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Why You Should Use Angular JS

Takeaways from this articleIn this post, we will understand the prominence of Angular JS and how it plays an important role in front-end web development.  We will understand the applications of Angular JS, along with its usage.  We will also see how it works in comparison to other frameworks that are used for the same purpose.  What is Angular JS Angular JS is a JavaScript framework, that is currently being maintained by tech giant Google. It is used to build single page applications and web-based mobile applications that have interactivity with the users. It is simply an extension of the DOM model, making the application more user-friendly and robust. It is also an MVC framework implementation.  What are the applications of Angular JS? Menu creation Menu is trivial in almost all websites, be it single page, or multi-page. A menu is a navigation tool that responds to an input sent by a user- this could be a click, or a touch. It includes designs to make the web page more visible, or to make the user-experience better. Angular JS can be used to improve the user friendliness of the application. Elements from CSS can be added to the already present HTML (in the AngularJS framework) to improve the overall view of the page, thereby improving the user experience.  Interactive single page application There are various advantages when using a web page that behaves like a single page application. Instead of having to load and fetch separate pages from the memory as and when requested by the user every time they visit the site, a single page website would mean less overload on the memory and improved quality of user-experience. This is because all the code required by the web application can be retrieved in one go or can be dynamically loaded as and when required by the user. This behaves more like a desktop application, rather than like a multi-page application on the website.  10 advantages of Angular JS with respect to its peers Easy to implement MVC framework Many applications implement MVC frameworks, and Angular JS is one of them. The highlight of using Angular JS is the fact that MVC is implemented by splitting up the web application into various parts of MVC wherein every part will automatically perform its own remaining work. The MVC elements are managed by Angular JS without explicitly specifying so, and this acts as a pipeline that integrates them into separate elements. It is an intermediate point of contact that makes sure that the components fit and integrate properly. This way, the developer can concentrate on building quality applications without worrying about integration.  Interactive user interface Angular JS uses HTML to define the user-interface of the mobile application, and since HTML is simple to use, easy to understand and a declarative language, the entire application is simple. It is easier to use HTML than JavaScript to define the elements of the interface.  HTML is recognizable the moment it is encountered due to its format, tags, etc, in comparison to understanding that the language that has been used to implement the interface is JavaScript. In addition to this, HTML can be used to understand the flow of control of the application (HTML can be used with controllers in the MVC framework as well). Easy to understand directives A directive is a concept that can be used to work with Angular JS with the aim of embedding additional functionality into HTML, without making it more complicated. A limitless number of elements can be added to HTML, to improve the functionality of the application, without making it messy or complicated or difficult to maintain.  Angular JS facilitates directives that help the developer in building customized HTML tags. They can be identified with the help of their prefit ‘ng’. These newly built customized tags can be used as customized widgets. In addition to this, they can be used to manipulate the attributes of the DOM. There are certain default directives as well. The application maps the newly customized/default directives (which are also known as special attributes) to the elements of HTML so that it will generate the respective functionality for the application. This is achieved after creating the directives (customized or default attributes/HTML tags) and attaching that specific attribute/tag to the DOM element where it is required. With the help of data binding, changes to the application will be directly reflected in the ‘view’ section of the application.  Working with DOM is simple In general, the view part of MVC framework extends to the DOM in order to display the data, and at this point in time, the DOM is played with, in order to add extra functionality. The directives present in Angular JS can be used to bind the application data with the customized/default special attributes of HTML DOM elements. This means views are interpreted as HTML pages that come with placeholders which are later replaced with relevant values when dynamic data comes in, by Angular JS. This is a convenient way since it helps integrate the view with the website design. This will eliminate the complexity and messiness of the code.  POJO POJO simply means Plain Old JavaScript Object, which indicates that the Angular JS’s data models are simple, plain, easy to understand as well as implement. This also means that functions such as ‘getters’ and ‘setters’ are not required. The characteristics of the application can be changed directly. The presence of directives and DOM elements can be conveniently used to add the required functionalities.  Writing messy code is avoided The need to write too many lines of messy code can be avoided while using Angular JS. The need to write code for MVC pipeline is eliminated, thereby reducing considerable amount of overhead. The data model can be specified without the need to use other extra features or embedding other features. The concept of data binding makes sure that new data is not added into the view portion manually. It has to be integrated into the view with the help of DOM and directives. This way, the entire procedure is simple and easy.  Directives are different, and they are not a part of the code base of the application. This means a directive can be written in parallel without worrying about integrating it with other parts of the code, since this part will be taken care of by Angular JS itself. The time saved can be productively used to improve the quality and features of the Angular JS application instead of worrying about integrating the code with other parts of the application. As a result, there is more flexibility and the ability to extend the code when trying to build high-end web-based applications.  Filters in the data As the name suggests, it is a method that is used to filter the data before it reaches the view part of the application. It helps add filters such as formatting to decimal places, filtering an array based on a specific parameter, reversing the order of ranges, or implementing the concept of pagination for web pages in the application.  Filters can be created to make sure that the functions work properly and have been separated from the application. It also ensures that the functions are only associated with the data transformations with respect to the data and not the entire code of the application itself.  Communications know the context The Publisher-Subscriber system, which is also known as PubSub system is a common model that is used for a separate communication system. Most of the tools that implement Publisher-Subscriber model over the internet wouldn’t be aware of the context in which they are being used. But it is important to ensure that MVC elements that are not related to the same context are not placed together. When Angular JS is combined with Publisher Subscriber model, the context can be specifically mentioned, thereby addressing a specific part of the application. This ensures that the MVC part remains aloof. The remaining parts of the application won’t receive this context/message which means there won’t be any communication. This is easy to implement and simple to use with respect to communication that happens between controllers. Data binding is a technique that helps in the synchronization of the model and the view of the MVC framework. It helps to change, manipulate and work with the model and the view, and also changes their properties and data. With the help of data binding, any changes in the model would be directly reflected in the ‘view’ portion of the framework without the requirement to manipulate DOM or event handlers.  Service providers The scope of the code can be manipulated with the help of controllers in Angular JS. This means data can be placed prior to the code that would be used to implement the business logic or the server code. Controllers perform most of the heavy lifting, since Angular binds specific services to them. This way, the specific service of one controller wouldn’t get mixed with other parts of the application or with the MVC. An API is created to expose the functionality that needs to be used. The offline data can also be managed by synchronizing it with the server, and using various methods to pull or push data to and from a server. It can also be used to create a data sharing resource service that will ensure that different controllers share the same resources at that particular point in time.  Unit Testing capabilities  Angular JS was built by keeping the testing requirements in mind. This is because testing plays an important role, and can prove to be a significant step in identifying loopholes and issues. It also helps understand the overall application from a different perspective. For this change in perspective, end-to-end testing is performed on the Angular JS application. In Angular JS, unit testing can be performed with or without the help of Karma framework. Unit testing is usually performed separately on controllers and directives of Angular JS. The Angular JS application can also be tested by setting up individual test pages that would help create a specific component of the application, and then adding interactivity to it and checking if it works fine or not.  Dependency Injection (DI) The Angular JS application is bound with the help of Dependency Injection (DI). This is because Angular JS contains a built-in DI system. DI is basically a design pattern that discusses the components and their dependencies. DI helps the developers in creating components, working on their dependencies and facilitating the developers with the components that are required. It ensures that controllers are managed within their respective scopes easily. This is because the controllers depend on DI for data to be passed on to it. Why Angular JS should be used Angular JS is an open source framework that binds the data in two ways- the view and the model of the application are synchronized with each other when a user interaction takes place via the interface. This happens automatically so that the DOM gets updated accordingly. It is considered to be budget-friendly, and easy to create.  The highlight of using Angular JS is the fact that MVC is implemented by splitting up the application into parts of MVC that automatically perform the remaining work respectively. The MVC elements are managed by Angular JS without explicitly specifying, and acts as a pipeline that integrates their separate elements. It is an intermediate point of contact that makes sure that the components fit and integrate properly. Adding new functionalities isn’t a difficult task anymore; the view is not a part of DOM, which means new functions can be added and can be integrated with the application by making sure DOM interacts with the directive and the HTML page.  ConclusionIn this post, we understood the significance of using AngularJS, how it can be applied in the real-world, and how it is advantageous in comparison to other frameworks with respect to its implementation, DOM model, simple coding capabilities, unit testing abilities and much more. Angular JS applications are simple to build, easy to use (user-friendly) as well as maintain. Since the amount of code that needs to be written is less, the developer can concentrate on building better and more interactive applications thereby improving consumer experience.  Note: Angular is a version upgrade to AngularJS. Therefore, Angular refers to AngularJS in this article.

Why You Should Use Angular JS

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  • 18th Sep, 2020
  • Last updated on 17th Mar, 2021
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Why You Should Use Angular JS

Takeaways from this article

  • In this post, we will understand the prominence of Angular JS and how it plays an important role in front-end web development 
  • We will understand the applications of Angular JS, along with its usage.  
  • We will also see how it works in comparison to other frameworks that are used for the same purpose.  

What is Angular JS 

Angular JS is a JavaScript framework, that is currently being maintained by tech giant Google. It is used to build single page applications and web-based mobile applications that have interactivity with the users. It is simply an extension of the DOM model, making the application more user-friendly and robust. It is also an MVC framework implementation.  

What are the applications of Angular JS? 

Menu creation 

Menu is trivial in almost all websites, be it single page, or multi-page. A menu is a navigation tool that responds to an input sent by a user- this could be a click, or a touch. It includes designs to make the web page more visible, or to make the user-experience better. Angular JS can be used to improve the user friendliness of the application. Elements from CSS can be added to the already present HTML (in the AngularJS framework) to improve the overall view of the page, thereby improving the user experience.  

Interactive single page application 

There are various advantages when using a web page that behaves like a single page application. Instead of having to load and fetch separate pages from the memory as and when requested by the user every time they visit the site, a single page website would mean less overload on the memory and improved quality of user-experience. This is because all the code required by the web application can be retrieved in one go or can be dynamically loaded as and when required by the user. This behaves more like a desktop application, rather than like a multi-page application on the website.  

10 advantages of Angular JS with respect to its peers 

Easy to implement MVC framework 

Many applications implement MVC frameworks, and Angular JS is one of them. The highlight of using Angular JS is the fact that MVC is implemented by splitting up the web application into various parts of MVC wherein every part will automatically perform its own remaining work. The MVC elements are managed by Angular JS without explicitly specifying so, and this acts as a pipeline that integrates them into separate elements. It is an intermediate point of contact that makes sure that the components fit and integrate properly. This way, the developer can concentrate on building quality applications without worrying about integration.  

Interactive user interface 

Angular JS uses HTML to define the user-interface of the mobile application, and since HTML is simple to use, easy to understand and declarative language, the entire application is simple. It is easier to use HTML than JavaScript to define the elements of the interface.  

HTML is recognizable the moment it is encountered due to its format, tags, etc, in comparison to understanding that the language that has been used to implement the interface is JavaScript. In addition to this, HTML can be used to understand the flow of control of the application (HTML can be used with controllers in the MVC framework as well). 

Easy to understand directives 

A directive is a concept that can be used to work with Angular JS with the aim of embedding additional functionality into HTML, without making it more complicated. A limitless number of elements can be added to HTML, to improve the functionality of the application, without making it messy or complicated or difficult to maintain 

Angular JS facilitates directives that help the developer in building customized HTML tags. They can be identified with the help of their prefit ‘ng’. These newly built customized tags can be used as customized widgets. In addition to this, they can be used to manipulate the attributes of the DOM. There are certain default directives as well. 

The application maps the newly customized/default directives (which are also known as special attributes) to the elements of HTML so that it will generate the respective functionality for the application. This is achieved after creating the directives (customized or default attributes/HTML tags) and attaching that specific attribute/tag to the DOM element where it is required. With the help of data binding, changes to the application will be directly reflected in the ‘view’ section of the application.  

Working with DOM is simple 

In general, the view part of MVC framework extends to the DOM in order to display the data, and at this point in time, the DOM is played with, in order to add extra functionality. The directives present in Angular JS can be used to bind the application data with the customized/default special attributes of HTML DOM elements. This means views are interpreted as HTML pages that come with placeholders which are later replaced with relevant values when dynamic data comes in, by Angular JS. This is a convenient way since it helps integrate the view with the website design. This will eliminate the complexity and messiness of the code.  

POJO 

POJO simply means Plain Old JavaScript Object, which indicates that the Angular JS’s data models are simple, plain, easy to understand as well as implementThis also means that functions such as ‘getters’ and ‘setters’ are not required. The characteristics of the application can be changed directly. The presence of directives and DOM elements can be conveniently used to add the required functionalities 

Writing messy code is avoided 

The need to write too many lines of messy code can be avoided while using Angular JS. The need to write code for MVC pipeline is eliminated, thereby reducing considerable amount of overheadThe data model can be specified without the need to use other extra features oembedding other features. The concept of data binding makes sure that new data is not added into the view portion manually. It has to be integrated into the view with the help of DOM and directives. This way, the entire procedure is simple and easy.  

Directives are different, and they are not a part of the code base of the application. This means a directive can be written in parallel without worrying about integrating it with other parts of the code, since this part will be taken care of by Angular JS itself. The time saved can be productively used to improve the quality and features of the Angular JS application instead of worrying about integrating the code with other parts of the application. As a result, there is more flexibility and the ability to extend the code when trying to build high-end web-based applications.  

Filters in the data 

As the name suggests, it is a method that is used to filter the data before it reaches the view part of the application. It helps add filters such as formatting to decimal places, filtering an array based on a specific parameter, reversing the order of ranges, or implementing the concept of pagination for web pages in the application.  

Filters can be created to make sure that the functions work properly and have been separated from the application. It also ensures that the functions are only associated with the data transformations with respect to the data and not the entire code of the application itself.  

Communications know the context 

The Publisher-Subscriber system, which is also known as PubSub system is a common model that is used for separate communication system. Most of the tools that implement Publisher-Subscriber model over the internet wouldn’t be aware of the context in which they are being used. But it is important to ensure that MVC elements that are not related to the same context are not placed together. 

When Angular JS is combined with Publisher Subscriber model, the context can be specifically mentioned, thereby addressing a specific part of the application. This ensures that the MVC part remains aloof. The remaining parts of the application won’t receive this context/message which means there won’t be any communication. This is easy to implement and simple to use with respect to communication that happens between controllers. Data binding is a technique that helps in the synchronization of the model and the view of the MVC framework. It helps to change, manipulate and work with the model and the view, and also changes their properties and data. With the help of data binding, any changes in the model would be directly reflected in the ‘view’ portion of the framework without the requirement to manipulate DOM or event handlers 

Service providers 

The scope of the code can be manipulated with the help of controllers in Angular JS. This means data can be placed prior to the code that would be used to implement the business logic or the server code. Controllers perform most of the heavy lifting, since Angular binds specific services to them. This way, the specific service of one controller wouldn’t get mixed with other parts of the application or with the MVC. An API is created to expose the functionality that needs to be used. The offline data can also be managed by synchronizing it with the server, and using various methods to pull or push data to and from a server. It can also be used to create a data sharing resource service that will ensure that different controllers share the same resources at that particular point in time.  

Unit Testing capabilities  

Angular JS was built by keeping the testing requirements in mind. This is because testing plays an important role, and can prove to be a significant step in identifying loopholes and issues. It also helps understand the overall application from a different perspective. For this change in perspective, end-to-end testing is performed on the Angular JS application. In Angular JS, unit testing can be performed with or without the help of Karma framework. Unit testing is usually performed separately on controllers and directives of Angular JS. 

The Angular JS application can also be tested by setting up individual test pages that would help create a specific component of the application, and then adding interactivity to it and checking if it works fine or not.  

Dependency Injection (DI) 

The Angular JS application is bound with the help of Dependency Injection (DI). This is because Angular JS contains a built-in DI system. DI is basically a design pattern that discusses the components and their dependencies. DI helps the developers in creating components, working on their dependencies and facilitating the developers with the components that are required. It ensures that controllers are managed within their respective scopes easily. This is because the controllers depend on DI for data to be passed on to it. 

Why Angular JS should be used 

Angular JS is an open source framework that binds the data in two ways- the view and the model of the application are synchronized with each other when a user interaction takes place via the interface. This happens automatically so that the DOM gets updated accordingly. It is considered to be budget-friendly, and easy to create.  

The highlight of using Angular JS is the fact that MVC is implemented by splitting up the application into parts of MVC that automatically perform the remaining work respectively. The MVC elements are managed by Angular JS without explicitly specifying, and acts as a pipeline that integrates their separate elements. It is an intermediate point of contact that makes sure that the components fit and integrate properly. Adding new functionalities isn’t a difficult task anymore; the view is not a part of DOM, which means new functions can be added and can be integrated with the application by making sure DOM interacts with the directive and the HTML page.  

Conclusion

In this post, we understood the significance of using AngularJS, how it can be applied in the real-world, and how it is advantageous in comparison to other frameworks with respect to its implementation, DOM model, simple coding capabilities, unit testing abilities and much more. Angular JS applications are simple to build, easy to use (user-friendly) as well as maintain. Since the amount of code that needs to be written is less, the developer can concentrate on building better and more interactive applications thereby improving consumer experience.

  

Note: Angular is a version upgrade to AngularJS. Therefore, Angular refers to AngularJS in this article.

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Simply, the schema defines the type of data that can be fetched, the relationships between these types of data, and what type of queries are allowed. The most basic components of a GraphQL schema are object types. They represent a kind of object you can fetch from your service along with the fields it has. Further, schema helps the client validate their query and eliminate unavailable data or the wrong structure stage.The other two fundamental parts of GraphQL are Query and Resolver. The request to fetch a particular data is called a query and a resolver is used to tell the server from where and how to fetch the data corresponding to the given field. You can execute the GraphQL queries either by Command line or by using a GraphQL server.GraphQL works in three parts – a query to read data, a mutation to write data, and a subscription to receive real-time data over time.Now that you know the ‘What’ and ‘Where’of GraphQL, let’s dive straight into our favorite part, the development phase.Let’s Play with GraphQLTo get started with GraphQL, you need a server that serves your API and a client that connects to your service endpoints. In this section, you will learn about a step-by-step procedure of building an API using GraphQL and Express on top of Node.js. In the next section, you will be implementing these prerequisites into code and start our development for the API.Prerequisites:Understanding of GraphQLNode Package Manager (or NPM) with version 10+Knowledge of basic querying and server-side programming.We will be needing a database to store the user data and everything else that a client-side application can request for. For this, you will be using LowDB, which is a simple file based JSON database for small projects in the localhost. Then you will be needing middleware to connect our database system to the requesting frontend application. For this, you will be using the Express middleware with the GraphQL implementation of Express - the Graphql-express library. Finally, you will be making a client-side application using react which can request all the data from the local database and can perform operations on the database like read, write, and delete.So, our roadmap is simple and straightforward. Create a Database Schema > Use a middleware server to query the database > Create a frontend application to use the data. If this is too much at once for you, do not worry as this is article is being written keeping in mind that the reader is a first-timer for GraphQL and basic querying as usual. Now, let’s dive into the code.Setting up Express GraphQLLet’s begin with the basic project structure of a Node.js application. Begin a new project in a new folder.$ mkdir graphql-example $ cd graphql-exampleUse NPM to intiialize a project$ npm init -yInstall the required dependencies for Express, MongoDB (Mongoose), and some additional dependencies required for the function of Express.$ npm install express mongoose body-parser cors --saveApollo Server is a community-maintained open-source GraphQL server that works with all Node.js HTTP server frameworks, so next, you are going to download and save that.$ npm install apollo-server-express --saveThis should’ve created a package.json and a package-lock.json file within your folder. These files contain information regarding our environment, the dependencies, and the specific versions to run those dependencies.This means our environment is ready and you can now start developing the integrated server and API. We are going to write the Schema inside the index.js file. In the index.js file, start off by writing this code.const express = require('express'); const mongoose = require('mongoose'); const schema = require('./schema'); const bodyParser = require('body-parser'); const cors = require('cors'); const { ApolloServer } = require('apollo-server-express'); const url = "mongodb://localhost:27017/moviesdb"; const connect = mongoose.connect(url, { useNewUrlParser: true }); connect.then((db) => {       console.log('Connected correctly to server!'); }, (err) => {       console.log(err); }); const server = new ApolloServer({       typeDefs: schema.typeDefs,       resolvers: schema.resolvers }); const app = express(); app.use(bodyParser.json()); app.use('*', cors()); server.applyMiddleware({ app }); app.listen({ port: 4000 }, () =>   console.log(`Server ready at  http://localhost:4000${server.graphqlPath}`));In lines number 1 to 6, you’re implementing the necessary modules. Note that here you have imported the ./schema, but you haven’t created that yet. We will be doing this in the next step.In lines number 9 to 14, you are connecting the project to the MongoDB database and logging any error you face to the console.In lines number 16 to 19, you’re creating a new Apollo Server with typeDefs and Resolver. We’ll be defining those in the ./schema later in this tutorial.In lines 21 to 26, you’re firing up the Express Server at port 4000, when you will actually be able to interact with what you’re building.GraphQL has two main principles to work: types and resolvers. We defined them in Apollo Server. We’ll import them from the file you’ll create later.Next, let’s create the file models/movie.js that’ll contain the movie-Mongoose model.const mongoose = require('mongoose'); const Schema = mongoose.Schema; const movieSchema = new Schema({     name: {        type: String,        required: true     },     rating: {        type: Number,        required: true     },     producer: {        type: String,        required: true    } }, {     timestamps: true }); var Movies = mongoose.model('Movie', movieSchema); module.exports = {Movies, movieSchema};We’re going to build a simple movie app, where you can show, add, edit, and delete movies. That way you’ll get through the basics of GraphQL, which is the main goal of this tutorial.In lines 4 to 19, you’re basically determining the schema of the database that is going to hold the data of movies. Every movie is going to have a Name and a Producer of type String and a Rating of type Number.Designing the SchemaLet’s move on to the schema.js file where you’re going to build our GraphQL API.Create a new file in the root of the folder by the name of schema.js and add the following code.const { gql } = require('apollo-server-express');   const Movie = require('./models/movie').Movies;   const typeDefs = gql `    type Movie {      id: ID!      name: String!      producer: String!      rating: Float!  }  type Query {    getMovies: [Movie]    getMovie(id: ID!): Movie  }  type Mutation {      addMovie(name: String!, producer: String!, rating: Float!): Movie      updateMovie(id: ID!, name: String!, producer: String!, rating: Float): Movie      deleteMovie(id: ID!): Movie    } `In this, you’re building the schema. We defined the Movie type which will have an ID, the name of the movie and the producer, and a rating of type Float. The “!” after the types shows that these fields are necessary.Unlike the REST approach of getting different tasks done at different endpoint URLs, GraphQL can create operations in a single endpoint. That is what you have done in line 11 onwards. The type Query determines the GET operations, and type Mutation determines the modification operations like POST, DELETE, etc. In getMovies, you’re returning a list of all available movies in our database, and in getMovie, you’re getting the specific movie by the ID of that movie.Now you’re going to link these with the Mongoose Database queries that are going to perform the actions in the database. And this is done by Resolvers. Resolvers are a collection of functions that connect schema fields and types to various backends. It can read, write, and delete data from and to anywhere in the database, be it SQL, NoSQL, or Graph-based database. In simple terms, they act as a GraphQL query handler. Here’s how you’re going to implement Resolvers in our code:const resolvers = {   Query: {     getMovies: (parent, args) => {       return Movie.find({});     },     getMovie: (parent, args) => {       return Movie.findById(args.id);     }   },   Mutation: {     addMovie: (parent, args) => {       let movie = new Movie({         name: args.name,         producer: args.producer,         rating: args.rating,       });       return movie.save();     },     updateMovie: (parent, args) => {       if (!args.id) return;         return Movie.findOneAndUpdate(          {            _id: args.id          },          {            $set: {              name: args.name,              producer: args.producer,              rating: args.rating,            }          }, {new: true}, (err, Movie) => {            if (err) {              console.log('Something went wrong when updating the movie');            } else {              continue;            }          }       );     }   } } module.exports = {typeDefs,resolvers};This is the basic logic of MongoDB and CRUD applications, which doesn’t come under the scope of this article, since it is majorly focused on GraphQL. However, the logic is simple and straightforward for anyone to understand, so skim through it once.With this, you’re done with a basic Movie API that can perform all the CRUD operations on a database of movies. To test this out, you’re going to fire up our node server and open the browser in http://localhost:4000/graphql which will open the GraphQL Playground.$ node index.js Server ready at http://localhost:4000/graphqlOnce the Playground UI opens, you’re first going to create a Movie Record for the database since it would initially be empty.mutation { addMovie(name: “GraphQL Movie”, producer: “Facebook”, rating:  4.5) { id, name, rating, producer } }OUTPUT:{ “data” : { “addMovie”: { “id”: “5j2j1lnk1LNS231MLK3”, “name”: “GraphQL Movie”, “producer”: “Facebook”, “rating”: 4.5 } } }And now let’s list out all the movies in the database with only their “name” and “rating”.query { getMovies: { name, rating } }OUTPUT:{ “Data”: { “getMovies”: [ { “name”: “GraphQL Movie”, “rating”: 4.5 } ] } }So, you have successfully created a Movie API where you can perform all the CRUD operations on a single endpoint, and also ask for just the data that you want.  This results in a blazing fast API response and a developer-friendly return object that makes development fast and easy.Using GraphQL with ReactUsing GraphQL with react is super easy and can make full-stack development look like a piece of cake. We’re going to build a react app that uses the Movie API you just built to render the results on a frontend client app.Start off by installing the required dependencies.$ npm install create-react-app graphql @apollo/clientCreate a new React appnpx create-react-app movies-appLet’s start off by initializing an ApolloClient instance. In index.js let's first import the symbols you need from @apollo/client, Next, you'll initialize ApolloClient, passing its constructor a configuration object with URI and cache fields:import {   ApolloClient,   InMemoryCache,   ApolloProvider,   useQuery,   gql } from "@apollo/client"; const client = new ApolloClient({   uri: 'https://48p1r2roz4.sse.codesandbox.io',   cache: new InMemoryCache() });The URI specifies the GraphQL Server URL.That’s it! Our client app is ready to fetch data from the GraphQL server. In index.js, let’s wrap our React app with the ApolloProvider Component. Put up the ApolloProvider somewhere high in the app, above any component that might need to access GraphQL data.function App() {   return (           My first GraphQL app       ); } render(         ,   document.getElementById('root'), );With this being done, our client app is now ready to request data from the server and perform queries on the frontend. We can do this using the useQuery React Hook that shares the GraphQL data with the UI.In the index.js, let’s first define the query you want to execute.const MOVIES = gql`   query getMovies {      name,      producer   } `;Next, let's define a component called GetMovies that executes our getMovies query with the useQuery hook:function GetMovies() {   const { loading, error, data } = useQuery(MOVIES);   if (loading) return Loading...;   if (error) return Error :(;   return data.map(({ name, producer }) => (                   {name}: Produced by {producer}             )); }Whenever this component renders, the useQuery hook automatically executes our query and binds the results to the data property on successful completion of the query.Finally, you'll add GetMovies to our existing component tree:function App() {   return (           My first Apollo app             ); }When your app reloads, you should briefly see a loading indicator, followed by a list of Movies present in the MongoDB database.Congratulations. You just made a React app that uses GraphQL to render data from the server. Give yourself a pat on the back for this one.Dev-friendly Query Languages are the FutureSo, wrapping it all up in a few more lines. In this tutorial, you learned what GraphQL is - a new age Query Language that is data specific and client-oriented, how is it different (and better) than REST architecture - it is developer friendly, blazing-fast, and easy to learn or understand. We also made a mock API of Movies using GraphQL and MongoDB and performed the CRUD operations using just one single endpoint URL - another benefit over the RESTful architecture. And finally, you went on to create a React application that uses these benefits of GraphQL and combines them with the benefits of React to give a hyper-fast, easy, and full-stack app that renders Movies on request.We hope you learned something new from this article. Once you’ve started this journey of GraphQL, it is a fun ride ahead since it is a relatively new tech and not many people out there are having this skill under their hood. So, make use of this opportunity and outshine the rest.Keep Learning.
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How to use Timers in Node.js

You can use Node.js's utilities to schedule the execution of your code. The timer module, unlike most Node.js modules, is not imported. To comply with the JavaScript browser API, the methods are globally accessible.The Node.js Timers module contains several functions that allow you to execute a block of code or a function after a specified amount of time. You don't need to use require() to import the Timers module because it's global.In this post, I'll explain and demonstrate what timers are, how to use them, how the syntax looks, and how you can use them in your applications. For example, if you want to retrieve data from a REST API at a specific interval, you can easily do so with timers. So, even if you are unfamiliar with JavaScript or timers, this post will help you understand these concepts.The Event Loop - A Quick PrimerNode.js is a single-threaded, event-driven platform that can run non-blocking, asynchronous code. These Node.js features make it memory efficient. Even though JavaScript is single-threaded, the event loop enables Node.js to perform non-blocking I/O operations. It is accomplished by delegating tasks to the operating system whenever and wherever possible.Because most operating systems are multi-threaded, they can handle multiple operations that are running in the background. When one of these operations is finished, the kernel notifies Node.js, and the callback associated with that operation is added to the event queue, where it will eventually be executed.Features of Event Loop:An event loop is an infinite loop that waits for tasks, executes them, and then sleeps until more tasks are received.When the call stack is empty, i.e., there are no ongoing tasks, the event loop executes tasks from the event queue.We can use callbacks and promises in the event loop.The event loop executes the tasks in reverse order, beginning with the oldest.Example:console.log("One"); setTimeout(function(){ console.log("Two"); }, 1000); console.log("Three");Output:OneThreeTwoThe first console log statement is pushed to the call stack in the above example, and "One" is logged on the console before the task is popped from the stack. Following that, the setTimeout is added to the queue, the task is sent to the operating system, and the task's timer is set. After that, this task is removed from the stack. The third console log statement is then pushed to the call stack, "Three" is logged on the console, and the task is removed from the stack.Timers in JavaScriptA timer is used in JavaScript to execute a task or function at a specific time. The timer is essentially used to delay the execution of the program or to execute the JavaScript code at regular intervals. You can delay the execution of the code by using a timer. As a result, when an event occurs or a page loads, the code does not complete its execution at the same time.Advertisement banners on websites, which change every 2-3 seconds, are the best example of a timer. These advertising banners are rotated at regular intervals on websites such as Flipkart. To change them, you set a time interval.JavaScript provides two timer functions, setInterval() and setTimeout(), which help to delay code execution and allow one or more operations to be performed repeatedly.setTimeout():The setTimeout() function allows users to postpone the execution of code. The setTimeout() method accepts two parameters, one of which is a user-defined function, and the other is a time parameter to delay execution. The time parameter, which is optional to pass, stores the time in milliseconds (1 second = 1000 milliseconds).setInterval():The setInterval method is similar to the setTimeout() function in some ways. It repeats the specified function after a time interval. Alternatively, you can say that a function is executed repeatedly after a certain amount of time specified by the user in this function.Timers in Node.js - setTimeout()setTimeout() can be used to execute code after a specified number of milliseconds. This function is equivalent to window. setTimeout() from the browser JavaScript API, but no code string can be passed to be executed.setTimeout() takes a function to execute as the first argument and a millisecond delay defined as a number as the second. Additional arguments may be provided, and these will be passed to the function. As an example, consider the following:Using setTimeout()The timeout interval is not guaranteed to execute after that exact number of milliseconds. This is because any other code that blocks or holds onto the event loop will delay the execution of the timeout. The only guarantee is that the timeout will not be executed sooner than the timeout interval specified.setTimeout(function A() { return console.log('Hello World!'); }, 2000); console.log('Executed before A');clearTimeout():The clearTimeout() method deactivates a timer that was previously set with the setTimeout() method.The ID value returned by setTimeout() is passed to the clearTimeout() method as a parameter.Syntax:clearTimeout(id_of_settimeout)Example: function welcome () { console.log("Welcome to Knowledgehut!"); } var id1 = setTimeout(welcome,1000); var id2 = setInterval(welcome,1000); clearTimeout(id1);Timers in Node.js - setImmediate()To execute code at the end of the loop cycle, use the setImmediate() method. In layman's terms, this method divides tasks that take longer to complete, in order to run a callback function that is triggered by other operations such as events.Syntax:let immediateId = setImmediate(callbackFunction, [param1, param2, ...]); let immediateId = setImmediate(callbackFunction);The function to be executed will be the first argument to setImmediate(). When the function is executed, any additional arguments will be passed to it.Now consider the difference between setImmediate() and process. nextTick(), as well as when to use which.While processing, setImmediate() is executed in the Check handlers phase. process.nextTick() is called at the start of the event loop and at the end of each phase.process.nextTick() has higher priority than setImmediate():setImmediate(() => console.log('I run immediately')) process.nextTick(() => console.log('But I run before that'))Output:Using setImmediate()Multiple setImmediate functions are called in the following example. When you do this, the callback functions are queued for execution in the order in which they are created. After each event loop iteration, the entire callback queue is processed. If an immediate timer is queued from within an executing callback, it will not be triggered until the next iteration of the event loop.Example:setImmediate(function A() { setImmediate(function B() { console.log(1); setImmediate(function D() {   console.log(2); }); }); setImmediate(function C() { console.log(3); setImmediate(function E() {   console.log(4); }); }); }); console.log('Started');clearImmediate():The clearImmediate function is used to remove the function call that was scheduled by the setImmediate function. Both of these functions can be found in Node.js's Timers module.Example:console.log("Before the setImmediate call") let timerID = setImmediate(() => {console.log("Hello, World")}); console.log("After the setImmediate call") clearImmediate(timerID);Timers in Node.js - setInterval()This method, unlike setTimeout(), is used to execute code multiple times. For example, the company may send out weekly newsletters to its Edge as a Service customer. This is where the setInterval() method comes into play. It is an infinite loop that will continue to execute as long as it is not terminated (or halted).As the second argument, setInterval() accepts a function argument that will run an infinite number of times with a given millisecond delay. In the same way that setTimeout() accepts additional arguments beyond the delay, these will be passed on to the function call. The delay, like setTimeout(), cannot be guaranteed due to operations that may stay in the event loop and should thus be treated as an approximation.Syntax:let intervalId = setInterval(callbackFunction, [delay, argument1, argument2, ...]); //option 1 let intervalId = setInterval(callbackFunction[, delayDuration]); // option 2 let intervalId = setInterval(code, [delayDuration]); //option 3Using setInterval()Example:setInterval(function A() { return console.log('Hello World!'); }, 1000); // Executed right away console.log('Executed before A');setInterval(), like setTimeout() returns a Timeout object that can be used to reference and modify the interval that was set.In the above example, function A() will execute after every 1000 milliseconds.clearInterval():Example:var si = setInterval(function A() { return console.log("Hello World!"); }, 1000); setTimeout(function() { clearInterval(si); }, 4000);Using Timer.unref()The timer module is used to schedule functions that will be called later. Because it is a global API, there is no need to import (require("timers")) to use it.The Timeout Class contains an object (setTimeout()/setInterval()) that is created internally to schedule actions, and (clearTimeout()/clearInterval()) that can be passed to cancel those scheduled actions. When a timeout is set, the Node.js event loop will continue to run until clearTimeout() is called. The setTimeout() method returns timeout objects that can be used to control this default behaviour, and it exports both the timeout.ref() and timeout.unref() functions.timeout.ref():When the Timeout is active and (timeout.ref()) is called, it requests that the Node.js event loop not exit for an extended period of time. In any case, calling this Method multiple times has no effect.Syntax:timeout.ref()timeout.unref():When the Timeout is enabled, the Node.js event loop is not required to remain active. If any other activity keeps the event loop running, the Timeout object's callback is invoked after the process exits. In any case, calling this Method multiple times has no effect.Syntax:timeout.unref()Example:var Timeout = setTimeout(function alfa() { console.log("0.> Setting Timeout", 12); }); console.log("1 =>", Timeout.ref()); Timeout.unref() Timeout.ref() console.log("2 =>", Timeout.unref()); clearTimeout(Timeout); console.log("3 => Printing after clearing Timeout"); Output:Scheduling Made SimplerIn this tutorial, you learned how to schedule tasks with the Node.js timer module. You've seen how to set timeouts, interval timers for recurring tasks, and how to use set immediate to bypass long operations. You've also seen how to stop these operations using the clear() method for each method.As with learning anything new, practising what you learn will make a big difference to how easily you can perform these tasks. Share your thoughts and questions in the comments as you try out what you’ve learnt.
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