Traditional web development wisdom holds that a firm separation should be maintained between the frontend display code and backend server code. However, this often increases the costs needed to deploy and maintain a web application. As usage of the application increases, the server side processing quickly becomes a bottleneck with each request taking up additional limited resources. There are multiple standard solutions to this, but typically they involve an increase in server hardware – along with associated costs.
Breaking the Mold
Handling Application Flow
Once the basic pattern for a MVC framework has been established, managing the data effectively is the next priority. The goal is to create a data management backend in your model classes that allows for data manipulation at the lowest possible level. The focus is on implementing an Object-Relational Model (ORM) that operates over a REST-ful API. If your application can be reduced to communicating only basic data manipulation over a web API, then the server side becomes a lot thinner. What would require costly server processing in a traditional web application becomes a simple transformation call, populating the backend data store with parameters sent directly over from the client side. Where other web apps spend a lot of bandwidth sending data objects back and forth over the server connection, an AngularJS application with a frontend ORM can get by with more lightweight requests, saving on networking costs and reducing server load.
While AngularJS has been receiving a lot of press around the new approach it brings to frontend data presentation, the flexibility of the framework allows web developers to truly stretch the abilities of frontend processing. Where the traditional frontend is focused only on user interface and basic validation, a smarter frontend – through the use of AngularJS – can reduce overall costs for web application maintenance and give your tech organization more freedom of choice when it comes to selecting a backend provider. Instead of being tied to a specific architecture, your entire application can be tied only to a REST-ful API, allowing you to adjust your backend provider to best meet your application’s needs.