Ka Tech Ka Tech - 1 year ago 150
AngularJS Question

AngularJs 1.5 - Component does not support Watchers, what is the work around?

I've been upgrading my custom directives to the new component method.I've read that component's does not support watchers. Is this correct? If so how do you detect changes on an object. For a basic example I have custom component myBox which has a child component game with a binding on the game . If there is a change game within the game component how do I show an alert message within the myBox? I understand there is rxJS method is it possible to do this purely in angular? My JS FIDDLE JS FIDDLE


var app = angular.module('myApp', []);
app.controller('mainCtrl', function($scope) {

$scope.name = "Tony Danza";


app.component("myBox", {
bindings: {},
controller: function($element) {
var myBox = this;
myBox.game = 'World Of warcraft';
//IF myBox.game changes, show alert message 'NAME CHANGE'
controllerAs: 'myBox',
templateUrl: "/template",
transclude: true
app.component("game", {
bindings: {game:'='},
controller: function($element) {
var game = this;

controllerAs: 'game',
templateUrl: "/template2"


<div ng-app="myApp" ng-controller="mainCtrl">
<script type="text/ng-template" id="/template">
<div style='width:40%;border:2px solid black;background-color:yellow'>
Your Favourite game is: {{myBox.game}}
<game game='myBox.game'></game>

<script type="text/ng-template" id="/template2">
Change Game
<textarea ng-model='game.game'></textarea>

Hi {{name}}


</div><!--end app-->

Answer Source

To anyone interested in my solution, I end up resorting to RXJS Observables. Here is a working fiddle for communications between components, it gives me more control on what to watch.

JS FIDDLE RXJS Observables

class BoxCtrl {
    constructor(msgService) {
    this.msgService = msgService
    this.msg = ''

    this.subscription = msgService.subscribe((obj) => {
      this.msg = obj

  unsubscribe() {

var app = angular
  .module('app', ['ngMaterial'])
  .controller('MainCtrl', ($scope, msgService) => {
    $scope.name = "Observer App Example";
    $scope.msg = 'Message';
    $scope.broadcast = function() {
  .component("box", {
    bindings: {},
    controller: 'BoxCtrl',
    template: `Listener: </br>
    <md-button ng-click='$ctrl.unsubscribe()' class='md-warn'>Unsubscribe A</md-button>`
  .factory('msgService', ['$http', function($http) {
    var subject$ = new Rx.ReplaySubject();
    return {
      subscribe: function(subscription) {
        return subject$.subscribe(subscription);
      usubscribe: function(subscription) {
      broadcast: function(msg) {
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