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April 15, 2013  |  

Discovering AngularJS

I write web applications and my usual tools are KnockoutJS and jQuery. But in the last day or so I’ve discovered AngularJS, a JavaScript framework by Google. I’m totally hooked. Here’s a simple example:

<input type="text" ng-model="yourName" placeholder="Enter a name here">
<h1>Hello {{yourName}}!</h1>

Test drive it at JSFiddle
 
It’s just markup. Yeah, there’s some clever JavaScript behind it all but the expressiveness and lack of scripting is amazing. Angular makes simple stuff simple and hard stuff doable.
 
Here are a list of links you can visit to learn more about Angular. I’ve arranged them in order from introductory to more detailed. The first two are video links (4 and 12 minutes). The videos are what “Hooked me” and gave me incentive to learn more about the framework.

The API documentation is good. The tutorial application is more time-consuming and detailed than I would like.

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