How to trigger a directive when updating a model in AngularJS?

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I found a good solution for inline editing content in angular js that is created by running ng-repeat on a model:

To expand on that solution I added a button to the page that has a ng-click directive as so:

<button ng-click="addCategory()" class="btn btn-large btn-primary" type="button">
<i class="icon-white icon-plus"></i> Add Category

The addCategory function is defined in my controller:

$scope.addCategory = function(){
    var newCategory = {id:0, name:"Category Name"};

The goal here is to allow the user to add a new record and automatically trigger the inline-edit directive once the view is updated with the new row. How can I trigger the inline-edit directive in such a manner?

How to solve :

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Method 1

One technique that i’ve used is to have a boolean change values and have a $watch on it inside the directive that needs to be triggered.

myApp.directive('myDirective', function () {
    return function (scope, element, attr) {
            scope.$watch('someValue', function (val) {
                if (val)
                    // allow edit
                    // hide edit

Then in your controller you’d set $scope.someValue = true; in your ng-click for the button.



I’ve gone a bit further with the above answer. I’ve made something more along the lines with what you’re after.

Here’s the plunk for it:

This is the new directive:

  .directive('editCar', function ($compile) {
      return {
        restrict: 'E',
        link: function (scope, element, attr) {
          var template = '<span class="car-edit">'+
          '<input type="text" ng-model="" />' +
          '<button ng-click="someValue = false" class="btn btn-primary">Save</button></span>';
          scope.$watch('someValue', function (val) {
              if (val) {

It replaces the <edit-car></edit-car> element with the above template. The save button adds the values to an array called editedCars. I’ve left in some dummy code for submitting the entire thing using $

Method 2

I have one possible solution for you: (I worked on the original plunk as you mentioned.)

My idea is

  1. Add “editMode” property to TODO model
  2. Instead of passing in just todo.title to directive’s scope, passing in the whole TODO object, which is inline-edit="todo" in index.html
  3. In inline-edit.html, change every editMode to model.editMode (and every model to model.title to display title correctly)
  4. In your controller’s add method, create new object with editMode = true, e.g.

    var newTodo = {id:0, name:"TODO Name", editMode: true};

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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