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Nrwl Extensions for Angular (Nx)

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What is Nx?

🔎 Nx is an open source toolkit for enterprise Angular applications, which is based on our experience working at Google and helping the Fortune 500 build ambitious Angular applications. It provides an opinionated approach to application project structure and patterns.

Nx is an extension for the the Angular CLI implementing the monorepo-style development. It is also a collection of runtime libraries, linters, and code generators helping large teams build better with Angular.

Why Nx?

On the surface, large and small organizations care about the same things: consistency, writing robust, maintainable code, making changes with confidence, being able to understand how the system works.

What’s different about large organizations is that they have hundreds of Angular engineers building dozens of apps. So they have a lot of code, which changes everything.

  • While ten (10) developers can reach a consensus on best practices by chatting over lunch, five hundred (500) developers cannot. You have to establish best practices, team standards, and use tools to promote them.
  • With three (3) projects developers will know what needs to be retested after making a change, with thirty (30) projects, however, this is no longer a simple process. Informal team rules to manage change will no longer work with large teams and multi-team, multi-project efforts. You have to rely on the automated CI process instead.

In other words, small organizations can often get by with informal ad-hoc processes, whereas large organizations cannot. Large organizations must rely on tooling to enable that. Nx is this tooling.

Getting Started

An Nx workspace is an Angular CLI project that has been enhanced to be enterprise ready. Being an Angular CLI project means it will be handy to have the Angular CLI installed globally, which can be done via npm or yarn as well.

npm install -g @angular/cli

Note: If you do not have the Angular CLI installed globally you may not be able to use ng from the terminal to run CLI commands within the project. But the package.json file comes with npm scripts to run ng commands, so you can run npm start to ng serve and you can run npm run ng to run any of the ng commands.

After you have installed the Angular CLI, install @nrwl/schematics.

npm install -g @nrwl/schematics

After installing it you can create a new Nx workspace by running:

ng new myworkspacename --collection=@nrwl/schematics

You can also add Nx capabilities to an existing CLI project by running:

ng add @nrwl/schematics

You are good to go!

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