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In this video we will discuss an easier way of creating reactive forms using the FormBuilder class

In Angular, there are 2 ways to create reactive forms
  1. Explicitly creating instances of FormGroup and FormControl classes using the new keyword. We discussed this in Part 4 and Part 6 of Angular 6 tutorial.
  2. Using the FormBuilder class

The FormBuilder class provides syntactic sugar that shortens creating instances of a FormControl, FormGroup, or FormArray. It reduces the amount of code we have to write to build complex reactive forms. The FormBuilder service has three methods: 
  • control() - Construct a new FormControl instance
  • group() - Construct a new FormGroup instance
  • array() - Construct a new FormArray instance
We will discuss FormArrays in our upcoming videos.

Step 1 : Import FormBuilder 

The FormBuilder class is provided as a service, so first let's import the service

import { FormBuilder } from '@angular/forms';

Step 2 : Inject the FormBuilder service 

Once the FormBuilder service is imported, inject it into the component using the constructor

constructor(private fb: FormBuilder) { }

Step 3 : Use the FormBuilder 
  • Notice in the example below, we are using the FormBuilder group() method to create a FormGroup instance. 
  • To the method we pass an object that contains a collection of child controls. 
  • For each child control we specify a key and value
  • Key is the name of the form control and the value is an array.
  • The first element of the array is used to specify an initial value for the form control.
  • The second and third elements of the array are used to specify synchronous and asynchronous validators for the form control. We will discuss these when we discuss form validation in our upcoming videos.
  • For now, we have defined just the initial value using the first element of the array.
  • We have specified an empty string as the default value for all the controls except proficiency radio buttons.
  • For proficiency we have a default value of beginner. So the respective radio button is selected when the form loads.
this.employeeForm ={
  fullName: [''],
  email: [''],
    skillName: [''],
    experienceInYears: [''],
    proficiency: ['beginner']

FormBuilder reduces the amount of boilerplate code we have to write to build complex reactive forms.

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