Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Angular - Promises and Observables

Angular — Promises basics

Promise introduction
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 1- Create deferred object
The deferred object controls the state of the promise. We can trigger three resolutions: resolve, reject and notify. In the following steps we will see how it relates to the promise setup.

This is how you create a deferred object:

var deferred = $q.defer();

2 Setup promise
In order to use the deferred object we need to setup the promise handlers before. This will be the code executed for each resolution. The scenarios are: success, failure and progress notification. The promise object is a property of the deferred object.

var promise = deferred.promise;

//basic version
  .catch(fnFailure) //optional
  .finally(fnAlways) //optional

//advanced version
promise.then(fnSuccess, fnFailure, fnNotification)
  .catch(fnFailure) //optional
  .finally(fnAlways) //optional

3 Defer resolution
Once we have created the deferred object and setup the promise, we can execute our asynchronous processing and trigger the promise with the final resolution.
deferred.resolve(resultObj); //triggers fnSuccess
deferred.reject(reasonObj); //triggers fnFailure
deferred.notify(progressObj); //triggers fnNotification 

Advanced $http promise usage

This example uses promises to handle $http calls behind a Service. More complex handling can be added to the Service afterwards.
app.factory("Movies", function($http, $q) {
  return {
    get: function() {
        var deferred = $q.defer();
        return deferred.promise;
app.controller("MoviesCtrl", function($scope, Movies) {
      $scope.movies = data;

When moving data retrieval to a Service we want to keep error handling and communication details encapsulated into the Service so only data is returned to consumers and not the response object     (Eg: response.status)

Angular — Introduction to Reactive Extensions (RxJS)

Reactive Extensions for JavaScript (RxJS) is a reactive streams library that allows you to work with asynchronous data streams. RxJS can be used both in the browser or in the server-side using Node.js.

merge- Turn multiple observables into a single observable.

from- Turn an array, promise, or iterable into an observable.

throw- throw(error: any, scheduler: Scheduler): Observable

map- Apply projection with each value from source.

mapTo- Map emissions to constant value.

import { Injectable } from '@angular/core';
import { Http, Response, Headers } from '@angular/http';
import { Observable } from 'rxjs/Observable';
import 'rxjs/add/operator/map';
import 'rxjs/add/operator/catch';
import { environment as env } from '../../../environments/environment';

export class StoreService {
headers: Headers;
constructor(private http: Http) {
this.headers = new Headers({ 'content-type': 'application/json' });

GetProducts(): Observable<Product[]> {
return this.http.get(env.apiAddress + '/store').map((res) => {
return res.json();
}).catch((err) => Observable.throw(err));

SaveCart(cart: Cart): Observable<string> {
return this.http.post(env.apiAddress + '/store/cart', JSON.stringify(cart),
{ headers: this.headers }).map((res) => {
return res.json();
}).catch((err) => Observable.throw(err));


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