Angular 1.5.7 Components ES6 and jspm


The purpose of the blog post and accompanying simple example project is to show you how to:

  • Create an ES6 Angular 1.5.7 super simple web application with navigation
  • Use Angular 1.5.7 Components
  • Use Angular Component Router  (not the constantly changing Angular 2 Router)
  • Bootstrap an ES6 Angular 1.5.7 application
  • Set up ES6 Angular 1.5.7 modules
  • Configure the Component Router
  • Provide a root component that hosts the entire application; providing a placeholder for the Component Router to navigate components into
  • Demonstrate writing super clean ES6 code that is 98% void of the word Angular.
  • Provides two Components that the app can navigate to.

This sounds like a lot, but it’s accomplish with only a few succinct ES6 files.


I’m a total fan of Angular 1.x and now Angular 1.5.x after watching Scott Alan’s Pluralsight Course on Building Components with Angular 1.5.

I’m a fanatic about authoring my JavaScript using ES2015 (ES6, Harmony) and using jspm as my package manager.  This combination of language and package management is so clean and simple.

Scott’s course uses ES5.  Probably a good decision as it keeps the concept count down for Angular 1.x developers who still use ES5.

I highly recommend you watch the course; in about 90 minutes you’ll be another convert to using Angular 1.5.x Components.

I have looked at both Aurelia and Angular 2.  They are both still in beta and undergoing API and tooling changes. I’m very keen on Aurelia and am looking forward to adopting this product in the future.  What I like most about Aurelia is that the team embraced convention over configuration which dramatically reduces the boiler maker code for common scenarios.  Maybe Angular 2 will one day refactor their API to do the same.


Authoring Angular 1.x or 1.5.x apps using ES6 with jspm is  simple and the code is very clean.  I have a project that demonstrates using Electron, Angular 1.x, ES6, and jspm. I will be creating a new project that uses Angular 1.5.7, Electron, ES6, and jspm very soon.

When using ES6 in today’s browsers or in Electron, the ES6 must be transpiled to ES5.  jspm hides all  that complexity and just does it for you. 

Gulp also has a module called gulp_jspm with an option, “selfExecutingBundle” that will essentially pre-compile, bundle, and minify all of your application’s ES6 to ES5.  Heck, it even removes all traces of ES6 libraries from the bundle.

Transpiling, bundling, and minification are part of “real world ES6 development.”  I just like that jspm makes this process simple and almost 100% transparent. 

Please note:  jspm is not the only game in town.  There are many other techniques, frameworks, build systems, etc., that accomplish the same task, producing the same end result.  When I did my study last year, I found that jspm worked best for me.  I recommend that you look at all the options and tools, read many blog posts on the subject just like I did. Then choose the one you understand and can be successful with.

Please note:  This application does not take any dependencies on the volatile and changing Angular 2 Beta.  The Component Router used in this project, is the original Angular 2 router and its works great.  I strongly recommend staying away from Angular 2 dependencies until the team has had time to ship RTM bits and ensure they have an approved, and good story for Angular 1.5.x integration.

Additionally, I have yet to see a compelling reason to write production code in Angular 2.  Like you, I have Angular 1.x projects in production and that run everyday and perform beautifully. 

Application Startup

Before you can run off and write the next awesome app using Angular 1.5.7 Components and ES6 we need to learn how the application starts up.  As you’ll see there are differences between the ES6 jspm code I’ll present and the current AngularJS 1.x ES5 apps you’re writing today.


  • Is loaded by the browser or Electron
  • Loads up system.js and config.js using script tags
  • The bootstrap.js module is imported.  The act of importing a module causes it to execute
  • Notice you don’t see any Angular framework markup as we will be manually bootstrapping Angular.

<!doctype html>

<html lang="en">
meta charset="utf-8">
meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

<title>Angular 1.5.7 Components ES6 jspm</title>
script src="src/jspm_packages/system.js"></script>
script src="src/config.js"></script>



  • framework dependencies are loaded
  • application ES6 modules are loaded
  • when the modules are all loaded and the document is ready, then bootstrap Angular
  • Notice how Angular is imported and provided a name, “AppModule”  I now have full access to my module and can access properties like, “name”
// load our framework modules
import angular from  'angular';
import 'ngcomponentrouter';

// load our application ES6 modules 
import AppModule from './app.module';
import './app-root.component';
import './About/app-about.component';
import './Home/app-home.component';

angular.element(document).ready(() => {
    // bootstrap angular now that all modules have been loaded
    angular.bootstrap(document, [], {strictDi: true});  


  • framework dependencies are imported so we can use them
  • Angular module named “app” is created and the Component Routers is injected as a dependency
  • Component Router root component is configured. Look back to index.html and you’ll see the app-root component in the markup
  • Export the Angular “app” module
import angular from  'angular';
import ngcomponentrouter from 'ngcomponentrouter';

let module = angular.module('app', [ngcomponentrouter]);

// must tell the Component Router which component to navigate components into
module.value('$routerRootComponent', 'appRoot');

export default module;


  • Import the above app.module default export, which is the angular.module(‘app’).  Consumers have clean code now.  Angular no longer appears in the code.
  • Register the ‘appRoot’ component with the AppModule and set its template.
  • Configure the root component router
  • Last line configures the default route
import AppModule from './app.module';

AppModule.component('appRoot', {
  templateUrl: '/src/app/app-root.component.html',
  $routeConfig: [
    { path: '/home', component: 'appHome', name: 'Home'},
    { path: '/about', component: 'appAbout', name: 'About'},
    { path: '/**', redirectTo: ['Home']}


  • This is my incredibly simple application root object.
  • It provides some navigation links for the Home and About components
  • The ng-outlet directive is where the Component Router will site components as they are navigated to.
<h1>Hello World</h1>

  <a href="#home">Home</a>
  <a href="#about">About</a>



  • Import the app.module
  • Register the ‘appHome’ component with the AppModule and set its template.
  • See how clean this code is?
import AppModule from '../app.module';

AppModule.component('appHome', {
  templateUrl: '/src/app/Home/app-home.component.html'


Make sure you have node.js and jspm installed globally.

You can download or clone the simple repro here:

After downloading or cloning, navigate to the folder and open a command prompt (terminal window for OS X or Linux) and execute:

npm install

npm start

Your browser will open and display the application.


You can start to see the simplicity of Angular 1.5.7 and ES6.  Clean JavaScript files, very easy to understand the intent of the code.  Fun programming!

Have fun and be productive with Angular 1.5.7 and ES6.

Hope this helps someone and have a great day.

Just a grain of sand on the worlds beaches.


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