Why the AngularJS and Drupal Combination will make you rethink your web strategy

  • By :Shefali
  • Date :30-06-2017

A seasoned web developer would call this a match made in heaven. Drupal and AngularJS together can create rich and dynamic web experiences that might want you to reconsider your web development strategy altogether.

We have already spoken about how Drupal has proven to be one of the best CMS frameworks out there. But what is AngularJS really and how does it make Drupal more amazing? Read on.

The Super-heroic AngularJS

To put it simply, AngularJS is a Javascript framework backed up by our very own glorious Google that can let you do really cool things on your user’s browser without having to fetch data from your server. HTML lets you create static pages and is not designed for dynamic views. Javascript was created to make those static pages more interactive. Here’s some more good-to-know info about AngularJS -

  • AngularJS is an extremely lightweight and concise framework that is profoundly extensible and lets you do some seriously fascinating things with your website.
  • Since it is a front-end framework, it does not have to reach out to your server to perform tasks that would otherwise require you to do so.
  • Web developers and designers love HTML for its simplicity, clarity and intuitivism in its code structure. AngularJS makes use of HTML to define user interfaces, hence letting you build interactive web applications that are highly functional and hard to break.
  • Its client-side nature keeps those cyber-attacks at bay as any injected data cannot go close to your server.
  • AngularJS implements the MVC (Model-View-Controller) framework which allows for faster development process, multiple views, asynchronous technique, SEO friendly development and many more valuable features.
  • Unit testing is a breeze with AngularJS as it comes setup with it making it fast and easy for developers to test their code.
  • With a mind-blowing functionality like two-way data binding, user actions can immediately trigger application objects and vice-versa, thereby proving to be an extremely interactive framework.
  • Drupal Meets AngularJS

    When an impressive front-end framework meets a super-powerful backend content management framework, there ought to be fireworks! Drupal is a flexible and scalable enterprise-class CMS which can be used to develop powerful web applications that can be designed for small to large scale businesses. Being an open-source CMS, it is highly customizable and can be tailored to fit any business requirements. You can only imagine the extensibility and customizability the combination of the two open- source frameworks, Drupal and AngularJS, can provide. Two is better than one, they say. When put together, let’s look at the goodness Drupal and AngularJS can provide.

    Going the Headless way

    A lot has been going around about Headless Drupal. So what is this weird sounding term anyway? With headless Drupal, the browser does not directly connect to Drupal. Instead of seeing Drupal’s head (pun intended), which is the presentation layer/ theme, the user will see pages that have been created by front-end frameworks such as AngularJS. The idea here is to use Drupal’s flexible and powerful back-end capabilities to the fullest while letting a more interactive front-end framework do the talking to the browser. It is believed that client-side front-end frameworks like AngularJS are the future of the web.

    Drupal-AngularJS-Connection
    The Drupal – AngularJS Connection

    Power Packed Performance

    Drupal on its own can perform effectively even when dumped with heaps of functionality. However, when you offload some of the business logic to the client-side AngularJS, you are remarkably unburdening your Drupal backend. Using AngularJS for theming or presentation and Drupal as the backend data source can substantially boost the performance of your Drupal website. When you move display logic to the client-side and streamline your backend, you end up with a super speedy site.

    Reduced Coding for developers

    Creating a basic working Drupal website does not take a lot of coding or development work. AngularJS can make these basic Drupal websites more interactive, rich and dynamic without a lot of complex coding. AngularJS uses directives, HTML to define user interfaces, plain objects for data models, etc. which sums up to writing much lesser code. Since it uses HTML to define user interface codes, it makes it takes lesser efforts by the developers to build interactive pages when compared to writing complete Javascript codes.

    Isolation of logic

    AngularJS implements the MVC framework which lets you separate business, controller and model logic in your web application. Isolating application logic from user interface will result in a cleaner, clearer and non-redundant code structure. Should your most crucial developer leave you mid-way, with this architecture, it won’t be hard for a new one to catch up. This also helps remove a lot of backend logic from Drupal, thereby making it more light-weight and efficient.

    Security – Raise the bar

    With Drupal you can be assured of your website’s security if you have followed the security protocols diligently. In the huge Drupal community, it is hard to have a security flaw go un-noticed and un-patched thereafter. AngularJS adds that extra layer of security to Drupal websites. Since the browser communicates with AngularJS, there’s no direct server-side interaction. This makes it difficult for hackers to inject malicious code into databases.

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