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6 months until the 3-year period of Long Term Support

AngularJS has one more significant release in the pipeline, then enters Long Term Support period

Gabriela Motroc
AngularJS

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One part of the journey is about to end: AngularJS has one more significant release in the pipeline [version 1.7] and then it will enter a 3-year period of Long Term Support.

AngularJS, the predecessor of Angular, has one more significant release in the pipeline and on July 1st this year, it will enter a three-year Long Term Support period.

Pete Bacon Darwin, one of the earliest members of the Angular team, announced the news in a recent blog post.

The team is currently working towards a release of AngularJS 1.7.0 and we will continue development of 1.7 through June 30, 2018. On July 1, we will enter a 3 year period of Long Term Support (LTS).

AngularJS schedule

  • January 1 — June 30, 2018 AngularJS 1.7 Active Development
  • July 1, 2018 — June 30, 2021 AngularJS 1.7 LTS Period

It is important to understand that AngularJS applications which work now “will continue to work in the future and all published versions of AngularJS, on npm, bower, CDNs, etc will continue to be available.”

End of the road for AngularJS

After 1.7 is released, the team will continue to develop AngularJS; patch releases will be published through June 30, 2018, but they will only include non-breaking change features and fixes to the framework.

AngularJS will enter a Long Term Support period on July 1st, 2018. 

This means that the team will only focus on providing fixes to bugs that satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • A security flaw is detected in the 1.7.x branch of the framework
  • One of the major browsers releases a version that will cause current production applications using AngularJS 1.7.x to stop working
  • The jQuery library releases a version that will cause current production applications using AngularJS 1.7.x to stop working.

SEE ALSO: On the road to Angular 6: Beta.1 is here

One door closes, another remains wide open

“Angular has been growing more than 5x faster than AngularJS did since its original release,” Pete wrote in his blog post. What’s more, in October last year, the Angular user base became larger [with over one million developers] than the user base of AngularJS.

Although AngularJS only has one more significant release, the journey has just begun for Angular. Case in point: Angular 6 should be released in 2-3 months. As we’re getting closer to the grand finale, we start to see bits and pieces of what is shaping up to be a great version.

Author
Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc is editor of JAXenter.com and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.