Thinking of dipping your toes into Angular? If you have gone through our 10 best tutorials to learn AngularJS post and would like to play around with Angular on your own, you’re on the right post. We have here some tools that can streamline your development workflow.
We’re looking at 15 of the best IDEs, text editors, tools for testing & debugging, modules and development tools and apps for building with Angular. If you have your favorite tools or apps, do share them with us in the comments below.
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IDE & Text Editor
In the programming world, there are two types of editors: full featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and lightweight text editors. Both allow for faster development workflow. The IDE and text editor we listed below are pretty good tools to speed up your Angular development. They can be easily configured for the Angular environment.
One of the most popular text editors available, Sublime Text is loved by many because of its customizability to adapt to any kind of programming environment. It is also fast and has customizable code snippet support, and has many packages including the AngularJS package which allow you to work with Angular. Here is a great post by Dan Wahlin you can check out about this.
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Testing & Debugging Tools
Testing and debugging are important parts of the development process especially in an environment like Angular. Here are some of the tools that can help you test and debug your application.
When compared to Jasmine, MochaJS is more flexible but Jasmine comes as an all-in-one package. With MochaJS, if you want to use spy framework, you need to set up Mocha with its appropriate library like sinon.js. And if you need assertion framework, Mocha needs to be configured with a framework like Chai.
Protractor is probably the most powerful automated end to end (e2e) Angular testing tool. Developed by the Angular team, Protractor is built by combining some great technologies available today like NodeJS, Selenium, webDriver, Mocha, Cucumber and Jasmine.
Besides Protractor, another great tool developed by the Angular team is Angular Batarang. Batarang is a Chrome extension for debugging Angular applications. After inspecting your app, Batarang will show you the model, performance and dependency debugging results in three different tabs. You can also control the inspection, deciding whether to show the applications, bindings or scopes.
ng-inspector is a browser extension supported on Chrome and Safari. Unlike Batarang which shows up in DevTools, ng-inspector prefers the side panel display instead. You can inspect and highlight DOM elements as you hover over a scope. You can also see the scope and model updated in real time.
The best place to find Angular modules is ngmodules.org. But if you need a quick overview, below is a list of some good resources we’ve collected for you.
AngularUI is a collection of UI components built with AngularJS. Its utility directives help you build Angular applications faster. Instead of widgets, AngularUI uses raw directives like
ui-calendar etc. The directives you’ll probably like the most is its UI-Bootstrap which can natively create Twitter Bootstrap in Angular. Check out its clean and nice documentation page to get started.
ng-Table – Sorting and Filtering Table
If you need tables in your web application, the kind that can be sorted and filtered, then ngTable is the tool you are looking for. It also supports variable row heights and great pagination capabilities.
With Angular, you may have a hard time working working
$http for creating Rest API. Restangular can help make the usage of get, delete, update and post data requests easier. Some features that set Restangular apart from
$resource are HTTP method support, self-linking element, promises usage and many more. Find out more here and check out the live demo on Plunkr.
Angular-Gettext is a superb Angular module for super-easy localization. The key features are you can translate your web app as easy as adding
attribute. It lets you focus on your app development and leave all translations to Angular-Gettext.
Tools & Apps
Lastly, we’re just going to leave this here. It’s a list of more tools and apps that can probably make your Angular development process easier and smoother. They work well with those who are just starting to pick up Angular.
Yeoman has a code generator called Generator Angular. With this tool, you can speed up your Angular development with only couples of terminal command. It can automatically generate development server, unit and framework testing, view, directives and more.
ngDocs – AngularJS Reference
ngDocs is an Android app that provides AngularJS documentation and references, nice and simple. Some basic tutorials are also available if you are new to Angular. There are additional features like a developer guide and error reference that you may like to see. With this on your Android device, pick up on Angular wherever you go.