In our application, we have created a multi-select component. In most cases, we use the default design and functionality. There is a particular case where we need to show key-value options in our multi-select component, and we use it in multiple places across the application:

By default, Angular uses the emulated encapsulation strategy to make the component styles encapsulated. This means that if we want to override a component style from our parent, we need to use the ::ng-deep selector. For example:

The above works, but I’m not a big fan of this approach.

Angular v12.1.0 introduces a new experimental option to make subsequent builds faster by leveraging the Webpack’s filesystem cache feature and use it for the generated modules and chunks.

To enable it, we can set the NG_PERSISTENT_BUILD_CACHE=1 environment variable before running the ng serve or ng build commands:

After running the command, you should see the .cache folder inside your node_modules:

In this article, we’ll learn how we can type the context object when creating custom structural directives. Let’s create a structural directive that provides the same functionality as the async pipe. It’ll get an observable, subscribes to it, and expose the next value via context:

We’ve created a structural directive that does nothing 😄. We skip the implementation because it’s not relevant to this article. You can learn about it in one of my previous articles.

Now let’s use it in the template and see that its context is typed as any:

One of my colleagues recently asked me a question — I’m consuming an onPush component, let’s call it FooComponent, and passing an inline object to one of its inputs:

Angular runs a change detection cycle for the AppComponent. Does Angular create a new object, forcing the FooComponent to be checked?

Well, it depends. In our case, when Angular compiles the template, it notices that our object is static, and it doesn’t use any bindings. Therefore, Angular will create it once, cache it, and always return the same reference on subsequent checks.

If we take a look at the compiled…

The Angular Router module provides the routerLink directive that takes a string or an array of path segments representing the address to which we want to navigate . For example:

For small applications with one or two pages, we can get away using this approach. But for large applications, which are heavily routed, where we can navigate to the same location from many places, it won’t hold water.

Let’s create a checklist of what we expect our solution to feature:

  • We want to have a single source of truth for each path in the application.
  • We want typings ⭐️

One of the recent requirements in our application was to create a dynamic actions menu component that takes a list of actions and displays them inside a popover.

The component can be rendered multiple times, as part of different views. One of the views is a cell renderer inside our grids. In such a case, we need to run some specific functionality when we toggle the visibility of the menu. One way to solve this is to use an input that will indicate if we’re in a grid context:

I’m skipping the implementation of the component because it’s not…

In this article, I’ll discuss a pattern used by developers when building a core components library. When designing components such as text inputs, checkboxes, radio and action buttons, etc., they tend to hide the native DOM element inside the component. Doing so isn’t the best approach for two reasons:

  • We want to give the component’s consumers the ability to directly handle the native element API, such as defining event handlers or attributes without exposing and managing them from the component.
  • We want to use the native Angular value accessor support for these elements and not create a redundant custom value…

I recently tweeted about the ability to use plain text to render Angular components. This made some people curious as to how I did it. So let me explain:

Actually, it quite simple. The “trick” is to use Web Components. Thanks to the Angular elements package, we can create native custom elements from Angular components. This way, we can use the native innerHTML property, passing a plain string that contains our custom elements, and let Angular do the rest.

In this article, I’ll not go over the Angular elements API. If you want to know how it works under the…

It’s finally here. In Angular v12 (next), there is a new functionality we’re all been waiting for — passing metadata to HTTP interceptors. No more dirty hacks, such as using an HTTP header to pass custom data that our interceptor needs.

One common use case is to notify the interceptor that a request is cacheable. Let’s see how we use it.

First, update to the latest version of Angular. Next, create a new interceptor:

ng g interceptor cache

Next, we need to create a unique token using HttpContextToken and provide a default value for it. …

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