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Angular2 + Visual Studio 2015 : Tour of heroes

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This series sample will convert the Tour of heroes sample application from angular.io.

As usual, the source is available on Github here.

Getting things up and running

Starting from part 1, getting the first part of the tutorial to work was mainly copy and paste job from Hero editor.

I also updated package.json to use latests versions of libs (Angular2 version 2.0.0-beta.8), but ran into a typescript compilation issue :

Compiling...
### Fast Compile >>src/ts/app.component.ts
### Fast Compile >>src/ts/boot.ts
Using tsc v1.7.3
GitHub/Samples.Angular2/Samples.Front/node_modules/angular2/platform/browser.d.ts(77,90): error TS2304: Cannot find name 'Promise'.
GitHub/Samples.Angular2/Samples.Front/node_modules/angular2/src/core/application_ref.d.ts(83,60): error TS2304: Cannot find name 'Promise'.
GitHub/Samples.Angular2/Samples.Front/node_modules/angular2/src/core/application_ref.d.ts(83,146): error TS2304: Cannot find name 'Promise'.
... and so on ...

This was easily fixed, thanks to http://stackoverflow.com/a/35514492/971, just edit boot.ts to reference the typings !

// from : http://stackoverflow.com/a/35514492/971
/// <reference path="../../node_modules/angular2/typings/browser.d.ts" />

import {bootstrap} from 'angular2/platform/browser';
import {AppComponent} from './app.component';

bootstrap(AppComponent);

And everything is now running fine !

Adding the next parts

Adding the Master/details and Multiple components was also a quick copy/paste story.

As I didn’t lile having the css and html hardcoded into the components, I took the opportunity to move them to their own files :

@Component({
    selector: 'my-app',
    moduleId: module.id,
    templateUrl: 'app.component.html',
    styleUrls: ['app.component.css'],
    directives: [HeroDetailComponent]
})

Here you can see a moduleId property. This one is used to not have to hardcode the ‘app’ (module name) in the template and style urls. However, due to an issue with relativeUrl and SystemJS I had to create a shim.d.ts file and reference it in main.ts :

// from : https://github.com/angular/angular/issues/6053
declare var module: any;

Finally, I split the hero module into its own directory, as I like having things neatly organised.