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Simple AngularJS for Stackoverflow API

Angular JS

AngularJS is a javascript and client side Framework. It expose a toolset based on extending the HTML vocabulary for your application.

There’s many other Frameworks like Backbone.js, Ember.js, Knockout …

Main concepts

  • Model: Application data
  • View: What users sees
  • Controller: Application behavior
  • Scope: Glue between application data and behavior
  • $: Angular namespace
  • Module: configure the injector
  • Injector: assembles the application

AngularJS offers two-way data binding without funcing up the model. You don’t need to write a model like other javascript librairies.

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Data-binding is an automatic way of updating the view whenever the model changes, as well as updating the model whenever the view changes. This is awesome because it eliminates DOM manipulation from the list of things you have to worry about. Source AngularJS doc

Controllers are the behavior behind the DOM elements. AngularJS lets you express the behavior in a clean readable form without the usual boilerplate of updating the DOM, registering callbacks or watching model changes.

A model for AngularJS is just a simple Javascript Object (JSON). This means, if we load a user from an API call, we can use it in html like he’s structured from server. Magic!

How it works

  • Browser loads the HTML and then the AngularJS script.
  • AngularJS wait for DOMContentLoaded event and looks for the ng-app directive.
  • The module specified in ng-app is used to configure the injector.
  • The injector is used to create the $compile service and $rootScope.
  • $compile compiles the DOM and links it with $rootScope.

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Our first application with AngularJS

The goal of this section’s to use AngularJS in a simple app, we are going to use Stack Exchange API V2.0 just for demonstration purpose. I choose Stackoverflow simply because I like it and it’s helpful for all of us.


    var soApp = angular.module('soApp', []);

To create an AngularJS module, we just provide our module a name, in our case it’s soApp. We use here an empty array, this array provides modules dependencies, all modules uses by our modules. We don’t need this time.


    function MainController($scope){
        //Controller behavior here

To be continued