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  • Angular-ifying your Visualforce pages

    Abhinav Gupta @abhinavguptas

    Bringing productivity and fun of web development into Visualforce pages.

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  • Salesforce MVP (5x) & Architect

    Founder of Concretio Apps

    @abhinavguptas

    Speakers

  • Angular app structuring, industry standard guidelines from

    Googles Angular style guide.

    Ionic template apps.

    Angular App Structuring in Salesforce reviewed in 4 approaches with pros/cons.

    Approach 1: Using couple of static resources and supporting VF pages per SPA.

    Approach 2: Mavensmate resource bundles.

    Approach 3: Aside.io zipped resource editing.

    Approach 4: Welkin Suite zipped resource editing.

    Live demos of above approaches in a Salesforce org.

    Agenda

  • Angular App Structuring How web in general understands Angular app structure

  • App structure for simple app with 1 directive and 1 service. sampleapp

    app.css

    app.js

    app-controller.js

    app-controller_test.js

    components

    foo

    foo.js

    foo-directive.js

    foo-directive_test.js

    foo-service_test.js

    foo-service_test.js

    index.html

    Googles Angular Style Guide http://google.github.io/styleguide/angularjs-google-style.html

  • App structure when service and directive are unrelated sampleapp

    app.css

    app.js

    app-controller.js

    app-controller_test.js

    components

    foo

    foo.js

    foo-directive.js

    foo-directive_test.js

    bar

    bar.js

    bar-directive.js

    bar-directive_test.js

    index.html

    Googles Angular Style Guide http://google.github.io/styleguide/angularjs-google-style.html

  • Ionics structure for a sample Tabs app http://ionicframework.com/getting-started/ How it looks css style.css img ionic.png index.html js app.js controllers.js services.js lib ionic (ionic dist) templates chat-detail.html tab-account.html tab-chats.html tab-dash.html tabs.html

  • Angular multi tabs SPA in

    Salesforce A simple tasks and events management app

  • For quick glimpse and management of tasks and events.

    Built using Angular and Ionic (UI)

    Single Page app

    Multiple tabs, like Dashboard, Tasks & Events

    App Overview

  • App Demo

  • Angular App Structuring in

    Salesforce How to port generalised ng app structures to visualforce pages ?

  • classes

    RemoteTKController.cls

    TestRemoteTKController.cls

    components

    RemoteTK.component

    staticresources

    ioniclib.resource

    Shared Metadata

  • Approach 1 - Using multiple static resources and pages https://developer.salesforce.com/blogs/developer-relations/2014/04/building-beautiful-mobile-apps-in-visualforce-using-angularjs-and-ionic-part-1.html

    Raja Rao DV Developer Advocate @salesforce @rajaraodv

    Very good series of blogs with videos on creating SPAs in VF

  • 4 partial VF pages & 3 additional static resources needed for a simple app

    pages

    myapp_index_html.page

    myapp_tab_dash_html.page

    myapp_tab_events_html.page

    myapp_tab_tasks_html.page

    myapp_tabs_html.page

    staticresources

    myapp_app_js.resource

    myapp_controllers_js.resource

    myapp_services_js.resource

    Approach 1 - App Structure

  • Live demos

    Live illustration of Approach 1 Angular app in a Salesforce Org.

  • Approach 1 Review - GOOD & BAD parts

    GOOD

    Good for prototyping at rapid pace.

    Less Conflicts: In case, multiple developers

    are working on different views of the same

    page.

    BAD

    Performance could be slow, because HTML

    templates are loading from VF pages.

    Grouping of related files is based on filename,

    no clear structure.

    Too much scattered metadata, when multiple

    SPAs exists in a single Org, i.e. 5 extra pages

    and 3 static resources for a single VF page.

  • Approach 2 - MavensMate Resource Bundles http://mavensmate.com/ http://www.joe-ferraro.com/2012/12/mavensmate-resource-bundles/

  • Approach 2 - App Structure

    Mavens ResourceBundle offering exploded directory structure for StaticResource tabs_app_mavens

    resource-bundles

    tabs_app_mavens.resource

    css

    img

    js

    app.js

    controllers.js

    services.js

    templates

    tab-dash.html

    tab-events.html

    tab-tasks.html

    tabs.html

    Just 1 StaticResource for partials, styles and scripts

    pages

    tabs_app_mavens.page

    staticresources

    tabs_app_mavens.resource

  • Live demos

    Live illustration of Approach 2 Angular app in a Salesforce Org.

  • Approach 2 - GOOD & BAD parts

    GOOD

    Familiar structure for new web developers

    to productively code Angular apps in

    Salesforce.

    Limited metadata per VF page and SPA.

    BAD

    File conflicts when multiple developers

    working on different views of same VF page or

    SPA.

    Mavensmate save speeds are slow at times,

    which might be a big turn down. Aside.IO wins

    here by huge margin.

  • Approach 3 - Aside.IO zipped static resources https://www.aside.io/

  • Quite similar to Mavens, but all browser based tabs_app_aside.resource

    css

    js

    app.js

    controller.js

    services.js

    templates

    tab-dash.html

    tab-events.html

    tab-tasks.html

    tabs.html

    Approach 3 - App Structure

    Just 1 StaticResource for partials, styles and scripts

    pages

    tabs_app_aside.page

    staticresources

    tabs_app_aside.resource

  • Live demos

    Live illustration of Approach 3 Angular app in a Salesforce Org.

  • BAD

    Not able to save any file in zip apart from js,

    css, txt and html

    File conflicts when multiple developers

    working on different views of same VF page or

    SPA.

    Approach 3 - GOOD & BAD parts

    GOOD

    Blazing fast SAVE speeds (biggest

    advantage).

    Some what familiar structure for new web

    developers to productively code Angular

    apps in Salesforce.

    Limited metadata per VF page and SPA.

  • Approach 4 - Welkin Suite (Windows Users Only) http://welkinsuite.com/

  • Approach 4 - App Structure

    Similar to MavensMate, could be nice option for VisualStudio lovers

  • Questions ? Happy to answer any related queries later via twitter @abhinavguptas