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How to Create a Single Page App with AngularJS and Spring MVC

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The article presents recipe to create a single page application with AngularJS & Spring MVC where different pages are required to do transactions with server using RESTful API. The demonstration is created on this page, http://hello-angularjs.appspot.com/angularjs-single-page-app-restful-apis. Code samples and related concepts are presented for following requirements of single page app:
  • Initially one page is loaded with side navigation.
  • Clicking on side navigation loads new view (data) from server by consuming RESTful API using ngResource, $resource service with "query" action method
  • Clicking on individual items link loads the related data from server, again by consuming RESTful API using ngResource, $resource service with "get" action method
  • Submitting a set of data consumes a RESTful API and sends the data to the server for persistence. Here, $resource service with "save" action method is used.
The demo app presents a trivial app which allow users to do some of the following:
  • Create new users
  • Get all users
  • Get users by Id
In this example, one userservice is created that does the RESTful transaction. This userservice is used in multiple different controllers used to load/manage different views. Following are keys to creating AngularJS Single Page App that consumes RESTful APIs:
  • Angular module dependencies
  • Routing code that defines routes for different links.
  • Code to manage the transactions with RESTful APIs. I created a custom User service that provides APIs to do transactions with RESTful APIs
  • Controller code that defines how data will be retrieved/handled in each view
  • Server side code to receive RESTful API request and send appropriate response
Angular Module Dependencies
Following are two different modules that will be required to be included when creating app:
  • ngRoute
  • ngResource
Following is the code sample:
var userApp = angular.module("userApp", [ 'ngRoute', 'ngResource' ]);
You would also have to include following within element:
<script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.2.21/angular-route.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.2.21/angular-resource.js"></script>

Routing Code

Following represents the routing code which defines how each link/path will be processed (controller, templateURL)
userApp.config(function($routeProvider) {
	    $routeProvider.when('/users/new', {
       		                controller : 'NewUserCtrl',
		                       templateUrl : 'views/newuser.html'
	                }).when('/users/:userId', {
                       		controller : 'UsersByIdCtrl',
                       		templateUrl : 'views/userbyid.html'	
                	}).when('/users', {
                       		controller : 'UsersCtrl',
                       		templateUrl : 'views/users.html'	
		                       controller : 'SpaCtrl',
                       		templateUrl: 'views/spahome.html'

User Service - Transactions with RESTful APIs

Following code is used to userservice using AngularJS factory recipe. This userservice internally instantiates User class by passing $resource service to its constructor function. Note that $scope is passed to individual APIs/methods and that the value for model is set within each API. Once updated, the model values appear on the UI.
userApp.factory( 'userservice', [ '$resource', function( $resource ){
	return new User( $resource );
}] );

function User( resource ) {

	this.resource = resource; 

	this.createUser = function ( user, scope ) {
		// Save Action Method
		var User = resource('/users/new');		
		User.save(user, function(response){
			scope.message = response.message;

	this.getUser = function ( id, scope ) {
		// GET Action Method
		var User = resource('/users/:userId', {userId:'@userId'});
		User.get( {userId:id}, function(user){
			scope.user = user;

	this.getUsers = function( scope ) {
		// Query Action Method
		var Users = resource('/users');
			scope.users = users;

AngularJS Controller Code for Different Views

// Controller when the main page/view loads
userApp.controller("SpaCtrl", [ '$scope', function($scope) {			
} ]);
// Controller for All Users View
userApp.controller("UsersCtrl", [ '$scope','userservice', function($scope, userservice) {	
	userservice.getUsers( $scope );		
} ]);
// Controller for New User View
userApp.controller("NewUserCtrl", [ '$scope','userservice', function($scope, userservice) {				

	userservice.getUsers( $scope );	

	$scope.createNewUser = function(){
		var newuser = { 'firstname':$scope.firstname, 'lastname': $scope.lastname, 'address':$scope.address, 'email':$scope.email };
		// Call UserService to create a new user
		userservice.createUser ( newuser, $scope );

		// Push new user to existing table column
		$scope.users.push( newuser );
		// Reset fields values
} ]);
// Controller for Individual User View
userApp.controller("UsersByIdCtrl", [ '$scope','userservice', '$routeParams', function($scope, userservice, $routeParams) {	
	userservice.getUser($routeParams.userId, $scope);	
} ]);

Spring MVC Controller Code for RESTful API

Following demonstrates the Spring MVC Controller code for three different RESTful APIs with URL written as part of RequestMapping value parameter:
  • All Users (/users)

    @RequestMapping(value = "/users", method = RequestMethod.GET)
            public  @ResponseBody String getAllUsers( ModelMap model ) {
                String jsonData = "[{\"id\":\"3253123\",\"firstname\":\"Chris\",\"lastname\":\"Johnson\",\"address\":\"211, Geoffrey Drive\",\"city\":\"Newark\",\"phone\":\"999-888-6666\",\"email\":\"chrisj@yahoo.com\"},{\"id\":\"67643837\",\"firstname\":\"Bill\",\"lastname\":\"Derkson\",\"address\":\"201, Sleepy Hollow Drive\",\"city\":\"Newark\",\"phone\":\"999-777-2222\",\"email\":\"billd@gmail.com\"}]";
                return jsonData;

  • New Users (/users/new)

    @RequestMapping(value = "/users/new", method = RequestMethod.POST)    
            public  @ResponseBody String createNewUser( @RequestBody User user )   {        
                // Code processing the input parameters
                 String response = "{\"message\":\"Created New User - firstname: " + user.getFirstname() + ", lastname: " + user.getLastname() + ", address: " + user.getAddress() + ", email: " + user.getEmail()+"\"}";
                return response;

  • User By Id (/users/{id}

    @RequestMapping(value = "/users/{id}", method = RequestMethod.GET)    
            public  @ResponseBody String getUsersById( @PathVariable("id") long userId )   {        
                // Code processing the input parameters
                String response = "{\"id\":\""+ userId + "\",\"firstname\":\"FirstName\",\"lastname\":\"LastName\",\"address\":\"Some Address\",\"age\":\"SomeNo\",\"email\":\"sometext@gmail.com\"}";
                return response;

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