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Top 5 Books to Learn Angular for Beginners - Best of Lot

Hello guys, if you have ventured into the Modern frontend development world then you may have heard about the Angular framework, one of the leading JavaScript frameworks for web development using Model view Design Pattern. The first version of Angular to be ever built was AngularJs, which was developed by Google. It is an open-source platform that is powered by JavaScript for developing mobile and web apps and was first released in 2010 by Google. It was aimed at making web design and development easier for programmers. 

Six years later, the same team that worked on the AngularJs came together and wrote the second version of AngularJs. Only this time, they used Typescript to code it, and instead of AngularJs 2, they called it Angular 2. The same would go for the subsequent releases of the Framework.

Due to some package misalignment, Angular 3 was skipped, and in 2017, Angular 4 and Angular 5 were introduced. Angular version 4 introduced a more natural and more convenient way of making HTTP calls with more flexibility and animation designs.

When version 5 was released late the same year, most developers became apprehensive of the whole language. The main changes were the rich material design libraries that were introduced. Just like with 4 and 5, Angular 6 and 7 were also released in 2018. Version 6 was in mid-2018 and version 7 in late 2018. Both versions had significant changes made, and most people migrated quickly from 5 to 7.

In 2019 version 8 was released, and in February 2020, Angular 9 was released and the current version is Angular 14.  Both have faster run and debug time, improved CSS, and create smaller bundles with more manageable components, etc. If you are looking to learn Angular, below is a list of the best books to search out for.

If you are just starting on Angular, then the best version to start with is 14 is yet to become very stable and if you need a course along with these books, I highly recommend Angular - The Complete Guide course by Maximilian on Udemy.

5 Books to Learn Angular from Scratch

Without wasting any more of your time, here is my list of best books to learn Angular for beginners. These are the books that are highly recommended by Angular experts and useful for anyone teaching Angular for frontend development. You can also use them if you want to learn Angular to become a full-stack developer.

1. The Ng-book - A Complete Book on Angular

This book, also known as Ng-Book, has been often referred to as the bible of Angular. If you are looking for a simple yet detailed guide to the world of Angular, then this is the book for you. The book covers the following topics in Angular 11 (depending on the version you purchase). Plus, what is better than a book by the developers of the Framework themselves?

Chapter one covers Writing Your First Angular 11 Application and chapter two covers Binding Data to Components and introduction to Typescript, Using Annotations and Types

Chapter three covers Angular 11 Concepts - How Angular Works with Components, Controllers, and Views Chapter four covers Using the Built-in Components and five Forms and Validations. If you want, you can also combine this book with the Angular - The Complete Guide course by Maximilian on Udemy, which also covers Angular 11 and a solid resource for anyone looking for active learning.

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Anyway, chapter 6 of Ng-book covers Understanding Observables and RxJS with Data Architecture with Observables and RxJS. Chapter seven covers Data Architecture With Redux and Angular and eight covers Intermediate Redux with Angular.

Chapter nine covers Dependency Injection and Services and 10 covers Working with APIs and HTTP. 11 and 12 cover Routing and Hybrid Apps: Porting An Angular 1 App to Angular 11, respectively. 13 covers Writing Advanced Components and Understanding Lifecycle Hooks.

The final two chapters include Testing and Writing Mobile Apps with NativeScript, respectively. It costs 79 dollars and you can either buy it on Amazon or their own site. They are also providing a free chapter, whose PDF you can download here.

2. Angular Up and Running

If you are no stranger to programming, you must have come across one of the O'Reilly series in any language. It is a firm owned by Tom Reilly that publishes books, articles, etc. on tech and programming languages. It is trendy and quite amazing.

However, to be able to fully understand the O'Reilly Angular books, one needs a little background knowledge in typescript and JavaScript. It costs roughly 30 USD on Amazon. It was published in 2018 and covers from the basics of angular to advanced. It is available both in hard copy and softcopy.

For a better learning experience, you can also combine this book with the  Angular Crash Course for Busy Developers course from Udemy.

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If you are a programmer looking to acquire a new skill set, this book is perfect. But if this is your first time with web design ever, then the ng-book is more recommendable.

3. Beginning Angular with Typescript

This is another haven for newbies. If you are picking up a programming book for the first time, then this is for you. It is simple, straightforward, and very concise. The book is written by Greg Lim, who has also written lots of books on other programming languages and even a tech enthusiast.

The little con with this book is that it was last edited in 2017, so the latest version of angular is version 7.

The best way to go with this book is to combine it with an online course that is more up-to-date like Angular: Getting Started By Deborah Kurata on Pluralsight. This way, you will benefit from great reading and some online learning using this course.

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4. Angular in Action

This is another good Angular book for semi beginners, written by Jeremy Wilken. To be able to make the best of this book, one needs to know basic HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and concepts of object-oriented programming. It cost 36 dollars. The book is quite extensive and covers everything. It is available as both a hard copy and an ebook.

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5. Angular Development with Typescript

This is another pervasive book for someone looking to learn Angular by Anton Moiseev, Yakov Fain. The book covers everything with very challenging exercises. It also has source codes for users who want to play edit.

If you are looking for a crash course in angular, then this is not for you. But if you want something reliable and dependable, this book is the way to go. It was released in December 2018 and has only angular 7 covered. There have been subsequent editions with the introduction of versions 8 and 9.

Btw, if you are a Java developer and learning Angular to become a full-stack developer then I also suggest you checkout Go Java Fullstack with Angular and SpringBoot course by fellow blogger and Udemy instructor Ranga Rao Karnam. It's a great course for Java developers learning Angular.

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That's all about the best books to learn Angular for beginners. If you are looking to become a frontend developer or a full-stack developer. Learning Angular can be an excellent addition to your skillset. There is a massive demand for people with Angular skills and being Google behind it, you can expect Angular is here to stay. That means any investment you make in learning Angular in terms of time and money will pay you rich dividends for a long time.

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Thanks for reading this article so far. If you find these Angular books useful, then please share them with your friends and colleagues. If you have any questions or feedback, then please drop a note.

P. S. - If you are new to Angular and looking for some free online training courses to kick-start your Angular development journey, then you can also check out this list of free Angular courses for front-end developers.

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