 2 Training Book.

Our extensive Angular 2 course book, created in-house by Rangle’s team of JavaScript experts, covers fundamental topics including how to get started with the Angular 2 toolchain.