What's new in Angular CLI 6.1?

Angular CLI 6.1.0 is out (in fact we even have a 6.1.1 available)!

It is less feature rich than the previous releases: most of the work in this release consists in refactorings and bug fixes.

If you want to upgrade to 6.1.1 without pain (or to any other version, by the way), I have created a Github project to help: angular-cli-diff. Choose the version you’re currently using (6.0.0 for example), and the target version (6.1.1 for example), and it gives you a diff of all files created by the CLI: angular-cli-diff/compare/6.0.0…6.1.1. You have no excuse for staying behind anymore!

Let’s see what we’ve got!

Internal refactoring

Even if that’s not super useful to you as a developer, the devkit project (upon which the CLI relies a lot internally) is now in the same repository than the angular-cli project.

It used to be slightly painful to open issues and contribute code, because it was hard to figure out which repository the issue/code belonged to.

The angular/devkit repository has been archived, and imported back into the angular/angular-cli repository, which is now the only source of truth.

ES2015 modules everywhere

If you check angular-cli-diff/compare/6.0.0…6.1.1, you’ll see that one of the changes is that "module": "es2015" is now used in all tsconfig.json files. It means that we now have the same behaviour when serving/building/testing the app.

Vendor source map

A new option has been introduced called vendorSourceMap allowing to have source maps for vendor packages. You can use it with:

ng build --prod --source-map --vendor-source-map

This can be useful for debugging your production packages and see what is really included, thanks to source-map-explorer.

For example, this is with sourceMap only:

Source maps

and the same source maps built with vendorSourceMap:

Vendor source maps

This is all for this small release, except the support of TypeScript 2.8 and 2.9 and the support of Angular 6.1 of course. You can check out what’s new in Angular 6.1 in our previous blog post.

All our materials (ebook, online training and training) are up-to-date with these changes if you want to learn more!

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