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README.md

ngrx-resolve

This example app shows the usage of a Routing Resolver for NGRX. This couples the route config tightly to the data loading of NGRX.

It ensures that data is loaded before a route or child routes are entered.

The resolver is configured using the data object of the route.

Data Config

The data config has the following interface:

export interface NgrxResolveConfig {
    triggers?: TriggerFn[];
    watch?: WatchFn[];
}

Whereas the TriggerFn and WatchFn are the following types:

export type TriggerFn = (store: Store<any>, params?: {[key: string]: string}, data?:  {[key: string]: string}) => void;


export type WatchFn = (store: Store<any>) => Observable<boolean>;

Every function is called with the NGRX Store instance. The TriggerFn is additionally called with the routes params as well as the data object (without the ngrx property)

This data config is then added to the routes data object together with the NgrxResolve and the resolve option of the route.

NOTE: Adding it to the ngrx property is important!

{
    path: 'books',
    loadChildren: 'app/book-module/book.module#BookModule',
    resolve: {
      ngrx: NgrxResolve
    },
    data: {
      ngrx: ngrxResolveBooksConfig
    }
  }

How it works

Before entering the route, the NgrxResolve will call all defined trigger functions with the NGRX Store as well as the route parameters.

After calling each trigger function the resolver then returns an Observable<boolean>. This observable will only resolve when all the watch functions also resolve true.

Example

This app provides an example application on how to use this data resolver together with a list of books.

The detail page of a book depends on the list of books - so we have to ensure they are loaded before routing to the detail page. The configuration for the loading of the books as well as waiting for the loading to finish looks like this:

const triggerLoadBooks: TriggerFn =
  (store: Store<AppState>) => store.dispatch(new LoadBooksAction());


const waitForBooksLoaded: WatchFn =
  (store: Store<AppState>) => {
    return store.select(state => state.books.loaded)
      .filter(loaded => !!loaded)
      .first();
  };


export const ngrxResolveBooksConfig: NgrxResolveConfig = {
  triggers: [
    triggerLoadBooks
  ],
  watch: [
    waitForBooksLoaded
  ]
};

We use variables here instead of functions to be type safe and use the TriggerFn as well as WatchFn types.

Notice how waitForBooksLoaded returns an Observable that only returns true. And also only one time. This is important!

The configuration for the detail page of a book then looks like this:

const triggerBookDetails: TriggerFn =
  (store: Store<AppState>, params: { id: string }) => store.dispatch(new SelectBookAction(toNumber(params.id)));


export const ngrxResolveBookDetailConfig: NgrxResolveConfig = {
  triggers: [
    triggerBookDetails
  ]
};

This way the data in the NGRX store is more tightly coupled to the routes and allows for a more modular approach of bundling the application.

Start the application

Simply

npm install

and then

npm start

The app will start on http://localhost:4200

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