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Will the ternary operator be executed on every digest?

Tom Published in 2017-11-13 13:13:08Z

If I use the ternary operator in my Angular.js view will it be executed on every digest(like functions) or only if the variables necessary for the decision are changed?


<div>{{ui.isTrue ? "foo" : "bar"}}</div>


<div ng-bind="ui.isTrue ? 'foo' : 'bar'"></div>

Would it be executed on every digest or only when is ui.IsTrue changed?

chŝdk Reply to 2017-11-13 13:41:17Z

In AngularJS, every expression including the ternary operator will be executed:

  • First when the page is loaded.
  • And whenever the ui.isTrue variable is changed in the angular app scope.

If you take a look at angular scope documentation and specifically Scope as Data-Model section, you will see that:

Scope is the glue between application controller and the view. During the template linking phase the directives set up $watch expressions on the scope.

The $watch allows the directives to be notified of property changes, which allows the directive to render the updated value to the DOM.

So the view will be always notified when a property in the scope changes, so the ternary expression will be automatically evaluated.

user2486 Reply to 2017-11-13 15:56:53Z

Here is example what you are looking, and yes it will be executed on every digest

var app = angular.module('myApp', []);
app.controller('MyController', ['$scope', MyController]);
function MyController($scope) {
	$scope.isTrue = true;
    setInterval(function() {
      $scope.isTrue = !$scope.isTrue;
  }, 1000);
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/angular.js/1.3.14/angular.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.3/jquery.min.js"></script>

<div ng-app="myApp" ng-controller='MyController'>
    <div>{{isTrue ? "foo" : "bar"}}</div>

Read about Digest

Tom Reply to 2017-11-17 11:06:48Z

I made a fiddle to test this myself.



<div ng-controller="MyCtrl">    
    {{bool ? ternaryTrue() : ternaryFalse() }}<br/>

    <button ng-click="bool = !bool">Toggle Bool</button>
    <div style="background-color:red" ng-mouseover="hover()">
        Hover here to trigger digest


var myApp = angular.module('myApp',[]);
function MyCtrl($scope) {    
    $scope.bool = true; 
    $scope.a = 0;
    $scope.ternaryTrue = function(){
        console.log("ternary executed on true");   
    $scope.ternaryFalse = function(){
        $scope.a++; //creates an infinite digest loop
        console.log("ternary executed on false");   
    $scope.hover = function(){

The result is that the ternary operator is executed on EVERY digest.

Edit: An infinite digest loop can easily be created with this. As soon as something in the $scope will be changed during the function which is called by the ternary operator another digest will be started wich executes the function of the ternary operator again etc.

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