I can trace Angular’s beginnings to 2009, on a project called Google Feedback. We’d gone through months of frustration with our development speed and ability to write testable code. At around the six month mark, we had around 17,000 lines of front-end code. At that point, one of the team members, Misko Hevery, made a bold statement that he’d be able to rewrite the whole thing in two weeks using an open source library that he’d created as a hobby.
I figured that a two week delay couldn’t hurt us that much and we’d at least be entertained by Misko scrambling to build something. Misko missed his time estimate. It took three weeks. We were all astounded, but even more astounding was that the line count for this new app had dropped from 17,000 to a mere 1,500. It seemed that Misko was onto something worth pursuing.
Misko and I decided we’d build a team around the concepts he started with a simple charter: to simplify the web developer’s experience. Shyam Seshadri, this book’s co-author, went on to lead the Google Feedback team in developing Angular’s first shipping application.
Since then, we’ve developed Angular with guidance both from teams at Google and from hundreds of open source contributors around the world. Thousands of developers rely on Angular in their daily work and contribute to an amazing support network.
We’re excited to learn what you’ll teach us.
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We’d like to give special thanks to Misko Hevery, father of Angular, for having the courage to think very differently about how we write web applications and to drive it into reality; to Igor Minar for bringing stability and structure to the Angular project and for building the roots of today’s awesome open source community; to Vojta Jina for creating many parts of Angular, and for giving us the fastest test runner the world has ever seen; to Naomi Black, John Lindquist, and Mathias Matias Niemelä for their expert editing assistance. And finally, thank you to the Angular community for their contributions, and for teaching us about making Angular great through feedback from building real applications.