AngularJS & SemanticUI: Made for Each Other

Published May 05, 2017
AngularJS & SemanticUI: Made for Each Other

It’s just couple of years back that I started working on AngularJS, putting aside my JSF and Primefaces reluctantly. As everyone, I had no other choice, but used Brootstrap as CSS framework and thought that was how HTML theme worked. That was true with the pages in static nature. However, the exploration of client-side frameworks and responsive sites with hand-held devices, I was forced to explore for alternatives. It was an eye-opening way of theming a JavaScript-powered web page with relatively new and vibrant framework called SemanticUI. With my peripheral and horizontal technology stack and experience, I’m not an expert to write this blog. However, it’s an outpouring of my wow experience with AngularJS and SemanticUI.

It is needless to say AngularJS has an edge over competitors. When I switched from ExtJS to AngularJS, I began to marvel at the modularity and flexibility. The simplicity lies in making static HTML tags dynamic. The ‘Model-View-Whatever’ framework model allows to separate presentation logic from business logic. I love the directives and two-way-binding of it. Since the discussion on the pros and cons of AngularJS is not in the scope of this write-up, any kind of analysis on the use cases of AngularJS is left totally up to the reader. However, the simplicity and flexibility of AngularJS (not prescribing a specific application architecture or set of patterns) leads to the confusion of selecting the library of user interface components. This is where I can help you.

Are you in a dilemma of what CSS framework to use with AngularJS? Try SemanticUI, simply because both of them share the same philosophy. SemanticUI is literally semantic. It treats words and classes as exchangeable concepts. Classes use syntax from natural languages like noun/modifier relationships, word order, and plurality to link concepts intuitively. It makes dynamic styling. When it joins hands with AngularJS’ two-way-binding, it’s marvelous. Intuitive Javascript is another aspect that makes it closer to AngularJS. It uses simple phrases called behaviors that trigger functionality. Any arbitrary decision in a component is included as a setting that AngularJS binding can modify dynamically. Another feature that makes it stand out from the competitors is its simplified debugging property. Performance logging lets us track down bottlenecks without digging through stack traces.

The write-up neither compares and analyzes all competitors, nor claims to be a comprehensive answer to the question. Nevertheless, it’s just an attempt to subjectively echo how AngularJS with SemanticUI eases the web developer life. As I don’t want make it drier with code snippets and use cases, let me conclude underlining the point that both AngularJS and SemanticUI share the same philosophy and complement each other. SemanticUI needs not be the best theme framework, but it’s the better half of AngularJS. May be coincidental, but true – they are made for each other!

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