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Angular2 Recursive Templates In Javascript

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I have been trying to follow this tutorial to create a nested tree view. The tutorial is in typescript while I am trying to do a similar thing in javascript with Angular2.

In the typescript code, the tree-view component looks like so:

import {Component, Input} from 'angular2/core'; 
import {Directory} from './directory'; 
@Component({
    selector: 'tree-view',
    templateUrl: './components/tree-view/tree-view.html',
    directives: [TreeView] 
}) 
export class TreeView {
    @Input() directories: Array<Directory>; 
}

In javascript that should convert to:

TreeView = ng.core
  .Component({
    selector: 'tree-view',
    templateUrl: './components/tree-view/tree-view.html',
    directives: [TreeView],
    inputs: ['directory'],
  })
  .Class({
    constructor: function() {
    },
  });

However, javascript throws the following error:

EXCEPTION: Unexpected directive value 'undefined' on the View of component 'function () {'

I believe it's because I'm calling directives: [TreeView] before TreeView has been fully defined. If I remove that directive line, the error goes away. However, I don't know why it would work in typescript and not javascript if typescript simply compiles to javascript. This is the compiled javascript from the typescript code. I'm not sure what I'm missing. Any help would be super appreciated.

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Answer

This question has been answered a few times

First of all classes are not hoisted. Quoting from MDN

An important difference between function declarations and class declarations is that function declarations are hoisted and class declarations are not. You first need to declare your class and then access it [...]

The documentation for forwardRef says

For instance, forwardRef is used when the token which we need to refer to for the purposes of DI is declared, but not yet defined. It is also used when the token which we use when creating a query is not yet defined.

So it's as easy as adding forwardRef to your code

directives : [ng.core.forwardRef(function() { return TreeView; })]

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source: stackoverflow.com
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