How to become good at making UI for angular apps?

UI With Angular
Angular is a huge framework and is probably a solution for any kind of web applications today. It is managed by Google and google comes with updates for angular every year.

In this article we are going to learn how to become good at making UI for angular applications. so first of all we need to see the requirements in order to become a UI developer. we must have intermediate knowledge about some of most important and basic keys in web development and those are 

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • BOOTSTRAP
  • JAVASCRIPT
Next, If you have great knowledge of these above technologies then you may proceed learning to become UI developer for angular application. 

I want to let you know that Angular is a component based framework and that is also one of building blocks of an angular framework. so the tricky part of being an Angular UI developer is that you must know the basics of angular components and modules.

If you are in a way of learning angular , you must have great knowledge of creating components and modules as they are most important in order to create the application's architecture.

Here are some of Angular concepts you must have knowledge of,  to become good at making UI's in angular.
  1.     How to use Components and modules for best angular application architecture 
  2.     Make changes to root index file
  3.     Make use of CSS, SCSS or SASS and Js files.
  4.     Import third party libraries
  5.     Import bootstrap in Angular
  6.     Angular material
  7.     Lazy load

How to use Components and modules for best angular application architecture 

Components and module both are building blocks of an angular application. A component contains 4 files in it example:
  • app.component.html
  • app.component.css
  • app.component.ts
  • app.component.spec
Where app.component.html and app.component.css have important role in order to create UI's in angular so these two files considered to have in knowledge if want to become good at making UI's.

A Module is important file that hold all the configuration of its components, third party npm modules etc. Modules are  important because if you have great module's structure according to the requirements of your application. 
You can have multiple components in a module and it can be considered as a different section for different category.  

Make changes to root index file

In order to become a professional UI developer , you must have knowledge to customize things. It takes time but ,later on you reach the level where you can customize your thing and have more advance version of your skills.

So in Angular , there you will find a number of cases where you need to import external js files , CDN etc. So, to import those files you can use index.html but we have place for them in angular.json.

Angular has it own configuration file where we can setup our external files and CDN's etc.
In angular.json is a file where you can import assets path of files like css , scss, sass, xml and js etc 

Make use of CSS, SCSS or SASS

Angular CLI asks you if you what style format you want to use into your angular application like SCSS, CSS, LESS, STYLUS.

Angular style format
In order to become a successfully UI developer you must also need to change the format for the existing  angular applications.
Use the command to set the format you want to use while create app.
ng new your-project-name --style=scss
If you want to use a default style format for all future projects use the following command:

ng config --global defaults.styleExt=scss

Import third party libraries

Angular is a complete solutions of today's generation web development and we have so much to add into our angular application from third parties like any package form node package manager or you may directly import libraries into the app.

In order to be a good developer you must have ability to import those libraries to your angular application as there are so many libraries in the market and even getting built more.

So, if you are willing to improve your skills to become a professional UI developer then you may need to work with third party libraries and must learn.

Import bootstrap in Angular

Bootstrap is very important to UI designers and developers as we can have so many ready made classes for web page so that it can save time and efforts while making HTML.
 
Bootstrap is very popular and easy to import it in angular application. there are 3-4 ways to import bootstrap in the application. so you must have ability to add bootstrap in angular application as it is kind of necessary thing for any UI developer 

It can easily be installed from node package manager with the command :
 npm install bootstrap 
and import this peice of code into your style sheet
@import "~bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.css"

Angular Material

Angular Material

Angular material is a UI component infrastructure that was mainly developed for mobile and web angular application. it is very popular and provides great feature.

Material is not only for UI things but also gives us API's like ready made dialogs,  buttons, lists and much more.

In Angular , you can build modern designs with material, personally i use bootstrap and material together to make more than half things ready.

Lazy Load

Lazy load is interesting where you can load a component or module at real time and with the lazy load a module can have its children component with separate design structure like separate header or footer or whatever according to your need. 
It is very important to learn as fetching data or component at real time is a great approach to avoid unnecessary memory leakage or time,
If you are in a way to become good angular designer or developer then you must have knowledge to implement lazy load.

Summary

In this article , we focused on some of most important  angular concepts we must learn to become good making UI for angular apps.

Making UI's is first thing before doing the development in any web technology. so you must have awareness of such thing if you are going to learn angular. if you are a great learner then it is not going to be a big deal for you but you may find it interesting as Angular has its own structure to implement and that is way more easier than any other framework nowadays.

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