jcubic jcubic - 6 months ago 7
AngularJS Question

What is the difference between scope:{} and scope:true inside directive?

I can't find this information about Angular.js and I notice while I was working that those two values work differently. What's the difference?

.directive('foo', function() {

return {
scope: true
};
});

.directive('foo', function() {

return {
scope: {}
};
});

Answer

Both scope: true and scope:{} will create a child scope for the directive. But,

scope:true will prototypically inherit the properties from the parent(say the controller where the directive comes under) where as scope:{} will not inherit the properties from the parent and hence called isolated

For instance lets say we have a controller c1 and two directives d1 and d2,

app.controller('c1', function($scope){
  $scope.prop = "some value";
});

.directive('d1', function() {
  return {
    scope: true
  };
});

.directive('d2', function() {
  return {
    scope: {}
  };
});

<div ng-controller="c1">
  <d1><d1>
  <d2><d2>
</div>

d1(scope:true) will have access to c1 scope -> prop where as d2 is isolated from the c1 scope.

Note 1: Both d1 and d2 will create a new scope for each directive defined.

Note 2: Apart from the difference between the two, for scope:true - Any changes made to the new child scope will not reflect back to the parent scope. However, since the new scope is inherited from the parent scope, any changes made in the c1 scope(the parent scope) will be reflected in the directive scope.

Tip: Use scope:{} or isolated scope for reusable angular directives. So that you won't end up messing with the parent scope properties