Monday, November 28, 2016

AngularDart 2.1 and new Components

AngularDart got its own dedicated team 5 months ago. Last month, we launched 2.0 final on the Dart Developer Summit. Today, we’re releasing the first minor release after that: 2.1.

Since the focus of AngularDart is Productivity, Performance, Stability, there are no major breaking changes (see the changelog) — but a lot of behind-the-scenes improvements. Your apps will get slightly smaller and faster (even relative to 2.0 which already made huge strides in size and performance since the compiled-from-TypeScript days).

Many features that AngularJS had to implement for JavaScript and TypeScript are not needed in Dart (because Dart already has those features out-of-the-box). So we’re removing them from AngularDart. Renderer is deprecated in favor of plain-old dart:html. NgPlural is going away — Dart programs can use the package:intl library.

New components

On the Dart Developer Summit, we launched AngularDart Components — the material design widgets Google is using in customer-facing apps like AdWords and AdSense. Hundreds of Google engineers work with these components every day.

And today, we’re adding another component to the pack. Namely, <material-dialog>, a customizable modal window created with the material design principles.

Note: the open source AngularDart Components do not currently accept pull requests. They will in the future, and we do follow GitHub issues, of course.

We hope AngularDart 2.1 and AngularDart Components will serve you well. Let us know what you think!