Recently the AngularJS team released a slideshow showcasing what we should expect when AngularJS 2.0 is released. It detailed that controllers, directives and AngularJS as we all currently know it will be changing, with the aforementioned features being removed.
Some people are excited and others are naturally freaking out. The steep learning curve of AngularJS means that some have had to struggle and learn harder than others to get to the point they are at now and when 2.0 is released, it will be an entirely new framework.
But, wait. Do not freak out just yet. While plans and details around version 2.0 are being released already, it is far from complete or ready for primetime.
Current estimates put AngularJS 2.0 at least one year away from release, with many speculating it is about two years away from release. Considering the backbone of AngularJS 2.0’s syntax is ES6 which will not be supported in any current browser until the end of the year, it is safe to say you should not freak out.
All the proof you need is the fact version 1.3 of AngularJS was only released on October 13th, 2014 which was 12 days ago at the time of writing this post. Currently the architecture for 2.0 I believe has not even been finalised, the design could change between now and its final release.
One thing that is for certain, is you will write directives and any additional functionality for AngularJS using Google’s AtScript which is based on ES6, with some additional tweaks that make it look similar to TypeScript.
Will AngularJS survive a major version change and major rewrite? Time will tell, but the love people have for AngularJS is quite high, so things might not turn out as bad as they did for the Python 2 to Python 3 major version change.
So relax, keep on writing applications using AngularJS 1.3 and cross the bridge of 2.0 when it comes to it.