Once again, Rangle was a Platinum sponsor of in Salt Lake City, and this year made an even bigger impact than the last two years we've sponsored. Rangle's CEO Nick van Weerdenburg led a contingent of 23 Ranglers to the conference to learn about the future of the platform and even present some material on and our new official Angular 2 developer tool .
Here are some of our takeaways from the three-day conference.
TypeScript's Time is Now
Rangle.io's own Michael Bennett gave a talk on , a new and powerful TypeScript language feature used extensively by Angular 2. If you haven't made the jump to TypeScript, now is the time to start taking a good look.
Angular 2 is Already Being Used
Even though it's barely out of beta, people are using Angular 2 for real work, and not just in the browser. In fact, Rangle has been using Angular 2 for projects over the last year. At the conference we saw presentations from people who are actively moving their systems over to it; among them , CapitalOne, and the Weather Network. We also saw people combining it with for desktop apps and for mobile.
Just in time for launch at ng-conf, Rangle and debuted a NativeScript and Angular 2 app for the microlender which was built in only four weeks. The response and enthusiasm around the application was impressive.
Production-Grade Tooling is in the Works
The last major frontier between Angular 2 Release Candidates and a solid production experience is development and deployment tooling; on this front the members of the core team have not been idle.
Brad Green delved into plans to bring the library bundle size down aggressively, using an optimizing offline compiler and a tree-shaking bundler.
All these developments underscore the core team's desire to provide Angular 2 with the type of enterprise-grade, 'batteries included' workflow enjoyed by developers working with more traditional offline languages.
Of course, no conference is complete without some fun. Ng-conf featured a Star Wars night (May the 4th), plenty of games and giveaways, and another of . Rangle threw an amazing party, called #RangleUp, with many confernece attendees and Angular core team members in attendance.