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AngularJS has Officially Reached the End of Life.

Web Development Jan 8, 2022

It's a sad day to announce to developers that the AngularJS JavaScript Framework has officially reached the End of Life (EOL) status. The development team behind the TypeScript-based Angular Framework hopes that users will move forward with the successor of the AngularJS Framework.

AngularJS was originally released by Google in 2010. AngularJS reached the EOL status on December 31st – even with long-term support ceasing from the community behind the framework. People can still seek support from third-party providers including support from XLTS.dev and Perforce. The source code will be available on GitHub, NPM, CDN, and Bower.

Although Angular was inspired by AngularJS – Google’s newest follow-up Angular is honestly a different framework. It uses many of the same philosophies, but it has been rewritten in TypeScript back in 2016. TypeScript provides static typing, supporting the development experience and helping to identify bugs before deployment into production.

The End of Life status for AngularJS carries some risks. When an open source community's long-term support reaches  the end of life (EOL), no more patches are going to be released. For many users, the risk of using EOL versions of software is that if a new high severity or critical vulnerability is discovered, no patches will ever become available in the future.

AngularJS is widely used for web applications. This can cause changes to browsers could also affect functionality. AngularJS users have four options, including keeping the app on AngularJS with EOL risks, or rewriting apps to the latest version of Angular, and finally rewriting using another JavaScript framework, or keeping the app on AngularJS and getting support.

AngularJS made web development better by allowing engineers to build complex business applications. It’s really difficult to say how many users are still using or going to be using AngularJS, because the framework is often distributed as a JavaScript file directly referenced from a static server. Based on the  NPM downloads,  roughly 80 percent of the base of developers use Angular while 16 percent still use AngularJS.

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Traven West

Traven loves to discuss web applications, security, software, and how to keep web servers up and running plus secured. He codes in PHP and Java in his free time.