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Useful Tools for Angular JS Developers

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18 Aug 2016CPOL5 min read
The most demanding framework can ease the life of a developer as it streamlines creating dynamic views in web applications.


Angular JS is new, fast and popular framework for creating quick and fast applications. The most demanding framework can ease the life of a developer as it streamlines creating dynamic views in web applications. It also extends the old HTML to simplify your process.

Today, we will discuss the most popular and useful tools to streamline your workflow to build fantastic applications. The list contains modules, extensions, testing and debugging tools. If you have any other tools other than discussed here, you can share your tools in article comments.

Let’s start to explore the world of fabulous tools to enhance your productivity and which also simplifies your life to develop rich UI applications and perform debugging, testing and add UI to Modules.

WebStorm is the Smartest JavaScript IDE which is lightweight, powerful, equipped with complex client side and server side node.js. It has extended features to support for JavaScript, HTML, CSS to Angular JS, Meteor and much more. It has built in code assistance features like errors detection and powerful navigation. It supports Git and SVN Version Control System. Now it supports Angular 2, Typescript and React.

Sublime Text is stylish text editor for code. It has slick user interface, amazing features and reliable performance. With Goto feature, you can go to any thing to open with keystrokes. Multiple selection makes it possible to change more than one instance. Distraction free mode enables you to seamlessly work with full screen. Split editing makes it possible to work on single file with multiple changes at a time without any hassle. It is available for cross platform. Angular JS works by adding package from here.

Aptana is a free open source IDE which is a customized version of eclipse which focuses on the HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Integrated Debugger for making it easy to find the issue. It also has a git support. You can even customize the look and feel of the IDE as per your requirement. To extend the IDE for AngularJS, you need to install extension of the Angular JS from the Eclipse marketplace.

Karma is a test runner tool for Angular JS and other scripting languages. The main theme of the karma is that we believe in testing it and that’s why we create karma as simple. The other good thing about karma is that it does not make a test complex by allowing to load dozens of configurations but rather focuses on the productivity and creativity by simply writing code and getting instant feedback. It supports to run test on real devices and browsers.

Jasmine is Behavior Driven Testing framework for JavaScripts and it does not depend on browsers, DOM or any framework. That’s why it is popular for websites, node.js and everywhere JavaScript is running.

Protractor is end to end testing framework for Angular applications. It’s built on top of the WEBDRIVERJS, which uses native browser events and drivers to interact with your application like a user. With this, you can test the application without any seamless effort on your end. Automatic waiting option lets you to not wait for next event to test it automatically after finishing the pending task executes the next test.

Batarang is a debugging tool and it is available as a Chrome extension from Chrome webstore. It will inspect your application and show the results in three different tabs. The tabs include the model, dependency and performance. You can also control the dependency to show in tabs.

Ng-inspector is a browser extension supported in Chrome, Firefox and Safari. It is the inspection tool for AngularJS. You can inspect and highlight DOM Elements as you hover the scope. You can see real time scope changes like variables values and check the model and scope updated in real time. Through this, you can debug, develop and inspect Angular JS applications.

Mobile Angular UI is a mobile UI framework for building Mobile UI rich applications with the real power of HTML5 and Angular JS. It has essential mobile components that are missing in bootstrap 3. No jQuery dependencies, no required bootstrap, just simple Angular directives to streamline your workflow.

Restangular as the name mentions is the Restful service which supports Get, UPDATE, Delete and Post methods and in a simplified manner. Its requirement is best met with application which are using REST API.

Angular UI is a collection of components built using AngularJS. Its readymade directives make life easier and increase the productivity of building application.

ngDocs lets you learn AngularJS even on the mobile if you feel like you do not have enough time to learn Angular on your desktop PC. Try this great app designed for this purpose to keep learning without any platform specialties with enrich features like offline support documentation, Developer Guide, Tutorial for beginners, Fast navigation, Code samples, voice search, view source features.

Videogular is the futuristic HTML5 player for Angular JS. It is a video application framework for desktop and mobile powered by AngularJS. Extended features includes Cue Point to bind properties and trigger functions, directives are bindable, Plugins and theme support and also mobile support which is the required in this era.

Angular Angury is a Chrome developer tool extension for profiling and debugging angular 2 apps. It shows the visualization using the component trees and debugging tools. It shows immediate effect on application structure, change detection and performance. It is open source and any one contributes to make it best.

Codelyzer is a static analysis tool for angular 2 typescripts project. You can even run static code analysis on your web applications. Some of the popular rules are directive selector name prefix, component selector name prefix and Do not use @Attribute decorator.

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THe best thing is to ensure that your application performance is not getting compromised and overall it is fast paced development with the ease of third party tools and extensions.

If you have any one of the interesting tools to enlisted here, please comment so that they are also entered in this list.


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