Wrapping Up

In this section we learnt how to build a Single Page Application (SPA) in Angular.

An SPA is one were the client application in the browser handles changes to the URL instead og the browser requesting the URL from a server.

With Angular we map the URL in the browser to components we display on the page, this is called the Component Router.

We use directives called router-outlet to tell Angular where we want those components inserted into the page.

The mapping above is what we call a Route and we configure Angular with a series of routes by providing it to the main NgModule using the RouterModule.forRoot(routes) function.

We can have part of the URL be a variable which we can pass into the component when it gets inserted into the page via the ActivatedRoute service, this is called a Parameterised Route.

We can nest routes, i.e. have a tree of Components nested one inside another by having multiple router-outlet directives and also configuring child routes in the router configuration.

We can block access to certain routes by using Router Guards. Using Router Guards we can even warn the user if they are about to leave a page with unsaved changes.

There are two strategies we can use for performing client side routing in Angular, the HashLocationStrategies which makes use of the hash fragment part of a URL or we can use the PathLocationStrategy which takes advantages of the pushstate HTML5 API.


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