Friday, 25 May 2018

Angular - Template expression operators

The template expression language employs a subset of JavaScript syntax supplemented with a few special operators for specific scenarios. The next sections cover two of these operators: pipe and safe navigation operator.

The pipe operator ( | )
The result of an expression might require some transformation before you're ready to use it in a binding. For example, you might display a number as a currency, force text to uppercase, or filter a list and sort it.
Angular pipes are a good choice for small transformations such as these. Pipes are simple functions that accept an input value and return a transformed value. They're easy to apply within template expressions, using the pipe operator (|):
<div>Title through uppercase pipe: {{title | uppercase}}</div>
The pipe operator passes the result of an expression on the left to a pipe function on the right.
You can chain expressions through multiple pipes:
<!-- Pipe chaining: convert title to uppercase, then to lowercase -->
  Title through a pipe chain:
  {{title | uppercase | lowercase}}
And you can also apply parameters to a pipe:
<!-- pipe with configuration argument => "February 25, 1970" -->
<div>Birthdate: {{currentHero?.birthdate | date:'longDate'}}</div>
The json pipe is particularly helpful for debugging bindings:
src/app/app.component.html (pipes-json)
<div>{{currentHero | json}}</div>
The generated output would look something like this
{ "id": 0, "name": "Hercules", "emotion": "happy",
  "birthdate": "1970-02-25T08:00:00.000Z",
  "url": "",
  "rate": 325 }

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