Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NDC London–Day 1

Day 1 at NDC London is over. Learned a lot about Angular.js and looking forward for the next day.

You can find my sample code here: https://github.com/wullemsb/NDC-London---Angular-Day-1

If you are interested, I added all my notes during the workshop. You’ll see that we learned a lot Glimlach


  • More like MVVM & Silverlight building experience
  • Very extensible framework
  • Forward looking
    • Takes into account future evolutions in JavaScript & HTML

Getting started

  • Use Nuget


  • Multiple modules available
  • Angular.core is the only one required
  • Angular does not have any dependencies(!)
  • 'ng-app' : bootstrap element

Other starting points

  • Yeoman: does scaffolding(more designed for MAC, Linux)


  • Angular-Seed: gives you an example of how to structure your app



  • Default directive syntax is not HTML compliant
    • Will not pass through an Html validator
    • Alternative syntaxes available

Templates and Views

  • Representation of the model
  • Uses a combination of {{ }} and directives

Change detection

  • Not done through observables but through snapshot change detection
    • Is a little more expensive than what Knockout etc… does
  • In EcmaScript 6 this will be fixed, it will have an object.observe function

ng-cloak directive

  • It's annoying to see the raw html before the template is applied
  • To fix this, you can use the ng-cloak element in combination with a css rule


Browser support

  • Angular officially supports IE8 and up
    • Most things should also work on IE6 and up


  • Uses a subset of JavaScript in {{ }}


  • Hides an element when the expression evaluates 'falsy'





  • Default module that we are using is the 'ng'-module
  • Always a good idea to split up your application into modules
  • Use 'angular.module'
  • Specify the root module through ng-app=""


  • My first modularized controller:



  • Multiple ways to create services(at least 5 :-))
  • Easiest way is through the factory
  • Angular has its own IOC container
    • Makes it easy to mock dependencies
  • By default every service is a singleton by default

Bootstrap phase

  • 2 parts
    • config phase: app.configure()
    • Run phase: app.run()
  • During the config phase NO services are available, but you can use serviceProviders
  • During the run phase NO serviceProviders are available, but you can use services
  • Example:




  • The DI container that is used behind the scenes
  • Be careful when using a minifier!
    • 2 ways to fix this:
      • One way is to use a minifier that knows angular
      • Another way is to use a specific annotation syntax
        • Specify all dependencies as a string array


  • Or specify the $inject property --> Use this one, it's cleaner…


Code Organization

  • Not everyone has the same opinion
  • Most people use a different file per abstraction(e.g. Angular-Seed)
  • Possible structure(folder per abstraction):
    • Apps
      • reportApp
      • adminApp
      • patientApp
      • common
        • common.js
        • custom directives
        • controllers
        • Services
  • Alternative structure(folder per feature)
    • Apps
      • reportApp
        • search
          • SearchDirective.js
          • SearchController.js
        • saveReport

Core Angular API

  • equals: does a 'deep' equal check on 2 objects
  • copy: create a copy of the movie
  • Has an embedded jqLite library(=20% of jQuery that you use all the time)

$scope inheritance

  • Uses prototypical inheritance
  • Use objects on your scope if you want to point multiple scopes to the same object

Digest loop

  • To detect changes Angular goes through a digest loop
  • After a change a second digest loop is triggered
  • Be careful to not create an infinite loop of digest loop updates
    • Angular will throw an error after 10 $digest() iterations


  • Don't call an $apply inside an $apply


  • Allows you to listen for changes

Working with forms

  • FormController can attach to named forms
  • Angular understands HTML5 validation attributes


  • Format and modify model data
  • Filters can be piped together




  • Includes other templates or views


  • Services can be anything in Angular
    • Doesn't have to be fancy objects
    • Anything that is not a filter, controller, directive
  • Services are singletons
  • There is a long list of built-in services

Annoyances Bedroefde emoticon

  • Most typo's will not result in exceptions, makes it sometimes hard to find out why you don't see your data
  • Strange way to resolve promises(should be fixed in AngularJs 1.2)
  • Minification in combination with injector
  • Angular only updates it's view when it thinks something has changed
    • It only knows this if something happens inside the angular context(otherwise Angular has no clue)
    • The so called '$digest loop'
      • You can trigger a digest by calling $scope.$apply();
  • Beware of browser versions <IE 8

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