What’s New in Angular 14? Important Features and Examples

 

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  August, 08, 2022
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What’s New in Angular 14? Important Features and Examples

Angular 14, a new version of the TypeScript-based web application framework, angular 14 release date is 2nd June 2022. Prior to the previous versions of Angular 13, Angular 14 is considered to be the systematic pre-planned upgrade of Angular.

Web app development is made easy and quick with the introduction of new Angular 14 features like stand-alone components, which eliminates the use of ng modules.

It’s just short information about what’s new in Angular 14. We have come up with detailed information and examples to make it easy for the developers to deal with Angular development.

Angular 14 Features

As we all are aware of what is Angular, it’s time to explore the Angular 14 features introduced officially by the Angular development community.

angular 14 features

  1. Standalone Components

    The components are not dependent on any other components and are referred to as Angular 14 standalone components.

    The components of Angular 13 and the previous versions depended on the ngModules. So, for example, if you want to include or use any additional module, pipes, services, or even directories in the component, you need to import all such things in the module file.

    But in Angular 14, the scenario is entirely different. How? Let’s see a simple example of creating an Angular 14 standalone component. First, we will create one component, “HomeComponent”, as a standalone by using the command.

    ng generate component HomeComponent — standalone

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    D:\angular-14-application>ng generate component HomeComponent --standalone
    CREATE src/app/home-component/home-component.component.html (29 bytes)
    CREATE src/app/home-component/home-component.component.spec.ts (644 bytes)
    CREATE src/app/home-component/home-component.component.ts (401 bytes)
    CREATE src/app/home-component/home-component.component.css (0 bytes)
    
    

    Inside the HomeComponent file, you’ll see “standalone: true”, which means that this is the standalone component in your application.

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    //home-component.component.ts
    import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';
    import { CommonModule } from '@angular/common';
    
    @Component({
      selector: 'app-home-component',
      standalone: true,
      imports: [CommonModule],
      templateUrl: './home-component.component.html',
      styleUrls: ['./home-component.component.css']
    })
    export class HomeComponentComponent implements OnInit {
      constructor() { }
      ngOnInit(): void {
      }
    }
    
    

    So, you can easily import whatever stuff, like services, directories, and pipes, inside this component.

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    Let’s say you have 20 components in a single module. And in one component, you must import multiple services, directives, or whatever. So, it becomes mandatory for you to import all such services or directories inside the “app.module.ts” file, which applies to all the 20 components included in the application. Your application will load more, resulting in lower performance. Correct?

    But Angular 14 makes it easy for the developers to import specific services or directories within a particular component.   One drawback of this standalone component is that it does not have a stable API, and there are more chances of potential changes to it.

  2. Typed Angular Forms

    As we know, Angular typically consists of Template-Driven and Reactive Forms. So far, in Angular 13’s reactive forms. Let’s say you define a type of Reactive form and you want to update its value to another. It’s simple, but it’s not a good practice in Angular as it strictly uses TypeScript programming language.

    To make it easy for the developers, Angular 14 introduced Typed Angular Forms. It uses strictly Typing and strongly eliminates the implementation of strict typing for the Angular Reactive Forms Package.

    Angular 14’s Typed forms aim to ensure that the values inside form controls, groups, and arrays are type-safe across the API surface. It helps Angular developers to enable safer forms, especially for deeply nested complex cases.

    The excellent part of Angular 14 is that it allows the developers to use “UnTypedFormGroup” if they do not want to use Typed Forms.

  3. Streamlined Page Title Accessibility

    In Angular 13 and the previous version, it was challenging for the developers to change the title of different pages in the application. 

    Angular 14  allows the developers to add the title of every page by using the “title” property  as shown below.

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    const routes: Routes = [{
      path: 'home',
      component: HomeComponent
      title: 'My App - Home'  // <-- Page title
    }, {
      path: 'about',
      component: AboutComponent,
      title: 'My App - About Me'  // <-- Page title
    }];
    
  4. Extended Developer Diagnostics

    This feature of Angular 14 is really a boon for Angular developers. For example, if there is an error in any file except the template file, it will not throw any error. Sound astonishing?

    In the below code, we have added some text in the “ts” file, and we can see the error line.

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    import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
    import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
    
    import { AppRoutingModule } from './app-routing.module';
    import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
    
    @NgModule({
      declarations: [
        AppComponent, abcdef
      ],
      imports: [
        BrowserModule,
        AppRoutingModule
      ],
      providers: [],
      bootstrap: [AppComponent]
    })
    export class AppModule { }
    
    

    Likewise, in the template file, we are not getting any red lines:

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     :host {
    Font-family: -apple-system, BloinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", Roboto, Helvetical, Arial, Sans-Serif
    Font-size: 14px;
    Color: #333;
    Box-sizing: border-box;
    -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;
    -moz-osx-font-smoothing: grayscale; abcdef
    }
    

    New extended diagnostics provide an extendable framework that gives you more error details in your templates and suggests how you can improve them. Diagnostics give compile-time warnings with precise, actionable suggestions for your templates, catching bugs before run-time.

  5. Banana in a box” Error

    Generally, Angular developers working in AngularJS development companies typically use brackets and parenthesis in dealing with two-way data binding functionality. 

    You’ll get a syntax error by writing ([]) instead of [()]. As () looks like a banana and [] looks like a box, it is represented as “banana in a box”.

    While this error is technically valid syntax, our CLI can recognize that this is rarely what developers intend. Therefore, in the v13.2 release, we introduced detailed messaging on this mistake and guidance on how to solve this, all within the CLI and your code editor.

  6. Catch nullish coalescing on non-nullable values

    When the developers are working with Angular templates, extended diagnostics usually raise errors for (??) – nullish coalescing operators.

    This feature of Angular 14 arises when the specific input is “not nullable. In simple words, when its type is not defined or has not included null.

    Moreover,  in real-time,  the extended diagnostic features show warnings like ng build, ng serve, and in real-time with the Angular Language Service. tsconfig.json is the primary file where the developers can work with basic configurations and specify if diagnostics should be a warning, error, or suppressed.

  7. Angular CLI Enhancements

    With the launch of Angular 14, more consistency across the Angular CLI has been added to the developers by standardized CLI argument parsing. Moreover, the developers can include –lower-skewer-case format in every flag.

    With Angular 14, a feature has been initiated that has removed deprecated camel case arguments support and added support for combined aliases usage.

    1. ng completion

      Many times, it happens that the developers give the command “ng sevre” instead of “ng serve”. But, of course, it’s a typo, and it is not a big deal. And such typos mistakes throw an error in the command line prompt. 

      Considering the points from the Angular developer’s community, Angular 14 introduced a new ng completion that introduces real-time type-ahead autocompletion!

      To ensure all Angular developers know about this, the CLI will prompt you to opt-in to autocomplete during your first command execution in v14. You can also manually run ng completion; the CLI will automatically set this up for you.

    2. ng analytics

      The CLI’s analytics command allows you to control analytics settings and print analytics information. The more detailed output clearly communicates your analytics configurations and provides our team with telemetry data to inform our project prioritization. It sincerely helps a lot when you turn it on!

    3. ng cache

      ng cache provides a way to control and print cache information from the command line. You can enable, disable, or delete from disk, and print statistics and information.

  8. Angular DevTools is Available Offline and in Firefox

    The Angular DevTools debugging extension now supports offline use, thanks to a community contribution by Keith Li. For Firefox users, find the extension in the Add-ons for Mozilla.

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How To Install Angular 14?

The first step is to install Angular 14 using npm. Just execute the following command in the CLI.

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D: \> npm install - - global @angular/cli@next

How to Upgrade to Angular 14?

Read out the instructions on its official website to upgrade your Angular application to Angular v14 – https://update.angular.io/

Additional Summary

  • Along with this release, we have updated the public Angular 14 roadmap to reflect the status of current and future team projects and explorations.
  • TypeScript versions older than 4.6.0 are no longer supported.
  • Reactive form types such as FormControl and FormGroup now have generic type parameters and infer stricter types. A migration will convert existing usages to new Untyped-prefixed aliases which preserve the existing behavior.
  • Make sure you are using Node 14.15.0 or later.

Conclusion

As we’ve seen, Angular 14 is becoming more powerful for the developers as it includes features running from typed forms and Angular 14 standalone components to new primitives in the Angular CDK (component dev kit)

We’ve gone through the detailed information about every feature explained with examples to get information about the Angular 14 features. 

I hope this will help you with your upcoming/existing project using the latest Angular14 version.

Ankur Akvaliya is Sr. Software Engineer at Albiorix Technology. He is a dedicated and hard-working person to deals with any technological needs. He is prominent in working with object-oriented design, problem resolution, requirement gathering, and finally debugging the code.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Angular 14 stable?

With Angular 14, web application development is easy, but it does not support a stable API and will potentially change outside our typical model of backwards compatibility.

What is the Angular 14 release date?

2nd June 2022 is the official Angular 14 release date.

What is Angular 14 StackBlitz?

StackBlitz is an online IDE where the developers can easily create Angular, React, and Vue projects quickly and easily in your browser. It takes care of installing dependencies, compiling, bundling, hot reloading as you type, and much more.

What are Angular 14 release notes?

To know more about the Angular 14 release notes, continue reading the official guideline: https://angular.io/guide/releases

Ankur Akvaliya

Ankur Akvaliya is Sr. Software Engineer at Albiorix Technology. He is a dedicated and hard-working person to deals with any technological needs. He is prominent in working with object-oriented design, problem resolution, requirement gathering, and finally debugging the code.

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