Bits Overview

In Bits, the philosophy is all about flexibility – it provides the Legos, plumbing and styles, while you control the layouts. Bits aims to provide high-quality, atomic building blocks, services and tools while allowing feature developers the ability to create whatever layouts they need.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, make sure your development environment includes the following:

  • Node.js®
  • A package manager such as npm
  • Angular CLI v11
  • Angular CDK v11 as a devDependency

Installing NodeJS and npm

To check your version, run node -v in a terminal/console window. To get Node.js (which comes with npm out of the box), go to nodejs.org.

Installing Angular CLI

The Angular CLI is a command-line interface tool that you can use to initialize, develop, scaffold and maintain Angular applications.

You may want to check first whether it's already installed by running the following command:

ng --version

If you want to install the latest Angular CLI globally, run the following command:

npm install -g @angular/cli@^11

Installing Angular CDK

Nova uses Angular CDK as part of its schematics functionality. To install it, you can run the following command:

npm install @angular/cdk@^11 --save-dev


Install Nova Bits

Using Angular CLI

In order to install bits in your project root using the CLI, run the following command:

ng add @nova-ui/bits

This will automatically perform most of the steps for you.

But, there's one additional step that needs to be done manually. Since bits uses @angular/localize for localization, this dependency needs to be imported in your app's polyfills.ts file. The easiest way to do this is to run the following command:

ng add @angular/localize

Using npm

Installation is quite simple using npm. Nui includes all of its dependencies as part of the final build such as Angular, RxJs and more.

$ npm install @nova-ui/bits



Module Usage

Adding Modules to Your Project

Once all dependencies and project files are downloaded, import any component modules you want to use to the appropriate Angular module in your project. The following example imports the NuiButtonModule to make the ButtonComponent available for use.

import { NuiButtonModule } from "@nova-ui/bits";

@NgModule({
    imports: [
        NuiButtonModule
    ]
})

Note that, before alpha.15, the forRoot() method was used and an optional argument in forRoot() could be used to configure the Bits environment. The current way to configure Bits is shown below:

import { LogLevel, NuiEnvironment } from "@nova-ui/bits";

export class OverriddenNuiEnv extends NuiEnvironment {
    public logLevel: LogLevel = LogLevel.debug; // your override
}

@NgModule({
    imports: [],
    providers: [{
        provide: NuiEnvironment,
        useClass: OverriddenNuiEnv,
    }],

The Nova modules you consume will search for the NuiEnvironment provider and use it; otherwise, they will use the default one. At the moment, only log levels can be configured this way.


Add root dependencies

In your root module, you need to add these imports:

imports: [
    BrowserModule,
    BrowserAnimationsModule,
    ...
]

and these providers:

providers: [
    {provide: TRANSLATIONS_FORMAT, useValue: "xlf"},
    {provide: MISSING_TRANSLATION_STRATEGY, useValue: MissingTranslationStrategy.Warning},
    {provide: TRANSLATIONS, useValue: ""},
    ...
]    

The TRANSLATIONS provider can be used to internationalize bits. Details can be found here.

Set root CSS class

To get some of the styles to display, you have to add the nui css class to the root html element:

<html class="nui">
    <!--rest of page-->
</html>

Styles

Configuration

To add styling for Bits, you need to modify angular.json corresponding to the targeted project with the following additions:

  1. Add the styles path to stylePreprocessorOptions.includePaths:
    "architect": {
     "build": {
       "builder": "@angular-devkit/build-angular:browser",
       "options": {
         "stylePreprocessorOptions": {
          "includePaths": [
               "./node_modules/@nova-ui/bits/sdk/less"
           ]
         },
         ...
      }
     }
    }
  2. Add the styles path to the source paths:
    "architect": {
    "build": {
       "options": {
           "styles": [
              "./node_modules/@nova-ui/bits/bundles/css/styles.css"
              ...
           ],
           ...
        }     
    }
    }

FYI - Bits does not use the Bootstrap component library nor does it include custom fonts.

Naming Convention

We recommend the BEM naming convention for your css/less variable names, but you're free to use whatever convention you prefer.

Typescript Compiler Options

Information about this can be found here.

Schematics

A schematic is a template-based code generator that supports complex logic. It is a set of instructions for transforming a software project by generating or modifying code. Schematics are part of the Angular ecosystem. Nova Bits offers the following schematics:

Filtered View

The Filtered View schematic provides the ability to create a generic filtered view that can cover many use cases for filtering a set of data. Its main responsibility is to integrate a filter group panel with a list or table view that displays the filtered data. More details can be found here To add a filtered view to your project, run the following command:

ng generate @nova-ui/bits:filtered-view --name=custom-name-for-filtered-view

Filtered Group

The Filtered Group schematic provides the ability to create a filtered group view. It depends heavily on the LocalFilteringDataSource service, so first and foremost please check out the documentation for it. This code can be generated using the following command:

ng generate @nova-ui/bits:filter-group --name=basic-filter-group --p=app

List

The List schematic provides the ability to create a generic list that can cover a majority of use cases for a list. Its main responsibility is to integrate the functionality of the nui-repeat component with other components commonly used with a list such as nui-select-v2, nui-search, nui-paginator and nui-sorter. This code can be generated using the following command:

ng g @nova-ui/bits:list --name=basic-list --p=app

What are Atoms?

Information about Atoms can be found here Bits atoms can be imported from here: @nova-ui/bits/sdk/atoms.

AoT Support

Nova Nui supports AoT. For a primer on AoT, you can go here or for a more detailed overview you can go here.



Additional Information

Supported browsers

Nova formally supports the following browsers. Support for IE11 has been dropped as of Nova v9.0.0.

  1. Chrome
  2. Firefox
  3. Edge
  4. Safari

Date pipe Safari issue

Using date pipe, string should be provided according to ISO format. Otherwise, put Moment object instead to avoid error in Safari browser. Follow this link for more details.

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