Akilan Arasu Akilan Arasu - 4 months ago 662
TypeScript Question

Accessing window object in Ionic 2 / Angular 2 beta 10

In Angular 1.x and Ionic 1.x I could access the window object through dependency injection, like so:

angular.module('app.utils', [])

.factory('LocalStorage', ['$window', function($window) {
return {
set: function(key, value) {
$window.localStorage[key] = value;
},
get: function(key, defaultValue) {
return $window.localStorage[key] || defaultValue;
}
};
}]);


How can I do the same in Angular 2 & Ionic 2?

Answer

Just like you can see in this plunker you can use the window object without importing anything, but by just using it in your typescript code:

import { Component } from "@angular/core";

@Component({
     templateUrl:"home.html"
})
export class HomePage {

  public foo: string;

  constructor() {
    window.localStorage.setItem('foo', 'bar');

    this.foo = window.localStorage.getItem('foo');
  }
}

You could also wrap the window object inside a service so then you can mock it for testing purposes.

A naive implementation would be:

import { Injectable } from '@angular/core';

@Injectable()
export class WindowService {
  public window = window;
}

You can then provide this when bootstrapping the application so it's available everywhere.

import { WindowService } from './windowservice';

bootstrap(AppComponent, [WindowService]);

And just use it in your components.

import { Component } from "@angular/core";
import { WindowService } from "./windowservice";

@Component({
     templateUrl:"home.html"
})
export class HomePage {

  public foo: string;

  constructor(private windowService: WindowService) {
    windowService.window.localStorage.setItem('foo', 'bar');

    this.foo = windowService.window.localStorage.getItem('foo');
  }
}

A more sophisticated service could wrap the methods and calls so it's more pleasant to use.

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