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Angular 17 was released


The web development community is buzzing with excitement as Angular 17 makes its debut. This release marks another significant step in what the community has coined the "Angular Renaissance." Angular 17 brings a host of new features that modernize the framework, making it more enjoyable and efficient to work with. It's not just about adding new capabilities; this release also places a strong emphasis on enhancing performance behind the scenes. Let's dive into the key features of Angular 17 that are creating a stir in the development world.

Easier Server-side Rendering (SSR)

Angular 17 streamlines the process of adding Server-side Rendering (SSR) to your applications. Enabling SSR is as simple as running the command ng add @angular/ssr. No complex configurations or tedious setup required. For new projects, Angular now prompts you to enable SSR during the project creation process with ng new.

Moreover, Angular 17 optimizes SSR implementation to ensure your website loads as quickly as possible, delivering outstanding overall performance.

New Control Flow Syntax

One of the most exciting additions in Angular 17 is the new control flow syntax, which simplifies the process of incorporating control flow statements into your Angular templates. No more reliance on *ngIf, *ngFor, or *ngSwitch. Instead, you can use intuitive syntax like:

@if (someCondition) {
  <p>Rendered conditionally!</p>

@for (item of items; track {
  {{ }}

@switch (source) {
  @case ("google") {
    <p>Thanks for finding us on Google</p>
  @case ("youtube") {
    <p>Thanks for following us on YouTube</p>
  @default {
    <p>Maybe we'll meet in the future</p>

This new syntax not only simplifies your templates but also improves performance by optimizing operations behind the scenes. It's worth noting that the new control flow syntax is available as a "Developer Preview" in Angular 17, which means there might be some changes in the details in future versions.

Deferrable Views

Lazy loading just got a whole lot easier with Angular 17. Instead of being restricted to route-level lazy loading or dealing with complex APIs for more granular lazy loading, Angular 17 introduces the @defer template syntax.

@defer can be used with various triggers, such as viewport visibility, interaction, or hover, to lazily load specific parts of a template. For example:

<section #links>
  <h2>Useful Links</h2>
  @defer (on viewport(links)) {
    <app-useful-links />

This feature allows you to lazily load content at a granular level, making Angular applications even more responsive and efficient.

Stable Signals

Signals were introduced as an alternative state management and change detection mechanism in Angular 16. With Angular 17, Signals are now stable and ready for use. They provide an efficient way to manage state and track changes. For example:

const input = signal(1);

const result = computed(() => input() + 5); // Result now yields 6

// Result now yields 7

More Signal-related features are coming in the future, such as "Signal-based Components," promising further enhancements.

And There's More!

Angular 17 is not just about these key features; it brings a plethora of other exciting improvements and enhancements to elevate your web development experience. This release reaffirms Angular's commitment to staying at the forefront of modern web development technologies.

The Angular community is abuzz with anticipation, and developers are eager to explore all that Angular 17 has to offer. So, don't miss out on the "Angular Renaissance" – upgrade to Angular 17 and experience the future of web development today!

More info can be found on the newly updated documentation website: