For those looking to get their hands dirty from day 1, I’ve compiled some links of resources that are already available that helped me along the way.
The biggest change is the new NgModule which will impact the bootstrapping of your application and the way components reference directives and pipes.
Ahead of Time (AoT) Compiler
A more detailed look at the offline (AoT) compiler, lazy loading and other changes in RC5
How to Upgrade
RC4 to RC5 Migration steps
A quick way to update your dependencies from RC4 to RC5 is to take a look at the Angular.io sites’ Quick Start project which has already been updated to use RC5. Change your to be the same, run npm install and you are away.
Follow the Examples
All of the Plunker examples from Angular.io website documentation seem to have been updated to use RC5 and show the new patterns and serve as good examples of how you should be doing things the RC5 way. For example, there have been some changes in routing which can be seen in this Plunker: