Aug 19, 2014

Lazy loading AngularJS components using Providers

I've been working on an Angular project for sometime now and I usually run across issues when building the application. In most of the example applications that I've seen, all application script files are loaded upfront i.e. all JavaScript files are loaded when the user accesses application. I get annoyed by this approach; why should all the components be loaded upfront when the probability of user accessing the entire application is very less. How does one architect a multi-page application using Angular? What would be the size of the application after minifying all the JavaScript files. Most importantly how does one load the components lazily. I've used RequireJS in my previous projects and it allows you to load components on demand; the idea is to load components based on the selected route. I've tried a similar approach with Angular using 'resolve' property in the $routeProvider.

Jun 30, 2014

AngularJS - Resolving data services before instantiating the Controller and Template

I have been working on an Angular application for sometime now and I have started to like this approach to client-side development. It's a different approach when compared to developing applications using Backbone and Require. I was looking at routing in Angular and came across the 'resolve' property which can be used to resolve services before instantiating the Controller and it's corresponding template i.e. the domain models that are required for the View components are resolved first.

Jun 29, 2014

My second book - 'Kendo UI Cookbook' released!!

The title says it all. My second book titled 'Kendo UI Cookbook' was released last week. I have written over 50 recipes focusing on the Kendo UI application framework, widgets and data visualization components.

Here's the link from where you can buy the book - http://www.packtpub.com/kendo-ui-cookbook/book


Apr 29, 2014

On using PageJS as a Router and handling page refresh with pushState enabled

I have been looking at PageJS as a Routing solution for my Backbone applications. PageJS allows you to specify multiple callback functions for a particular route and creates a context object based on the current state of the application. The context object contains valuable information that can be used in constructing View components and in triggering business work flows.

Feb 12, 2014

RequireJS - Busting the browser cache with every deployment using Grunt targethtml plugin

The projects that I work on have deployments to the QA very often; testing out the bug fixes and new features. Every time after the deployment, I ask the QA to clear the cache, since all JavaScript files are cached by the browser. This is really frustrating to QA and I needed someway to clear the cache with every deployment. This would be same in a continuous delivery project, wherein the client would be required to clear the browser cache.

Jan 23, 2014

More on MVVM with Backbone Stickit plugin

In my last post, I mentioned about two way binding a.k.a MVVM in Backbone using Backbone.Stickit plugin. The Stickit plugin does provide awesome two way binding, but in addition it includes several features that are very much apt when modifying state of model or the view. I've been using these features in my project regularly.

Nov 11, 2013

MVVM in BackboneJS using Backbone.Stickit

I have been looking into various design patterns and trying to architect client side applications using it. More often than not the MVC pattern fits the requirement in most of the applications. However, I have found myself using MVVM (Model View - View Model) pattern along with MVC. I use MVVM pattern particularly when I have to maintain the state of the model on the client side. AngularJS provides great support by allowing you to extend the markup and tying the model right within the view (the markup). It also provides components that can be used to structure the application the MVC way and hence it's appropriately termed as MVW or MV* framework. However, I use BackboneJS in most of my applications and I have been able to maintain the state of the model using the Backbone.Stickit plugin.

Oct 4, 2013

Win a Free e-Book copy of my book - 'Instant Kendo UI Mobile'

I'm giving away two copies of my book 'Instant Kendo UI Mobile'. All you need to do is to send me a message through the 'Contact Me' form, let me know how this book will benefit you and whether you can post a review as well. You can also message me on Twitter or Facebook.

You can find out about the book here - http://www.packtpub.com/kendo-user-interface-mobile/book