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Architecting Angular Applications with Redux, RxJS, and NgRx

By : Christoffer Noring
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Architecting Angular Applications with Redux, RxJS, and NgRx

By: Christoffer Noring

Overview of this book

Managing the state of large-scale web applications is a highly challenging task with the need to align different components, backends, and web workers harmoniously. When it comes to Angular, you can use NgRx, which combines the simplicity of Redux with the reactive programming power of RxJS to build your application architecture, making your code elegant and easy to reason about, debug, and test. In this book, we start by looking at the different ways of architecting Angular applications and some of the patterns that are involved in it. This will be followed by a discussion on one-way data flow, the Flux pattern, and the origin of Redux. The book introduces you to declarative programming or, more precisely, functional programming and talks about its advantages. We then move on to the reactive programming paradigm. Reactive programming is a concept heavily used in Angular and is at the core of NgRx. Later, we look at RxJS, as a library and master it. We thoroughly describe how Redux works and how to implement it from scratch. The two last chapters of the book cover everything NgRx has to offer in terms of core functionality and supporting libraries, including how to build a micro implementation of NgRx. This book will empower you to not only use Redux and NgRx to the fullest, but also feel confident in building your own version, should you need it.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Asynchronous data streams

An asynchronous data stream is a stream of data where values are emitted, one after another, with a delay between them. The word asynchronous means that the data emitted can appear anywhere in time, after one second or even after two minutes, for example. A way to model asynchronous streams is to place the emitted values on a time axis, like so:

There are a lot of things that can be considered asynchronous. One such thing is fetching data through AJAX. When the data arrives depends on a number of factors, such as:

  • The speed of your connection
  • The responsiveness of the backend API
  • The size of the data, and many more factors.

The point is the data isn't arriving right at this very second.

Other things that can be considered asynchronous are user initiated events, such as scrolling or mouse clicks. These are events that can happen at any point in...