Before we dive into setting up our development environment, let’s take a look at the tools we need to get started.
NPM, on the other hand, is a package manager for Node.js. We’ll be using NPM to manage the dependencies and packages required by our Angular project.
You can use any text editor to write code in Angular, but an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) or code editor can make your life a lot easier. Some popular options are Visual Studio Code, WebStorm, and Sublime Text.
Git is a version control system that allows you to keep track of changes made to your codebase. We’ll be using Git to manage our project’s source code and collaborate with other developers.
Now that we have all the necessary tools, let’s set up the perfect development environment for building Angular apps.
The first step is to install Node.js on our machine. You can download the latest version of Node.js from the official website https://nodejs.org/en/download/. Choose the version that’s compatible with your operating system and run the installer.
After installing Node.js, verify that it’s installed correctly by running the following command in your terminal or command prompt:
This command should display the version number of Node.js installed on your machine.
Now that Node.js is installed on our machine, we can use Node Package Manager (NPM) to install the Angular CLI. Open your terminal or command prompt and run the following command:
npm install -g @angular/cli
This command will install the latest version of the Angular CLI globally on your machine. To verify that Angular CLI is installed correctly, run the following command:
This command should display the version number of Angular CLI installed on your machine.
With Angular CLI installed on our machine, we can create our first Angular app. Open your terminal or command prompt and navigate to the directory where you want to create your app.
Run the following command to create a new Angular app:
ng new myapp
This command will create a new Angular app called “myapp” in the current directory. Angular CLI will set up the basic folder structure and install all the necessary packages and dependencies.
Once your Angular app is created, navigate to the app directory using the following command:
To run your Angular app, use the following command:
This will compile your code and start a development server at http://localhost:4200/. You can open this URL in your browser to see your Angular app running.
Setting up the perfect development environment for building Angular apps is easy and straightforward. With Node.js, NPM, an IDE or code editor, and Git, you have everything you need to build amazing Angular applications.
In this article, we covered the basic steps for setting up a development environment for Angular, from installing Node.js to creating and running your first Angular app. Armed with this knowledge, you’re ready to dive into the wonderful world of Angular development.