Earlier on in April 2018, Google made its first major release for the year launching the V6 of Angular into the market. The new version of Angular was focused on making Angular easier to use by different individuals in order to create different types of applications.
The new Angular version also saw some major upgrades of various features, tool-chains and the introduction of a few new tools that made working with it very easy. Here are some of the major changes that were made on Angular V6.
The new Angular Elements
The new Angular elements features allow developers easily create single page applications, widgets or various components that can be included in any existing web page. With the Angular elements framework, developer’s codes are taken and rapped within a custom element that allows reuse in other projects. This was not possible in earlier Angular versions as users where always required to code from scratch any widgets or components they needed to be added to their web page.
The new rendering engine called IVY
The Angular 6 launch saw the introduction of a third rendering engine called ivy. The introduction of this rendering engine increases the speed and decreases the size of the applications built in Angular thereby increasing efficiency and reducing the need for large space. The new Ivy rendering engine was also designed to support backward compatibility with existing renderers and also increasing their speed.
Angular 6 introduces the Bazel Compiler
The developers for Angular 6 wanted something that was faster and more efficient than other languages and they achieved this in Angular 6 with the introduction of the Bazel Compiler. This compiler focuses on rebuilding what is necessary instead of rebuilding the whole codes whenever the source code is changed and this source code changes regularly as we always want to add new features, optimize or even make a part of our project function better. With the Bazel Compiler, Angular 6 will only rebuild the code which actually changed as well as all codes that depend on those changes instead of rebuilding the whole application.
Introduction of the RxJS 6.0
Angular 6 now makes use of the RxJS 6 to carry out all internal debugging and update. These changes provide developers with an easier way to debug AJAX call stacks, increase the performance of the code and improve the modularity of the codes. The RxJS 6 was also created in such a way that makes backward compatibility very possible. However, the introduction of the RxJS also changes the way things are being imported in Angular 6.
The Angular 6 release saw the movement of the language from “modules referencing services” to “services referencing modules”. This way Angular apps can be made to smaller and optimized to start up and run faster. The Tress Shaking is a built optimization step which tries to ensure all unused codes are disposed of in the final bundle. This way Angular 6 helps you achieve smaller bundles that are not only fast at startup time and while running but also bundles that are fully optimized to ensure they run very efficiently.