Hi all- there is light at the end of the backlog for us here, as we’ve had a BIG launch in Infragistics-land. That always means we get to get caught up, right? I’m not sure how much that will happen with a three-day week, but since I won’t be blogging at you over the holiday, we here at Infragistics hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving, no matter where you are!
1) Microsoft Connect – The annual NYC event was a wealth of news. Our friends at the SD Times have a pretty good wrap up: Microsoft announces Azure Databricks, Visual Studio App Center and Azure DevOps projects at Microsoft Connect
2) Cliffs of Insanity? – That’s how Stack Overflow’s refers to their report indicating Angular and Swift are dramatically rising in popularity
3) Speaking of Angular – Did someone mention TERRIFIC UI tools for Angular? You need them? We’re here to help. Learn more about our Ignite UI for Angular and other updates for 17.2 from your favorite blog and mine… we have posts on What's New in 17.2: Infragistics Ultimate; What's New in 17.2: Ignite UI (then The Enterprise in 2018: Putting Angular and Progressive Web Apps to Work and 10 Reasons Why Ignite UI for Angular Is Set To Dominate Enterprise Web App Development); not to mention What's New in 17.2: Ultimate UI for WPF; What's New in 17.2: Ultimate UI for Windows Forms and finally What's New in 17.2: Ultimate UI for Xamarin
Whew! We’ve been busy! So what did you think of the Visual Studio App Center and other news out of Microsoft Connect? Have you tried Angular and our Ignite UI tools? If not, what are you waiting for?
As always, we’d LOVE to hear from you! Tweet with your thoughts @Infragistics and include #IGBackLog for a chance to win an IG hat!
Finally- for fast and beautiful UI controls and time-saving tools to help you clear YOUR backlog, download a free 30-day trial of Infragistics Ultimate 17.2 today!
In the past year, Angular has seen tremendous growth in the web developer community. The framework is emerging as the most popular platform for public-facing websites from Microsoft to Capital One, and leading global companies are bringing Angular behind their corporate firewalls.
Enterprise web development teams continue to be expected to do more and more with less. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are an attractive a path to achieve that goal. As Angular matures and a development tools ecosystem grows around it, established ISVs like Infragistics are assisting enterprise adoption.
Infragistics was around for the birth of .NET and we became the most dominant vendor in the world of enterprise desktop applications by helping business developers code high-performing, easy-to-use applications with a familiar look and feel.
Today, Infragistics is proud to announce the release of Ignite UI for Angular.
Why is Angular gaining momentum?
To understand where the framework is going, let’s briefly look back at where it has been.
In 2009, Miško Hevery developed AngularJS with a friend to “see if we could make it easier for Web designers, not necessarily Web developers, but Web designers, to sprinkle a little bit of extra HTML into their code so that they could turn a static form to something they could actually send in an email.”
Hevery brought his side project to his employers at Google, who eventually brought the framework into their fold. Angular became his full-time job, while keeping strong community-based roots.
Version 1.0 of AngularJS debuted in June of 2012, and quickly became popular for its robust application infrastructure, ability to reduce boilerplate, and improved code testability.
Since its release last September, the framework has picked up considerable steam, not just because it delivers on promised performance and scalability enhancements, but because of how easily it enables PWAs.
Any developer publication you read lately seems to be buzzing with the Google-coined term: Progressive Web Apps.
Smashing Magazine describes a PWA as a combination of the best of web and mobile apps, taking advantage of the latest technology. “Think of it as a website built using web technologies but that acts and feels like an app.”
Gartner’s Jason Wong advises in his March 2017 report, Progressive Web Apps Will Impact Your Mobile App Strategy: “Application leaders responsible for mobile app strategies must determine when — not if — they need to factor in PWAs as part of their overall mobile development strategy.”
Browser-based apps are popular because they are low-friction and high-performance, and are deployed across multiple devices with just one build. However, they lack the UX and stickiness of native mobile apps. Progressive Web Apps aim to be the best of both worlds, and InfoWorld reports that the next releases of Angular aim to make PWAs even easier to build and deploy.
This allows developers to be more efficient, building scalable, user-friendly apps for mobile and desktop at the same time, while leveraging the skills they already have.
“We're seeing huge growth, with tons of production applications that launch every day using Angular,” said Stephen Fluin, Developer Advocate for Angular, Google. “We’re providing the stability that is key for developers, but at the same time we balance that with innovation. We keep you developing applications the way you learn. You learn Angular and write applications, then we can automatically take advantage of the web for you as it continues to progress and evolve.”
A better UI for a better UX
Infragistics has long aimed to stay at the forefront of creating tools to provide the community with the latest technologies and best experiences as they relate to the modern web. That’s why last month our CEO, Dean Guida, reiterated our commitment to deliver best-in-class UI components for developers coding on the Angular framework.
“We are proud of our rich history in providing the first UI Controls for .NET and for desktop apps in the enterprise,” said Jason Beres, senior vice president of Developer Tools, Infragistics. “The convergence of web framework maturity and development team needs today feels very similar to when Windows Forms started to dominate new projects in the enterprise. We are committing to Angular in the spirit of Misko Hevery, with the goal of bringing design and development together to achieve rapid Web app development through WYSIWYG web app building, WYSIWYG UI Design Kits, CLI for modern frameworks, and integration with today’s most popular IDEs.”
Infragistics’ newest member of the Ignite UI family features incredible UI components for PWAs with:
More than 30 true Angular components, including Infragistics’ popular Data Grid
The ability to build and deploy fast though GitHub and NPM
A Sketch UI library
An API designed to support Angular component conventions
The enterprise-ready support and training that Infragistics is known for
What’s Ahead in Ignite UI for Angular
Through continuous delivery in 2018, we will focus on delivering new features and capabilities to our Angular data grids and Angular charts. In the grid, we will be delivering row and column virtualization, master-detail views, inline editing, Microsoft Excel-style filtering, row and column pinning, full column management like grouping, pinning, and multi-column headers plus export to Microsoft Excel.
As we continue to focus on helping design teams and developers delivery software faster with beautiful UX, we will continue to delivery features like enhanced Ignite UI CLI features, integration with the Angular CLI, more Sketch UI kits and app templates for the designer-developer workflow, and visual configurators for charts and grids for any code editor, including Visual Studio Code.
Get Started Today
Click here for directions on how to install Ignite UI for Angular. Check out our list of the top reasons to get started with Ignite UI for Angular, and see what is new with the release. Then call one of our five worldwide offices to set up a product demo, and learn about our training and support.
We are excited about the recent release of Angular 5 and today's launch of Ignite UI for Angular. Here are the top reasons why:
1. Easy-to-use Angular Components
We are engineering true Angular UI Components to help you write beautiful modern web applications faster. Our components are designed to have an easy to use API supporting Angular component conventions.
2. Speed & Performance
Achieve the maximum speed possible on the Web Platform today, and take it further with Webpack and AOT compilation. Ignite UI for Angular is designed mobile-first, to be fully responsive, and require a smaller memory space. Unlock the ability to create customer-facing websites or line-of-business applications with huge data handling requirements.
3. 30+ True Angular Components and Growing
30+ components including List, NavDrawer, Carousel, Calendar, Datepicker, Dialog, Progress Indicators, Buttons, Switches and more. Our easy-to-use Angular Data Grid enables you to quickly plug your Angular models. The Data Grid also includes popular features like filtering, sorting, paging, hiding, templates, movable columns, and more!
4. Material Based
All Ignite UI for Angular components and directives are designed strictly following the material guidelines and goes together with an extensive style guide.
5. Flexible Installation & Update Options
Ignite UI for Angular is readily available on npmjs and you can easily install and update it together with all other dependencies of your project. It’s easy and automatic to get the latest bits as soon as we release them - with no time-consuming installations.
6. Dedicated Sketch UI Kit
Quickly put together a pixel-perfect design that a developer will code in no time with our free Sketch library of symbols that match the output from Ignite UI for Angular components.
7. Dual Licensing
Developers building Angular applications with Ignite v for Angular for a non-profit cause or simply building a prototype can use the framework free under the Apache 2.0 license. Commercial customers are required to purchase a license to distribute their applications.
8. Extensive Documentation & Support
Step-by-step how-to guides, tutorials, and sample code to help you write fast, and run fast modern web applications. With 24x5 phone, chat, forums, a full UI & UX services team, and account managers in offices around the globe, Infragistics is ready to help drive the success of your next project.
9. Our 2018 Roadmap
Through continuous delivery in 2018 we will focus on delivering new features and capabilities to our Angular data grids and Angular charts. As we focus on helping design teams and developers deliver software faster with beautiful UX, we will continue to deliver features like enhanced Ignite UI CLI features, integration with the Angular CLI, additional Sketch UI kits and app templates for the designer-developer workflow, and visual configurators for charts and grids for any code editor, including Visual Studio Code.
10. Our free Angular Essentials eBook
Learn best practices for building great Angular applications. Includes practical, step-by-step guidance and code examples. infragistics.com/angular-essentials-ebook
Click here for directions on how to install Ignite UI for Angular, then sign up for a free 30-day trial that includes set-up along with enterprise-ready support. Call one of our five worldwide offices to set up a product demo. We’re excited to hear what you think.