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ngMocks.reveal

There are ng-container and ng-template besides normal html elements in Angular.

But, the problem is that ngMocks.find and ngMocks.findAll, which use debugElement.query and debugElement.queryAll, can find neither ng-container nor ng-template.

However, a wish to assert on the content of a ng-container never leaves the head. Likewise, a wish to get a ng-template and to render it with a custom context, just because it is a test.

Here we go! ngMocks.reveal has been made for that. It is like ngMocks.find and ngMocks.findAll, but its queries are based on Angular declarations instead of css and html.

Now, if we had a template like that:

<div>  <ng-container tpl="header">    <div>header</div>  </ng-container>  <ng-container tpl="footer">    <div>footer</div>  </ng-container></div>

We can extract exactly what we wanted:

const header = ngMocks.reveal(['tpl', 'header']);const footer = ngMocks.reveal(['tpl', 'footer']);
ngMocks.formatHtml(header);// returns// <div>header</div>
ngMocks.formatHtml(footer);// returns// <div>footer</div>

Not found value#

By default, ngMocks.reveal throws an error if the desired element cannot be found, but it can be changed via providing an additional parameter after the desired selector, if the desired element cannot be found, then the provided value is returned.

const el = ngMocks.reveal('never-possible', undefined);// el === undefined;
ngMocks.reveal('never-possible');// throws

Narrowing context#

ngMocks.reveal supports ComponentFixture, DebugElements, DebugNodes and selectors which are supported by ngMocks.find. If none has been provided, then the latest known fixture is used.

In a template like:

<input appInput><app-form>  <input appInput></app-form><input appInput>

We can query elements like that:

// searches in the latest fixtureconst input1El = ngMocks.reveal(['appInput']);
// searches in the provided fixtureconst formEl = ngMocks.reveal(fixture, 'app-form');
// searches inside of formElconst input2El = ngMocks.reveal(formEl, ['appInput']);
// searches inside of app-formconst input3El = ngMocks.reveal('app-form', ['appInput']);
important

If you use css selectors to narrow context, then please pay attention that the first parameter is a css selector, whereas the second one is a special selector for this helper. Although they look the same.

Query by declaration#

Returns an element which belongs to a component or directive.

In a template like:

<app-form>  <input appInput></app-form>

We can get the form and the input like that:

const appFormEl = ngMocks.reveal(AppFormComponent);const inputEl = ngMocks.reveal(AppInputDirective);

Query by nodeName#

Returns an element which belongs to a component or a directive which selectors include the desired value.

In a template like:

<app-form>  <input appInput></app-form>

We can get the form and the input like that:

const appFormEl = ngMocks.reveal('app-form');// works only if the selector of AppFormComponent// includes 'app-form' 
const inputEl = ngMocks.reveal('input');// works only if the selector of AppInputDirective// includes 'input'

Query by attribute#

Returns an element which belongs to a component or a directive which selectors or inputs include the desired value.

Pay attention to a tuple structure.

In a template like:

<app-form [value]="value">  <input appInput></app-form>

We can get the form and the input like that:

const appFormEl = ngMocks.reveal(['value']);
const inputEl = ngMocks.reveal(['appInput']);

Query by attribute and its value#

Time to time, we want to distinguish elements by a provided value. Then a tuple with the desired value should be used.

In a template like:

<ng-template tpl="header">footer</ng-template><ng-template tpl="footer">footer</ng-template>

We can get both of the templates like:

const header = ngMocks.reveal(['tpl', 'header']);const footer = ngMocks.reveal(['tpl', 'footer']);

Query by id#

Also we can query by ids. Simply prefix the desired id with #.

In a template like:

<app-form #form>  <input #input></app-form>

We can get the form and the input like that:

const appFormEl = ngMocks.reveal('#form');
const inputEl = ngMocks.reveal('#input');