Building shopping cart using angular8

Hi everybody!

This is my first 2020 post!
In this post i decided to show you how quickly you can build a shopping cart app using latest Angular8 and using as less code as possible...
I will touch some interesting (at my point of view) consepts during this tutorial, like:

  1. Importace of plannig
  2. Which IDE is better
  3. One way data flow phylosophy
  4. Grid CSS
  5. reduce by example
So, lets start!


Of course before starting actually coding you need to have a clear picture in your mind of: how exactly the thing you want to build should look and how it should behave. Better way is to take a pencil and paper and draw a quick sketch. So here a wireframe i have drawn:

as you can see - the design consist of two columns: left one is product list and the right column - is the shopping cart itself.
  • Pressing on each one of product`s 'plus' button - will make the product appear inside shopping cart.
  • Each product instance at shopping cart has a "quantity" field where you can see how much units of this product is ordered, you can increase/decrease units number by pressing "up" or "down" arrows (you can as well press 'plus' button at some product at "product list" one more time to increase the units number)
  • If number of units is 0 - the product should no more appear in the shopping cart.

Starting to Code (Or, more correctly - where i start to coding)

For this post i will not use any traditional IDE like webstorm or vscode. Instead i will use online stackblitz editor.
Why? you may ask

  • Because you dont need to download & install anything on your machine
  • Because you dont need to wait until dependencies installed(at least at my comp the installing deps is more more slower then in stackblitz)
  • Because the future is to have all you need online (and we want to be a future guys, are we?)
  • Because it is how i will place a running demo in this post
Anougth reasons?

Start coding already!!!

Ok, lets start a new angular Project.

Now you have an Angular8 project in less than a second. Pretty fast, right?
(Try to do it using ng new my-project and see how much time is takes...)
Here we have already a "hello" component, lets rename it to ProductListComponent
Remember to Modify the code of app.module.ts file accordingly:

import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
// replace "hello"
import { ProductListComponent } from './product-list.component';

  imports:      [ BrowserModule, FormsModule ],
  declarations: [ AppComponent, ProductListComponent/*also here*/ ],
  bootstrap:    [ AppComponent ]
export class AppModule { }

Lets now go to ProductList component code and do some modifications:
1. rename the "name" input by "products"
2. change "selector" property to "product-list"
3. change markup at app.component.html to use "product-list" instead of "hello"

import { Component, Input } from '@angular/core';
  selector: 'product-list',
  template: `
  <h1>Products List</h1>
  <div *ngFor="let product of products">{{product.name}}<div>
  styles: [`:host{border: 1px solid #000;}`]
export class ProductListComponent  {
  @Input() products: any[];

Now go to app.component.ts and lets create two public properties:
lists: productList and cartPorductList:

export class AppComponent  {
 productList = [
   {name: 'Z900', price: 8799},
   {name: 'shubert helmet', price: 999},
   {name: 'sport gloves', price: 99}
 cartProductList = [];

Low lets bind our newly baked ProductListComponent to show the products (at app.component.html):

 <product-list [products]="productList"></product-list>

by now the "output" screen of stackblitz editor (which you dont have in any not-online IDEs) should look like this:

Shopping Cart

In a same way we have created "PorductList" component - we will create now a "ShoppingCart" component. Just copy the "product-list.component.ts" and modify it accordingly:

  selector: 'shopping-cart',
  template: `
   <h1>Shopping Cart</h1>
  <div *ngFor="let product of products">{{product.name}}<div>
  styles: [`:host{border: 1px solid #000;}`]
export class ShoppingCartComponent  {
  @Input() products: any[];

Note, the code is almost the same, the same "products" input, only names changed...
(Dont forget to register this component at app.module file too!)

Side By Side

Now we should make both - ShoppingCart and ProductList components to located side by side at parent (AppComponent) template.
There is a lot of various ways to implement this layout, and i will choose what i consider a most advanced and convenient way - the css-grid of CSS3 layout system:
Just place the following css code in app.component.css file and you done:

:host {
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: 1fr 1fr;
  grid-column-gap: 10px;

You not have to add anything to child component styles and layout should look now like this:
If you new to grid-css feel free to read more here about grid-css techniques

Product Component

We may place the name price and "+" button at ProductList component template as well, but, i think - it will be more readble to place the markup and the logic into its own encapsulated component - the ProductComponent.
Lets create and register it again the same way we did with previous two components:

import { Component, Input } from '@angular/core';

  selector: 'product',
  template: `
  styles: [`:host{border: 1px solid blue;}]`]
export class ProductComponent  {
  @Input() product: any;
// also lets modify the template of parent "ProductList" to use "product"
 <poduct *ngFor="let product of products" [product]="product">
Now, remember the nice sketch i have show you at the begining?(i guess - you remember...)
Now look at the output...
What a mess!!!
But, lets use the same grid-css trick here! (just copy from app.component.css, paste to product.component.ts at "styles" section) and change the second "1fr" to "auto":

:host {
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: 1fr auto;// change the second "1fr" to "auto"
  grid-column-gap: 10px;
div:nth-child(1) {font-weight: bold;}

And look: the things magically jumped right into their places!
Note that even "price" section moved to the bottom row because "1fr 1fr" means - the first 2 elements should caught all the available space at the row, and the next elements will be pushed to the next lower row, cool huh? css-grid rules!!!
One lust little thing:
Lets prettify the way the price displayed using cool "toLocaleString" es6 feature:

  <div>{{product.price.toLocaleString('en-US', {style: 'currency', currency: 'USD'})}}</div>
Now look at the improvements:
Much much better!

One way data flow

Lets talk a little bit about architecture. Currently our component structure is a tree, where "app" component uses as a root of the tree, its children is products and shopping cart and each of them should have its own children:

Currently the data is passed from parent to its children and grandchildren(as the red arrows show). Now the logic of '+' button should add products to "shoppingCartList" array which is property of its grandfather
(app component) - and i decided it will implement the same one-way data flow, only to the opposite direction(child -> parent -> grandparent).
We will use for this the Output & EventEmitter features of angular:
Lets add following code to product component

export class ProductComponent  {
  @Input() product: any;
  @Output() productAdded = new EventEmitter();
  addProductToCart(product) {
// Also lets modify the template of product component by adding the clickHandler:
  <div>{{product.name}}</div><button (click)="addProductToCart(product)">+</button>
In the same way we need to add "addProductToCart" method, "productAdded" output and set its value with EventEmitter also to ProductList component (it will use now something like proxy between child Product and parent App components)

export class ProductListComponent  {
  @Input() products: any[];
  @Output() productAdded = new EventEmitter();
  addProductToCart(product) {
// also update template:
  <product *ngFor="let product of products" [product]="product" (productAdded)="addProductToCart($event)"></product>
Now, the App component will be able to respond to "productAdded" event:

 addProductToCart(product) {
// template:
<product-list (productAdded)="addProductToCart($event)" [products]="productList"></product-list>
We can see now products updated at ShoppingCart component:
We pretty close now to our final goal...

How about use Service?

Yes, it is good you asked. Actually, angular gives you ability to make data accessible to all level of components by using services. This is alternative architectural approach, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages.
One of advantages of one-way-flow is - that is very clear who triggers the change detection (a mechanism which responses to data changes), Also - if we would use services - how would i blabber about one-way-flow to you?

Good exmple for usage of "reduce" array method

Shopping Cart list is different from a product list, because same product may be added multiple times, but it should be displayed only once, and display the quantity of items (times '+' button clicked)
Thus: we must change a logic of "addProductToCard" method of AppComponent:
Istead just pushing product to "shoppingCartList" we will push it only if product NOT exists there yet
If product already exsit we will update "num" field of this product:

 addProductToCart(product) {
   const productExistInCart = this.cartProductList.find(({name}) => name === product.name); // find product by name
   if (!productExistInCart) {
     this.cartProductList.push({...product, num:1}); // enhance "porduct" opject with "num" property
   productExistInCart.num += 1;
but now we must change the ShoppingChart component header, so it will correctly display the total products number of order. For this we will use "reduce" method of array:

<h1>Shopping Cart ({{total()}})</h1>
// code
export class ShoppingCartComponent  {
  @Input() products: any[];
  total() {
    return this.products.reduce((acc, prod) => acc+= prod.num ,0)

CartProduct Component

Lets quickly create the cartPorductComponent - it is almost similar to productComponent in its basics (its has 'product' Input too).

export class CartProductComponent  {
  @Input() product: any;
The main difference here is "quantity" input. Here is there the interesting things begin.
First: lets bind it to 'num' property of 'cartProduct' object, we will use angular [(ngModel)] directive

   <div *ngIf="product">
     <input type="number" [(ngModel)]="product.num" min="0"/>
Lets try to add some product from the list and see what we get:
Click the "Up" and "down" buttons and see that "total" quantity get updated
Very close to finish.
Now for the last step:
What should happen when quantity is reduced to zero?
Right, product should removed from "cart".
Lets add "ngModelChange" directive to "quantity" input :

<input type="number" [(ngModel)]="product.num" min="0" (ngModelChange)="modelChanged($event)"/>
and "modelChanged" handler at cart-product component

  modelChanged($event) {
    if (this.product.num === 0) {
Because of "one-way-data-flow" architecture we using here, we must update parent components as well:

  @Input() products: any[];
  @Output() productRemoved = new EventEmitter();
  calcTotal() {
    return this.products.reduce((acc, prod) => acc+= prod.num ,0)
  removeProduct(product) {
And finally, at app.component - the remove-from-cart logic:

  removeProduct(product) {
   this.cartProductList = this.cartProductList.filter(({name}) => name !== product.name)
Now when reducing product quantity to 0 makes product to be removed from the cart.

Full Code


Building MonthPicker With React Hooks - Part 3


Hi guys, thanks for following my blog. This post is third part of: "Building monthpicker using nothing but react hooks" series. It is better for you to have a look on previous two parts (if you didnt do it before)

Year navigation

Now for final functionalities - like navigating between years in dropdown header

   const [year, setYear] = useState((new Date()).getFullYear());

   const incYear = e => {
      setYear(year + 1);

   const decYear = e => {
      setYear(year - 1);

Pressing the two ">" shaped buttons at dropdown header - will move you to prevous or next year.

One last thing - (without it the target cannot consider accomplished) is "monthClick" hadler. the month should change when some of "months" clicked. This could be easily achieved by attaching proper handler to each button:

   const monthClick = (e, idx) => {
      const currmonth = `0${idx+1}`.slice(-2);
That it, you can view this codesandbox to see the whole code:


Building MonthPicker With React Hooks - Part 2

Outside Click Behavior

It is common feature for a menus - to be closed when user clicks somewhere else (outside the dropdown panel). To achileve this functionality - we can use this custom hook

import { useEffect } from "react";

function UseOuterClickNotifier(onOuterClick, innerRef) {
      () => {
        // only add listener, if the element exists
        if (innerRef.current) {
          document.addEventListener("click", handleClick);
        // unmount previous first in case inputs have changed
        return () => document.removeEventListener("click", handleClick);
        function handleClick(e) {
          innerRef.current && !innerRef.current.contains(e.target) && onOuterClick(e);
      [onOuterClick, innerRef] // invoke again, if inputs have changed

export default UseOuterClickNotifier;

So now , our month menu opens when clickinh inside input and closes when clicking outside

      e => setShown(false),

Displaying Months

Now - to the main purpose of the our widget: the displaying months:

   const months = ['Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Spr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec'];

   {shown && <div className="month-menu-dropdown">
      <div className="top-arrow"></div>
      <button onClick={decYear}>></button>
      <div className="year-holder">{year}</div>
      <button onClick={incYear}><</button>
     {months.map((month, index) => (<button key={month} onClick={e => monthClick(e, index)}>{month}</button>))}

to get the buttons ordered at 3 columns and 4 rows, i will use grid-css feature:

.month-menu-dropdown {
    position: absolute;
    right: 0;
    top: 59px;
    min-width: 170px;
    display: grid;
    grid-template-columns: repeat(3, 1fr);
    column-gap: 2px;
    row-gap: 5px;
    z-index: 3;
    background: #fff;
    border: 1px solid var(--text-color);
    border-radius: 2px;
    border: 1px solid grey;
    padding: 5px 0;

Building shopping cart using angular8

Hi everybody! This is my first 2020 post! In this post i decided to show you how quickly you can build a shopping cart app using latest An...