Nesting Components

Angular 2 is built out of components. Up till now, our applications have consisted of a single component, but a real app will be made out of a tree of components, one inside the next.

Because child components are injected into their parent, order of definition matters. We can get around this using a module loader (more on this later).

In this instance, because we have no module loader, we must define the child component first.

A Cat Component

Let's create a component that can sit on our page. I'm going to make a Cat Component to render out a single cat.

var CatComponent = ng.core
selector: 'cat',
template: '<h1>Here is {{catName}} the cat!</h1>'
constructor: function() {
var vm = this;
vm.catName = "Fluffy"

Now for the app

Next we define the parent component, which will be the root of the tree:

var AppComponent = ng.core
selector: 'app',
template: '<cat>hello</cat>',
directives: [CatComponent]
constructor: function() {}

Finally we can bootstrap

document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function() {

Exercise - A little web app

We are going to create a small web page using components that will render information about a single user / product / cat.

The sole purpose of this app will be to know about a user, and to render that user in a template.

First create an app template. Now create a header component and a footer component. Pop them in. Finally create a user display component that will display the user.

Now declare the user as an attribute of the user component. Use data binding to render the user data out.

Later we will look at passing data into our component and sending it back out again.

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