Marcus Nielsen Marcus Nielsen - 1 year ago 69
AngularJS Question

Injecting data objects into a directive factory in AngularJS

So I have a directive that takes in data objects as an argument into the scope. The problem is that I handle all my data in my service layer.

So this is some normal non-directive code:

angular.module('app').factory('appFactory', ['appValues', function(appValues) {
var getStuff = function() { return appValues.stuff; };

But if want to reuse the factory inside a directive and get appValues as an argument:

angular.module('app').directive('myDir', [function() {
return {
scope: {
values: '='

But this puts it on the scope and not into my data layer. So now I need to send the values object to every function call in my directive factory:

angular.module('app').factory('myDirFactory', [function() {
var getStuff = function(values) { return values.stuff; };

Is there any good pattern to solve this and keep data in the data-layer and bypass the scope/controller?

Also, the factory will be a singleton shared amongst instances of the directive? How should I solve that then? Create a new injector somehow? Submit to putting lots of data object logic into the controller (which I've been thought not to do)?

Answer Source

It was a while ago, and I guess that a simple soultion is simply to provide an function initialize(value) {... return {...};} and then the returned object has access to the value argument without providing it as a parameter everywhere:

angular.module('myDir').factory('myDirFactory', [function() {

  var initialize = function(values) {
    var getStuff = function() {
      return values;

    return {
      getStuff: getstuff;

  return {
    initialize: initialize
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