Angular 2 & its prerequisite technologies like ES6, TypeScript, RxJS, and others have changed the way that dev teams both large and small build web applications.
However, the amazing solutions that Angular 2 provides does come at a cost: significant time up front to learn & master their necessary tooling and paradigms.
Starting a new application with Angular 2 is no longer as simple as slapping a script tag into your HTML file. You now have to utilize a handful of tools to make your code work: a module bundler, a transpilation system, and more.
What you will learn
While most tutorials online cover the basics of Angular, RxJS, TypeScript, and other tools individually, the purpose of this tutorial is to cover all of them in a cohesive manner. The primary focus of this course will be showing you how to rebuild the codebase of the exemplary RealWorld Angular 2 project from scratch, which was created by this tutorial's author (Eric Simons) and co-author (Ronny Ewanek).
Although this course links heavily to "A Better Way to Learn Angular 2" for filling in some of Angular 2's fundamental concepts, we also included standalone lessons in this course to complement the step-by-step instructions. The chapters in this course are prefixed with:
Learn To: for lessons on important concepts that will be required in upcoming chapters
How To: for step-by-step instructions showing how to use those concepts
As such, by the end of this tutorial series you will have a firm understanding of how to actually build web applications with Angular 2. This knowledge includes (and is not limited to):
- Fundamental understanding of how Angular 2 works & why to use it
- How to start a fresh Angular 2 project
- Interacting with a live CRUD API for (C)reating, (R)eading, (U)pdating, and (D)estroying data
- Advanced routing
- and more.
We feel that learning is best accomplished by "doing", and as such, throughout this course we will be creating a production ready Medium.com clone called "Conduit" to demonstrate & apply these learnings. You can view a live demo of the application here. Conduit is a fully featured social blogging site including:
- Authentication with JWT
- Profiles with images
- Write/edit/read articles
- Comments on articles
- Ability to "favorite" articles
- Ability to follow other users & have their articles show up in your feed
For your convenience, we have a hosted API that you can build your application against. We're also going to release courses for how to create the backend in either Node, Rails, or Django over the next few weeks.
Throughout this course we’ll link to relevant resources to help fill potential gaps in your knowledge as well as supplementary material that can help you gain insight into the technology and its various components. However, we highly recommend that you have a firm understanding of the following before starting:
If you don't, you can follow these instructions.
If you haven't explored Angular 2's core APIs yet, we recommend going through our "A Better Way to Learn Angular 2" guide.
We're firm believers in actually writing code while learning a new language or framework, as it ensures you're not falling into the trap of "fake" learning.
If you're unsure about something specific to this course, we have a Slack channel available to Pro members where than can ask questions and receive help in real time.
With all that said, lets get started!