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#AngularJS Patterns Testing - Demo Demonstrates Angular testing

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Opinionated AngularJS style guide for teams by @john_papa

More details about the styles and patterns used in this app can be found in my AngularJS Style Guide and my AngularJS Patterns: Clean Code(coming soon) course at Pluralsight and working in teams.


The slides for Ward's talk which accompanies this project are available on google docs.

See the slides


  1. Structure will have specs side by side with code, except cross cutting tests
  2. Remove extraneous code unrelated to tests
  3. Add ui-router
  4. Revise from avengers


/build 	(created on the fly)

Installing Node.js and Bower Packages

  • Open terminal
  • Type npm install

Do not be alarmed by the occasional sea of red complaining about the inability to re-build some library. You can ignore these warnings because we always use the pre-built libraries that were shipped with the package.


Over time you might accumulate some old libraries.

It doesn't hurt to occasionally clear the decks by deleting the "bower_components" and "node_modules" folders and re-installing with npm install.

Installing Bower Packages

npm install will install these too, but you can do it manually.

  • Open terminal
  • Type bower install


There are two ways to test: in the browser and with karma

Testing in the browser

  • Open a command or terminal window.

  • With browser-sync

    • in specs.html, comment out mocha.checkLeaks() // false leak report from browser sync
    • run gulp serve-specs

  • Without browser-sync

    • run gulp serve-specs --nosync
    • open a browser to localhost:7202/specs.html
    • browsing to localhost:7202 runs the app

  • To stop, either "Ctrl-C" and answer the prompt with "Y" or just close the window.

Testing with karma

  • Open a command or terminal window.

  • To just the unit tests, type gulp autotest

  • To run both unit and midway tests (spins up a dev server), type gulp autotest --startServers

Testing uses karma, mocha, chai, sinon, ngMidwayTester libraries.

"autotest" starts the tests and stays alive, watching for file changes. Type "test" instead if you only want to run the tests once and then exit.

  • To stop, either "Ctrl-C" and answer the prompt with "Y" or just close the window.

Running the app

Runs locally, no database required.

Dev Builds

The dev build does not optimize the deployed code. It simply runs it in place. You can run a dev build in multiple ways.

####Option 1 - Serve Type gulp serve-dev and browse to http://localhost:7202

####Option 2 - Serve and Debug Node Type gulp serve-dev-debug and browse to http://localhost:7202 for the client and http://localhost:8080/debug?port-5858 to debug the server.

####Option 3 - Serve and Debug Node Breaking on 1st Line Type gulp serve-dev-debug-brk and browse to http://localhost:7202 for the client and http://localhost:8080/debug?port-5858 to debug the server.

Staging Build

The staging build is an optimized build. Type gulp serve-stage and browse to http://localhost:7202

The optimizations are performed by the gulp tasks and include the following list. See the gulpfile.js for details

  • jshint
  • preparing Angular's templatecache for html templates
  • concat task to bundle css and js, separately
  • Angular dependency injection annotations using ngAnnotate
  • uglify to minify and mangle javascript
  • source maps
  • css autoprefixer for vendor prefixes
  • minify css
  • optimize images
  • index.html injection for scripts and links
  • deploying all js, css, images, fonts, and index.html

How The App Works

The app is quite simple and has 2 main routes:

  • dashboard
  • avengers list

The Modules

The app has 4 feature modules and depends on a series of external modules and custom but cross-app modules

app --> [
		app.core --> [