AngularJS Reaches End Of Life
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 17 January 2022

The developers of AngularJS have announced that it has officially reached the end of its life, at least in terms of support and updates. The advice for current users is to upgrade applications that use it to the AngularJS successor, Angular.

AngularJS was created as a JavaScript-based web framework for developing single-page applications. It was maintained by Google and other developers. Angular is an open source TypeScript-based web application framework that can be used for building JavaScript apps and dynamic web pages. Following work on its development by Google, it has gained widespread support.

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To make changing from AngularJS easier, the Angular team offers ngUpgrade, a library that can be used to run Angular and AngularJS in the same application, allowing incremental migration.

However, while the AngularJS team describes Angular as the successor, things aren't quite that straightforward. A fairer description would be to say that Angular was 'inspired' by AngularJS. It's a different framework and is written in TypeScript rather than JavaScript.

Announcing the end of long term support, the AngularJS team says that following their announcement in January 2018 that work on AngularJS was ending, they extended the LTS due to the global pandemic until December 31, 2021. That date has now passed and there's no longer support for AngularJS.

While the AngularJS team is encouraging users to move to Angular, they have explained what will happen now. The CDN links will remain active and AngularJS.org will remain online. Read-only access to the code, issue, and pull request history on GitHub will still be offered, and the AngularJS npm packages will remain on npm and bower, marked as deprecated.

There are still third party options for support, from companies including XLTS.dev and Perforce, and some developers may choose to move to alternative JavaScript frameworks such as React or Vue.

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More Information

AngularJS Website

Angular Site

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