This is just a rant about Angular 2. You should not take it too seriously, but you should take it seriously.
Yes, Angular 1 had its problems: the service factory confusion, the scopes, the style guide (after we had one) did not work well with CoffeeScript, … . So I had high hopes for Angular 2 … until I saw Angular 2!
And then there are the annotations. I can still remember when J2EE got out of hands. The framework became too complicated and to create one service, you had to create ten different files. Then J2EE introduced annotations, which tried to fix the symptoms — but the root cause was still there. Why they did not think about their entire design and instead patched it up with annotations is still not comprehendable to me. And now I see Angular 2 doing just the same! Patching up a flawed system with annotations — fixing symptoms without healing the disease. This signals the beginning of the end for me.
IDEs — why are all these people jumping back onto the IDE train with Angular 2? I have worked with IDEs for half of my professional life. I didn’t know any better, until I started working without an IDE — what a relieve and productivity boost this was. Today I am happy to not having to use an IDE most of my time. IDEs simply cover up bad designs in a language or framework! If you need an IDE, your language or framework is flawed. Again, IDEs try to attack the symptoms, while leaving the underlying disease untouched. If you can’t remember a method signature without the help of an IDE code completion, then your method signatures are fucked up. Using an IDE to cover that up is simply a psychological suppressing mechanism. Don’t do it, if you want to stay healthy, productive and happy! I am not going into all the other bullshit an IDE „automates“ for you so that you have no idea what’s going on, if it does not go according to plan…
I come to the end of my little rant about Angular 2. I am disappointed and I cannot fathom, that very bright and intelligent people come up with ideas like that. To me, Angular 2 is just downright ugly — ugly to read, ugly to write and ugly in its concept. What do you think?