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NgRx Store Explained

01 Dec

NgRx Store

ngRx Store is a library for Angular 2+, its function is almost like event bus where the store is a central storage for all events and whenever an event is added, the store emits an action. Whoever subscribe to the store‘s action will then get notified. Very similar to pub-sub pattern.

The purpose of ngRx Store is to simplify the state management, that sometime can be simple at first but, as the application grows, becomes unimaginably complicated.

Some example usage of ngRx Store that I can think right now are:

  • Forward execution. When an Angular application sends an API call to update, let’s say, employee data, it doesn’t need to call API anymore to query what the current employee data is. However, things get complicated when there’s a certain logic needs to be applied when updating employee data. For example, when the hire date is set to the future, the employee status will also need to be changed. ngRx Store can be used to manage the employee state so that it remains consistent at every part of the application.
  • Reduce extraneous props. Extraneous prop is when we have a deep component tree and have to pass object around to the leaf component. ngRx Store eliminates the need of passing the object around and just have the leaf component subscribe to the `store` to receive the action. A concrete example of this is notification counter. The counter is normally in its own component and every other event can increase the count. By using ngRx Store, we can avoid other components passing the count to the counter component.
  • Sort of the similar to extraneous props, we can have 2, or more, components that use the same data but display it differently. With ngRx Store, we can manage the state of the data in one place and all other components that use the data just subscribe to it.
  • Step-by-step, wizard-y workflow. Think of this like your tax filing software where it asks you questions and, depend on your answer, take you to different workflow. In Angular, each step the users take can use a separate component and ngRx Store can be used to maintain the state of the whole workflow process.

The problem that ngRx Store trying to solve is really similar to challenges that a large scale enterprise application faces, it just does it in a smaller scale, UI front-end in this case.

There’s definitely a lot more to this concept than what I cover here, but hopefully this gives you the gist of how it works at the high level. There are lots of resources online that cover this very topic.

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