Angular is an application framework developed by Google. I decided to base the SnakeoilOS WebApp on Angular after finding it to be the best tool against other technologies.
Funny story - when development first begin in late Feb 2017, this framework is called Angular2. In a month (Late March 2017), Google released an update called Angular4. Angular4 is also known as Angular (feels like we have gone full circle here!).
Angular/Angular2/Angular4 is not the same thing as AngularJS (also from Google). And there is no Angular 3.
This is the reason why tools like GIT and Mantis are so important in helping me manage all this. Documenting everything down will make it easier when I decide to move SnakeoilOS to the “framework of the month".
The rapid pace of technology advancement means it’d be far better to do all my development inside VM than on physical machines. Developing everything on 1 or 2 machines is no longer feasible.
There is is a pattern in all this chaos.
The old Snakeoil WebApp (0.1.x) is 100% server-side. The new SnakeoilOS WebApp now works on two realms - Client-Side and Server-side.
All the Angular code I’ve written for SnakeoilOS is 100% client-side - i.e. Graphical User Interface. Angular is responsible for the layout, formatting, themes, language and error checking.
To pass these information to the GUI, it has to communicate with another piece of software also running on your SnakeoilOS machine - the SnakeoilOS RESTful server.
Life was a lot simpler in C/C++ land, things are moving so quickly in the Web I can hardly keep up. It does feel like everything I learn today will be outdated in 3 months time.