AngularJS: When/Where to Load Files

Introduction

Hi all, I hope you are fine. Today we will learn about Angular JS HTML DOM elements. If you are new to Angular JS I suggest you to read the basics of Angular JS here:

Basics of AngularJS
AngularJS Search Box Using Filter
Learning AngularJS: $http

Background

When I develop my Angular JS application, I have gone through several issues. I have spent hours identifying the problems. Finally the problem was where I loaded my JavaScript files from. So I thought to share this info with you.

Why

This is very important to load the necessary files instead. In our normal HTML applications, what we do all the time is loading the JavaScript files at the end of the body tag, right? That is true and that is good also. It speeds up your application.

But in Angular, things are different. We can load at the end of the body tag in normal cases. I would say the cases where we are not using the model.

For example, we have a simple application as follows.
[html]
<div ng-app=”
<p>My name is : {{“Please make me upper case letter”.toUpperCase()}}</p>
</div>
[/html]

In the preceding case you can load the JavaScript file at the end of the body tag.

When we have a model in our application, I suggest loading the JavaScript files at the head tag. Because every call to the angular.module can be compiled only after the library is loaded.

Please see the following example for your understanding.

[html]
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html
xmlns=“http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml”>
<head>
<title>When To Load Angular JS File – www.sibeeshpassion.com</title>
<script src=“angular.min.js”></script>
</head>
<body>
<div ng-app=“angularBasic” ng-controller=“InrToDollar”>
Currency in INR:
<input type=“number” ng-model=“inrvalue” />
<br />
Currency in Dollar: {{inrToDollar()}}
</div>
<script>
var my = angular.module(‘angularBasic’, []);
my.controller(‘InrToDollar’, function ($scope) {
$scope.inrToDollar = function () {
return $scope.inrvalue * 62.27;
}
});
</script>
</body>
</html>
[/html]

In the preceding example I loaded my script in the head tag. The following will be the output for it.

Now what if I place the scripts at the end of the body tag? Let us see the output.

You can see the calls are not handled. As I said before, every call to the angular.module can be compiled only after the library is loaded.

Now we have an option to have the script just above the angular.module creation as follows.
[js]
<script src=“angular.min.js”></script>
<script>
var my = angular.module(‘angularBasic’, []);
my.controller(‘InrToDollar’, function ($scope) {
$scope.inrToDollar = function () {
return $scope.inrvalue * 62.27;
}
});
</script>
[/js]

This will also provide us the correct output.

One more alternative is to load the scripts in the head tag and the head tag can be placed just above the module part.




This will also return the expected result.

I hope you understood where we need to place the Angular JS files in our HTML page. I hope you won’t make the mistakes I have when I developed Angular applications.

Conclusion

Now that is all for the day, I will return another set of items in Angular JS soon. I hope you liked this article. Please provide your valuable suggestions.

Kindest Regards,
Sibeesh venu
Sibeesh Passion

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