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July 05, 2024

Angular Tutorial: Creating a Custom Loading Screen

If you’ve built apps in angular in the past, I’m sure you’ve experienced the blank screen while you wait for the app to be bootstrapped. In smaller applications, it’s not as noticeable but in larger, more complex applications, we may need to wait for a little bit before we see the actual content loaded. And staring at a blank screen while we wait is not ideal. Well, we can upgrade this experience by adding our own custom loading screen and it’s pretty easy to do too. In this example that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

July 05, 2024

Angular Tutorial: Host Element Binding

In the newest versions of Angular, the @HostBinding and @HostListener decorators are no longer intended for use. As the new documentation states, they “exist exclusively for backwards compatibility”. There’s a new, more streamlined way to do this type of thing, and if you’ve worked with Angular in the past, it may look familiar to you. It’s kind of an old concept made new again. In this video we’ll look at a couple of examples I created for past videos about these decorators, and we’ll replace them with the newer methods. Also, we’ll update a few other concepts in these components and directives along the way too. Ok, let’s start with a @HostBinding example.

June 28, 2024

Angular CDK Tutorial: Automatically Resizing Textareas

By default, an HTML textarea control doesn’t expand or contract as content is added and removed. Sometimes this is ok, but often it would be better if we did have some control where we could allow the height to resize automatically, to better fit the content. Well, this is possible and, in fact, it’s really easy to do in Angular when using the CDK. In this example I’ll show you just how easy it is. Alright, let’s get to it!

June 21, 2024

Angular CDK Tutorial: Accordion Module

An accordion component is a component that has one or more expandable sections within it. It’s pretty common to have the need for this type of thing when building apps in Angular. And, it’s not the most difficult thing to do even if you’re creating your own from scratch but the CDK makes it really simple. In this example I’ll show you just how easy it is. And after we create the accordion using the CDK, we’ll even make it accessible with some ARIA. Alright, let’s get to it!

June 14, 2024

Angular Animations Tutorial: Route Transitions

If you’ve ever worked with an Angular application that has routing, you may have wanted to add transitions as you navigate between routes. It just makes the app feel more elegant overall. Well, if you didn’t know, this is totally doable with the Animation module and in this example, I’ll show you just how easy it is. Alright, let’s get to it.

June 08, 2024

Angular Tutorial: Router Link and Accessibility

Making apps that are accessible for everyone can be a challenge for many developers. If we don’t have any real issues using devices or seeing what’s on the display, it can be easy for us to overlook simple things that are really important for those of us who don’t have this luxury. So, we need to continually learn how we can be better at this and how we can leverage the tools we already have to help. In this example, I’ll show you how we can easily make an existing breadcrumb list component more accessible for everyone, with a few directives from the Angular Router Module. Alright, let’s get to it.

June 01, 2024

Angular CDK Tutorial: Copy to Clipboard

When we build things with Angular, we often find ourselves needing to do stuff that we see on the web or in other applications every day. Like copying text to the clipboard for example. Something like that could take a little work to pull off if we were creating it from scratch. But one of the benefits of working with a framework like angular is that many of these common application concepts have already been figured out for us and made available by either the framework itself or, in this case the Component Dev Kit (a.k.a., CDK). So, in this example we’ll see just how easy this task is thanks to the CDK. Alright, let’s get to it.

May 25, 2024

Angular Tutorial: Using @HostBinding with Signals

If you’re building apps with Angular, you’re probably using signals more and more every day. This can definitely be a challenge at times because it’s such a different way of working. And, there are things that just don’t quite work with signals yet, like @HostBinding for example. Well in this post, I’m going to demonstrate how we can actually use the @HostBinding decorator with signals, pretty easily right now even though the decorator was not originally built to support them directly. Alright, let’s get to it.

May 19, 2024

Angular Animations Tutorial: Disable and Enable Animations

I’m willing to bet, that if you’ve spent very much time working with Angular animations, you’ve had the need or desire to disable them for one reason or another. Something that I encounter quite a bit are animations that run on component initialization. I may only expect them to run when an interaction occurs, or when data changes, or something along those lines. I don’t expect them to run on initialization, but they do anyway. Well, this is something that I’m going to show you how to fix in this post. Alright, let’s get to it.

May 11, 2024

Angular Animations Tutorial: Creating Reusable Animations

As an Angular application grows over time, you probably find that you constantly need to refactor things so that shared concepts, logic, behavior, etcetera can be reused. You build things, then later down the road, you build something that needs to do something similar and now you want to breakout that concept so that it can be shared right? Well, animations in Angular are the same. Once you start building and using them, you probably find that you need to use them in multiple components. Well, in this post I’ll show you how to do this. Alright, let’s get to it.

May 04, 2024

Angular Animations Tutorial: Adding Flexibility with Params

When working with Angular animations, have you ever found yourself needing to provide custom configurations to a specific animation? Like, what if you have something that uses a next button and you want to animate to the right in that case, but then you also have a previous button, in which case you want to animate to the left instead? Well, if you didn’t know this already, this is totally doable with Angular animation options and the params object specifically. And in this post, I’ll show you exactly how to set them up, and use them. Alright, let’s get to it.

April 26, 2024

Angular v18: Native Fallback Content for ng-content

When building Angular components, have you ever found yourself looking for a way to provide fallback content for projected content slots using the ng-content element? If so, you’ve probably been able to find some work arounds to do it but, they’re probably not something you really want to do. It would be better if this concept was built-in to the framework, right? Well, this is actually happening in the latest versions of angular. In this post I’ll show you exactly how it works. Alright, let’s get to it.

April 20, 2024

Angular Tutorial: Signal Queries with the viewChild() and contentChild() Functions

If you work in Angular and haven’t heard yet, many things are in the process of switching away from decorators over to signals. I’ve already shown you how component or directive inputs have changed over from the @Input decorator to signals with the input() function. In this post we’ll take a look at how we can convert the @ViewChild and @ContentChild decorators over to signals with the viewChild() and contentChild() functions. We’ll take an example application that I previously created for a demo about the @ViewChild and @ContentChild decorators, and we’ll switch them over to the new signal functions producing the same end result. Ok, let’s get to it!

April 13, 2024

Angular Tutorial: Replacing Static Inputs with the Host Attribute Token

If you build things with Angular, you probably already know that you need to keep up with the framework as it evolves over time. Well, in this post, I’m going to help you do just that. We’re going to take a look at the new HostAttributeToken injection token and why you may want to use it. In this post we’ll use an example of an existing button component with inputs and we’ll replace them with the inject() function and the HostAttributeToken class. Alright, let’s get to it!

April 07, 2024

Angular Tutorial: Converting Observables to Signals

Signals are changing the way we do many things in Angular. You’ve likely encountered Observables if you’ve worked in the framework for very long. They’re a pretty handy way to stream values emitted over time to subscribers providing a way to react to these events as needed. But often when using them, we also need to trigger Change Detection in order to properly update items within views. With Signals, Observables are not being replaced, they still have use cases, but we can actually transform them into signals when needed. This can help with Change Detection and can often simplify the code overall. In this post we’ll convert a couple of Observables from an existing example over to Signals. Alright, let’s check it out.

March 29, 2024

Angular Animations Tutorial: Animating to an Unknown Height

Have you ever tried to animate an element to an unknown height with CSS alone? If so, you’ve probably found that it’s not as easy as it seems. To animate a CSS height, you need to animate to a specific value, one hundred percent and auto both won’t work. You can transition max-height but this means that you probably need to use a random arbitrary value that may not work in all cases. It’s just weird and may not even work depending on what you’re trying to do. Well, this is something that is available with Angular animations. In this post, I’ll show you how. Alright, let’s get to it.

March 24, 2024

Angular Tutorial: Signal-Based Inputs and the Output Function

In newer versions of Angular, a pretty significant change is coming with Signals. If you work with Angular and haven’t heard about them yet, you’re in the right place. In this post you’ll learn what they are, at a high level, and you’ll learn how to use the new signal-based inputs along with the new output function in components. We’re going to take a look at an example using the existing @Input and @Output decorators and we’ll convert it over to signals and the output function. I’ve been using signals a lot lately and I can assure you, It’s a change. Definitely a different way of thinking. Alright, let’s get to it!

March 15, 2024

Angular Animations Tutorial: Parallel Animations

If you’ve spent any time creating animations in Angular, you may have noticed that the animations added within component metadata run sequentially. Meaning, they’ll run in the order they are added within the array. Well, sometimes this works fine, but sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, we need multiple animations to run in parallel to orchestrate them properly. Well, good news for us, Angular has a solution for this. In this post I’ll show you why, and I’ll show how you can animate things in parallel. Alright, let’s get to it.

March 08, 2024

Angular Animations Tutorial: Start and Done Events

When did you last need use an animation feature in your application? It’s something you probably do on a regular basis, if not daily. With Angular, we have a powerful animation framework that we can leverage to do all sorts of crazy things. Sometimes, when using these animation features, we need to do things when the animation starts, or when it ends, or both. Well, good news for us – we have this ability in Angular.

March 01, 2024

Angular Animations Tutorial: Query and Stagger

I work in Angular every day and I build things that need to be animated or transitioned when interacted with. And, because of this, I’m thankful for the Animations module. There are so many useful features available that make life much easier. We’re going to look at two of these features in this post. First, we’re going to use the query() function to find and animate several items at once. Then, we’ll use the stagger() function to create a delay between the animations running on each of these items. Alright, let’s get to it!