AngularJS Creare e consumare direttive personalizzate


Le direttive sono una delle funzionalità più potenti di angularjs. Le direttive angularjs personalizzate sono utilizzate per estendere la funzionalità di html creando nuovi elementi html o attributi personalizzati per fornire un determinato comportamento a un tag html.


// Create the App module if you haven't created it yet
var demoApp= angular.module("demoApp", []);

// If you already have the app module created, comment the above line and create a reference of the app module
var demoApp = angular.module("demoApp"); 

// Create a directive using the below syntax
// Directives are used to extend the capabilities of html element 
// You can either create it as an Element/Attribute/class      
// We are creating a directive named demoDirective. Notice it is in CamelCase when we are defining the directive just like ngModel
// This directive will be activated as soon as any this element is encountered in html

demoApp.directive('demoDirective', function () {
  // This returns a directive definition object
  // A directive definition object is a simple JavaScript object used for configuring the directive’s behaviour,template..etc
  return {
    // restrict: 'AE', signifies that directive is Element/Attribute directive, 
    // "E" is for element, "A" is for attribute, "C" is for class, and "M" is for comment. 
    // Attributes are going to be the main ones as far as adding behaviors that get used the most.
    // If you don't specify the restrict property it will default to "A"
    restrict :'AE',  

    // The values of scope property decides how the actual scope is created and used inside a directive. These values can be either “false”, “true” or “{}”. This creates an isolate scope for the directive.
    // '@' binding is for passing strings. These strings support {{}} expressions for interpolated values.
    // '=' binding is for two-way model binding. The model in parent scope is linked to the model in the directive's isolated scope.
    // '&' binding is for passing a method into your directive's scope so that it can be called within your directive. 
    // The method is pre-bound to the directive's parent scope, and supports arguments.
    scope: { 
      name: "@",  // Always use small casing here even if it's a mix of 2-3 words

    // template replaces the complete element with its text. 
    template: "<div>Hello {{name}}!</div>",
    // compile is called during application initialization. AngularJS calls it once when html page is loaded.
    compile: function(element, attributes) {
      element.css("border", "1px solid #cccccc");
      // linkFunction is linked with each element with scope to get the element specific data.
      var linkFunction = function($scope, element, attributes) {
        element.html("Name: <b>"+$ +"</b>");
        element.css("background-color", "#ff00ff");
      return linkFunction;

Questa direttiva può quindi essere utilizzata in App come:

      <title>Angular JS Directives</title>
   <script src = ""></script>
   <script src="directive.js"></script>   
    <div ng-app = "demoApp">
       <!-- Notice we are using Spinal Casing here -->  
       <demo-directive name="World"></demo-directive>