It has been fun developing AngularJS applications. It was the first complete framework that was both a higher level of abstraction than jQuery and easy enough (not “easy”, per se) to learn and use. You can even play with my Tic-Tac-Toe AngularJS applcation.
Then, around September, 2014, Angular 2.0 was announced, and 2.0.0 was released September, 2016. After 20 minutes of using Angular 2.0, it became clear that “drastically different” might have been an understatement.
“Angular” isn’t going to recover.
AngularJS was awesome, but Angular 2 was a classic case of “second system syndrome“. Angular 2 froze people out of AngularJS, but totally lost ground to the other libraries and frameworks. Angular 4 is out as of March, 2017, and the biggest thing they are bragging about is “Semantic Versioning“. They don’t seem to have much else to brag about, so why not? Oh yeah, ngIf now has an “else”. Yeah, that’s what is what is keeping Angular 2/4 down…
If there is ever a greenfield project in my future, it will use React with Redux and webpack.
Another likely alternative is Vue.js
[If the tone of this post seems weird, it is because this is a “record my current understanding and prediction” more than anything else.]
A seriously messed up post on Angular and React: here. It has the opposite prediction – that “Angular” is going to be great. Another messed up post is here. This post confuses AngularJS with Angular 2 (like, “Angular 2, created in 2010”)
Aurelia is another viable competitor in this field.