Chapter 8. Angular Services

In the previous two chapters, we worked on creating form-based Angular applications. To this extent, we approached it in two ways: the traditional template-driven approach and then the reactive form-based approach. With both, we looked at the building blocks and then built live working forms with validation and proper messaging.

In this chapter, we will move beyond the UI for a bit, and start exploring Angular services, which are the workhorses of any application. We will take a step back, understand what Angular services are, and how to create one. Then we will dig into the Angular dependency injection system and understand how to use and leverage it, before going off and building our own Angular services.

What Are Angular Services?

We have mostly worked with Angular components so far. Components, to quickly recap, are responsible for deciding what data to display and how to render and display it in the UI. We bind our data from the components to our UI and bind our events from the UI to methods in the components to allow and handle user interactions. That is, components in Angular are our presentation layer, and should be involved in and focus on the presentation aspects of data.

But if components are our presentation layer, it begs the question of what should be responsible for the actual data fetching and common business logic in an Angular application. This is where Angular services come in. Angular services are that layer that is common across ...

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