With AngularJS having reached end of life in December 2021, organizations using this popular web framework are looking for a new path forward.
In this short guide, we provide background on AngularJS end of life, top AngularJS alternatives, and long-term support options for teams who need to stay on AngularJS a while longer.
December 2021: AngularJS Reaches End of Life
After 11 years, AngularJS reached end of life on December 31, 2021. This came after three and a half years in community long-term support (including a Covid-related extension of long-term support by six months.
Why Was AngularJS Discontinued?
AngularJS was discontinued in favor of Angular, a typescript-based rebuild of the AngularJS framework. This switch was made in order to preserve the viability of Angular as a modern web framework, with a long list of improvements that make it a better fit for many web applications.
What Does End of Life Mean for AngularJS Users?
Now that AngularJS has reached end of life, AngularJS is no longer supported by the community. That means that any newfound vulnerabilities for the framework will go unpatched, and because the community isn’t issuing new releases, AngularJS apps might break when used with new browser versions.
From a practical point of view, patching these breakages or CVEs in-house will require a lot of time and expertise – a requirement that many organizations aren’t equipped to handle.
What You Need to Know About AngularJS EOL
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For organizations still using AngularJS, understanding available AngularJS alternatives and support options in critical. Luckily, there are several good open source frameworks for teams to choose from – including Angular, ReactJS, VueJS, and others.
Language aside, Angular also differs in how it approaches application architecture. AngularJS followed an MVC approach, while Angular follows a more modern, component-based architecture. This changes allows Angular to better align with modern development practices (including mobile-native applications).
Because of these changes, an AngularJS to Angular migration is more akin to a rewrite than a classic upgrade.
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The biggest difference between the two databases lies within their scope. AngularJS is much more fully-featured, providing an MVC approach. ReactJS, on the other hand, is much more lightweight – focusing primarily on the “View” aspect of the Model-View-Controller architecture used by AngularJS.
For organizations who need a lightweight AngularJS alternative ReactJS will likely be near the top of the list.
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For those considering a migration to VueJS, be sure to consider how your AngularJS deployments are using behaviors found in the AngularJS ecosystem (like two-way data flow).
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Other AngularJS Alternatives
Aside from Angular, ReactJS, and VueJS, there are a handful of other AngularJS alternatives worth considering, including:
With so many options available, organizations need to ensure they are picking a framework that both aligns with their current needs, and supports their long-term vision.
AngularJS Long-Term Support Options
Teams still using AngularJS that need more time to migrate must find an alternative means of long-term support, or face the consequences of potential app breakages and critical vulnerabilities. OpenLogic by Perforce offers AngularJS LTS, which includes security patches and fixes for breaking web browser updates.