What happened to Angular 1.x ?

In the business world the underlying tech stack often does not matter. However most concerned decision makers are often stuck at the choice between React or Angular or Vue.  It often comes down to skill set of the talent at hand. In 2013 the hottest thing on market was Angular 1.x. Frontend has come a long long way from then.

It is now hard to find Frontend Engineers who still want to work on Angular 1.x  though there is still a need.  Thousands of apps were coded in Angular 1.x in the startup as well as enterprise world when companies were moving outta jQuery and Knockout. Some of the startups haven’t even launched their product and the stack is outdated and hard to find engineers.

You may not know this but it is far easier for enterprises to deal with this problem because most enterprises work with global vendors like Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Cognizant. These vendors often have talent available to them from all over the world.

However if you are a startup trying to launch a product with Angular 1.x because dev you hired from that amazing bootcamp who just graduated an Angular 1.x course and suggested that’s the hottest stack to be on, hmmm its gonna be hard for you to find an Angular 1.x engineer now.

It’s not an easy road for Angular 1.x engineers either because most companies are hiring now for Angular 4 and React or Vue. So if a Front end Engineer is not up to date with latest and greatest in this volatile front end market, it can be very challenging to find a job.

Angular 4 being significantly different than Angular 1.x has attracted a lot of C#/Microsoft teams because of their switch to typescript. While javascript lovers who have not bought the typical TS pitch “TypeScript is better because its a superset of JavaScript and provides optional static typing, classes and interfaces.” have either chosen React or Vue as their primary language.

What stack are you on?

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