In a previous post, I described the steps I followed to create the layout for my 2D diagram editor. In this post, I'll describe the steps I followed to start working with AngularUI's Router.

The AngularUI Router

The AngularUI Router is a routing solution for AngularJS, that enables you to model (organise) your user interface as a state machine.

Let's add AngularUI's Router to the project:

bower install angular-ui-router --save

Here's what the updated dependencies section in the bower.json file contains:

"dependencies": {
  "angular": "~1.4.8",
  "angular-bootstrap": "~0.14.3",
  "bootstrap-css": "3.1.1",
  "angular-animate": "~1.4.8",
  "angular-ui-router": "~0.2.15"

We also need to update the module dependencies in the Application Module (app.js), use AngularUI Router's $stateProvider to define at least one state ('home') and use AngularUI Router's $urlRouterProvider to define a default route ('/'):

(function() {

  'use strict';
  angular.module('my-2d-diagram-editor', [
    configApp.$inject = ['$stateProvider', '$urlRouterProvider'];
    function configApp($stateProvider, $urlRouterProvider) {
        .state('home', {
          url: '/',
          templateUrl: 'app/main/main.html',
          controller: 'MainController'

Notice how we define a state by providing a name ('home') and populating a configuration object with keys & values for the state's url, templateUrl and controller name.

We also need to include angular-ui-router.js in our index.html file (in the /client folder):

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <body ng-app="my-2d-diagram-editor">
    <div ui-view></div>
    <script src="bower_components/angular/angular.js"></script>
    <script src="bower_components/angular-ui-router/release/angular-ui-router.js">
    <script src="app/app.js"></script>
    <script src="app/main/main-controller.js"></script>

Notice the ui-view directive, it tells Angular where to place our templates ('app/main/main.html').

Note: If you try to open index.html in a browser you will receive a XMLHttpRequest cannot load 'app/main/main.html' error, so I've updated the project's Gulp file (gulpfile.js) to include a Browsersync task:

gulp browser-sync

Now we have a layout that includes a header with dropdown menus, a sidebar and a content area:

What's Next

In the next post, we'll start working with Fabric.js.

Source Code: