Do you use client-side routing?
11/07/2017 5:17 AM by
Single page applications (SPAs) are getting more and more popular, and for good reason – a better and faster user experience, reduced server load and encourages good API separation.
But have you ever visited a website, thought “I’ll refresh that” and then got taken back to the home screen? Or tried to copy or bookmark the URL, only to find it’s just “/Home”? This happens when client side routing hasn’t been implemented properly and is a big hit to a site’s usability.
This is easily fixed with Angular ’s routing capabilities, and implementing it in your SPA will confer several advantages:
- URLs can be copy-pasted and shared
- Page refreshes work as expected
- Less prone to errors
- Better separation of concerns (navigation vs page state)
- Figure: Bad example - The blog post component is choosing components based on the state of the component
A better way is to set up routes, and use a router (the first-party component router is great for this) to manage your components:
- Good: Setting up declarative routes and outlets gives a good user experience, persistent URLs, and fewer moving parts
Do you feel this rule needs an update?