What’s new in Angular: Version 7 release candidate arrives

The popular JavaScript framework for desktop and mobile apps produces better code and better supports Google’s Material Design

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The release candidate of Version 7 of Angular, Google’s popular JavaScript framework for building mobile and desktop applications, is now here. The production version’s release is slated for October 17, 2018.

Angular provides dependency injection, particularly useful for assembling data services for applications, along with use of an HTML template to compose components. In Angular, developers still compose components with an HTML component that connects to TypeScript code for imperative parts of the program.

Future version: What’s coming in Angular 7

The release candidate for Angular 7 has the following new features:

  • Application performance has been improved by automatically adding or removing the reflect metadata polyfill, making applications smaller in production.
  • Default bundle budgets have been introduced; they will warn users when applications exceed 2MB. There will be an error if the initial bundle exceeds 5MB.
  • With the CLI Prompts capability, the Angular CLI can prompt users to help them make decisions. The ng new capability asks if users want to add routing and what type of styles to use, while ng add @angular/material asks users what theme they want and if they want gestures or animations.
  • The CLI documentation has been integrated into the main Angular.io docs.
  • For Angular Material and the CDK (Component Dev Kit), Angular 7 features visual improvements from the Material Design 2018 refresh as well as virtual scrolling, for dynamically loading and unloading parts of the DOM to build high-performing, large lists of data. Also, applications can be fitted with a drag-and-drop capability.
  • Angular Elements components now support content projection via slots.

Where to download the Angular 7 release candidate

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