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Angular client server architecture

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In this video we will discuss how the client communicates with the server in an Angular application. Along the way, we will understand the typical architecture of an angular application. Finally, we will discuss the difference between HTTP POST, PUT and Patch verbs.

angular client server architecture

  • When a browser issues a request, a route in our Angular application responds to that request.
  • There is a component associated with a route and the component code executes. If the component needs data, it calls an angular service.
  • The data access logic is usually encapsulated in an Angular service. If you are wondering, why can't we include the data access logic in the component itself, rather than an Angular service. 
  • Well, that's because, if the data access logic is encapsulated in a service, then the service can be reused across all the components that needs that data access logic.
  • Without the service we would have to repeat the data access code in each component that needs it. Imagine the overhead in terms of time and effort required to develop, debug, test and maintain the duplicated code across multiple places instead of having it in one central place like a service and reusing that service where required. 
  • The Angular service calls the server side service over HTTP. The HTTP verb that is sent with each request to the server, specifies what we want to do with the resource on the server.
  • The server side service talks to the database
HTTP Verb Purpose
GET To get data from the server
POST To post data i.e to create new item on the server
DELETE To delete data
PUT, PATCH To update data

Create a new item Create a new item with a given ID if the item does not exit or update the item with the given ID if the item already exists.
Not Idempotent Idempotent

PUT is idempotent where as POST is not. So what does, Idempotent mean?
Well, since PUT is idempotent, no matter how many times you call it, you would have the same effect. For example, when you use PUT with a specific ID and if a resource with that ID does not exist, PUT creates it. Now if you issue the same PUT request again with the same ID, another item with the same ID will not be created. Instead, that existing item will be updated. So it would not matter how many times you call PUT, it would have the same effect.

Remember we use POST to create a new item. So, when you call POST multiple times, multiple items will be created. So for example, if you have an employee object and when you POST that same employee object 10 times, 10 objects will be created on the server. So POST is not idempotent.

Replace an existing Resource entirely i.e update all the properties of a resource Partial update i.e update only a sub-set of the properties of a resource
Updates the item with the given ID if the item already exists or creates a new item with a given ID if the item does not exit An item can only be patched if it exists. We cannot patch an item if it does not exist

Depending on the Angular version being used, we can either user the Angular Http service or HttpClient service to call the server side service.

Angular Version Angular Service to use
Angular Version 4.3.x and later HttpClient
Angular Version < 4.3.x Http

Since Angular Version 4.3.x, the old Http service is deprecated. If you are using a version less than 4.3.x, then your only choice is to use Http service. We discussed using the Http service in Parts 27 and 28 of Angular 2 tutorial. HttpClient service has some great benefits over Http service. We will discuss using the HttpClient service and it's benefits in our upcoming videos in this series.

  • When a browser issues a request
  • The request is mapped to route in the Angular application
  • The component that is associated with the route calls the Angular Service
  • The Angular service calls the server side service using HTTP
  • The server side service talks to the database
  • The database provides the data to the server side service
  • The server side service then provides that data to the Angular service on the client side
  • The Angular Service provides the data to the component
  • The component displays the data to the user in the browser
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