Overview of Commonly Used UI Frameworks for AngularJS-
As its name indicates, UI Bootstrap is a collection of Bootstrap components written in AngularJS. The web developers can use the repository of components with dependencies like AngularJS, Bootstrap CSS, Angular-animate, and Angular-touch. As the directives included in the repository have external markup, the developers have the option to use the markup as templates. They can further make changes to the external markup to create custom templates according to their specific requirements. Also, they are required to use the code of required directives, as each directive has its own AngularJS module.
Videogular is an HTML5 video application framework for AngularJS web applications and websites. It offers a bindable application programming interface (API). It works for both desktop and mobile devices.
Angular Foundation is built on a modern, responsive front-end framework named Foundation. The framework offers several directives based on Foundation’s markup and CSS components. Some of them include, accordion, alert, dropdown, interchange, trigger, pagination, popover and progress bar.
The protractor is a Node.js testing framework for AngularJS applications. In Protractor, a browser is controlled using the JSON Webdriver Wire Protocol, which performs actions like finding and interacting with DOM elements in an asynchronous manner. Hence, it allows running tests against an application running in a real browser just like a user would natively do.
The framework is designed specifically to facilitate web application development with AngularJS. The users can take advantage of the CSS definitions, directives and services provided by Suave to build a variety of web-based user interfaces rapidly. The UI components provided by Suave are already included in bundle-files. So the users are not required to include the components separately. They can simply use a command to include Suave UI in their project through Bower.
The CSS based UI components provided by QuantumUI are developed over AngularJS. Each of these components is the further server and rest service friendly. The users also have the option to customize the UI components provided by QuantumUI according to their specific needs. However, some of these components provided by Quantum UI are open source, while others are commercial. The developers can easily download the open source UI components for QuantumUI from GitHub.
Ionic is a powerful front-end framework optimized for AngularJS for developing mobile applications. The framework uses AngularJS directives to support mobile components, tools and gestures made up of HTML5 and CSS3, thus offering rich user interfaces (UIs). Built with SAAS, Ionic offers a free and open-source software development kit (SDK) as well as a library of UI components for designing interactive, hybrid applications for touch devices.
Mobile Angular UI is a user interface (UI) framework for designing HTML5 mobile applications. It is optimized for AngularJS and Bootstrap and supports powerful libraries like fastclick.js and overthrow.js. The framework offers essential mobile components, such as sidebars, overlays, switches, scrollable areas and more. With Mobile Angular UI, you can design a responsive, mobile user-interface as well as convert desktop web applications to mobile applications.
The AngularJS UI component enables web developers to sort and move items through a nested list or tree seamlessly. As Angular UI Tree supports drag-and-drop functionality, it becomes easier for users to manipulate the items in a nested list or tree. Also, they have option to prevent specific elements from accepting child nodes, along with using native AngularJS scope for data binding. However, Angular UI Tree lacks many features provided by other AngularJS based UI frameworks.
The framework is available as part of AngularUI suite. It is designed as a data grid for AngularJS applications. The web developers can use Angular UI Grid to perform and manipulate large datasets. At the same time, they can take advantage of the plug-in architecture of the framework to use only the features required by their project. They also have the option to use a variety of customizable templates, and customize the templates simply by making changes to the CSS. At the same time, they can further avail features like sorting, filtering, grouping, column pinning, and virtualization.
The development framework enables developers to create responsive and beautiful layout by writing readable code with HTML. Semantic UI allows programmers to treat classes and words as interchangeable concepts. Also, the users have the option to trigger functionality using simple phrases called as behaviors. They can even take advantage of the performance logging feature of Semantic UI to identify and eliminate the bottlenecks in their code without assessing the stack traces thoroughly.
LumX is a fully-responsive front-end framework based on Google material design guidelines and optimized for AngularJS. Lumx is built with SAAS, Neat and Bourbon providing customizable application design for smooth functionality and cool features.
AngularJS is a relatively new technology improving every day. A lot of AngularJS frameworks will be developed and made available in the near future. Till then, you can choose any framework from this list depending upon your project requirements.