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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)

Component architecture

There are different kinds of components. Two types of components are of interest in the context of NgRx: smart components and dumb components.

Smart components are also called container components. They should be on the highest level of your application, and handle routes. For example, ProductsComponent should be a container component if it handles the route/products. It should also know about the store.

The definition of a dumb component is that it has no knowledge of a store and relies solely on the @Input and @Output properties—it's all about presentation, which is why it is also called a presentational component. A presentational component in this context can therefore be a ProductListComponent or a ProductCreateComponent. A quick overview of a feature module could therefore look like this:

ProductsComponent // container component