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Share a Service Across Angular 2 Components and Modules

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Services are used to share data between components. They follow a module pattern that allows you to use the data throughout your application so that your data is consistent and in sync.

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Services are used to share data between components. They follow a module pattern that allows you to use the data throughout your application so that your data is consistent and in sync.


Why did you expose the module with the providers by the static forRoot method, instead of just declaring the providers in the @NgModule({})?

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I also would like to know why. I notice this question is from awhile ago, do they ever get around to explaining it?

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lack of explanation. talk about concepts that hasn't been covered yet.
i dont know if this lecture worth money.

To illustrate the difference between smart components and presentation components, first we need to make a service, so let's go ahead and create a services directory /simple.service.ts. This service is injectable.

We export class SimpleService, and this will have a message saying Hello from the Simple Service.


import {Injectable} from "@angular/core";
export class SimpleService{
  message = `Hello from the Simple Service!`

To share this service across modules, we create a ServicesModule. We'll just call it services.module.ts, and this is NgModule as well.

Since we're going to share these services across our entire application, we don't really need to declare anything in here. We're going to export a class called ServicesModule.


import {NgModule} from "@angular/core";
export class ServicesModule{}

Have a static method on it called forRoot(), which returns an object, and on that object, we'll say the NgModule is going to be ServicesModule, and the providers are going to be SimpleService.


import {NgModule} from "@angular/core";
export class ServicesModule{
  static forRoot(){
    return {
      ngModule: ServicesModule,
      providers: [SimpleService]

This is going to help it so that the same instance of simple services used throughout the application, so that in my AppModule, when I import my ServicesModule, I'm actually going to say forRoot and invoke that static method off of it.


import {BrowserModule} from "@angular/platform-browser";
import {AppComponent} from "./app.component";
import {NgModule} from "@angular/core";
import {HomeModule} from "./home/home.module";
import {ServicesModule} from "./services/services.module";
    imports:[BrowserModule, HomeModule, ServicesModule.forRoot()],
export class AppModule{}

That way, instead of giving me the configuration that usually comes from here, I'm actually giving this object, which has an ngModule pointing to itself, and then listing the providers in here so it gives us that same SimpleService throughout the application.

Now because that's configured an AppModule, that service is actually available inside of all of our components.

So if I go into HomeComponent, I can use the dependency injection syntax to inject, I'll say private simpleService, and SimpleService, and you'll see that the export here automatically, the one the WebStorm picked up was from simple.service.


import {Component} from "@angular/core";
import {SimpleService} from "../services/simple.service"
@Component({ ... })
Export class HomeComponent{
  constructor(private simpleService:SimpleService){}

A good practice here is actually in your ServiceModule to export all of the things that you import and want to use inside of this module.


import {NgModule} from "@angular/core";
import {SimpleService} from "./simple.service"

export class ServicesModule{ ... }

export {

That way, in your components, I can import this from the ServicesModule.

I'll still get the same thing, but inside of the ServicesModule, it's going to allow me to refactor and change things here, as long as I still export something called SimpleService.

I can change as much as I want underneath the hood of this entire module. So this module is kind of a wrapper around this directory, and then re-export everything from this module.

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