Your first component - part 1: the view model

A view-model is where your business logic will live for your components. Follow along as you create your first view-model.

Aurelia as a default convention works on the premise of a view and view-model, both of which are tied together. The view-model is where your business logic lives and, if you have ever worked with .NET before (or other frameworks), you might refer to this as the controller.

Navigate to the src directory where your application code lives and open up the my-app(.ts/.js file. This is the main entry point for the application and this file is where business logic would live. As you can see, there is not a lot going on at the moment.

export class MyApp {
  message = 'Hello World!';

The class property message contains a string and within our view, we are displaying it using interpolation.

<div class="message">${message}</div>

We are now going to create a new component which will be a smarter hello component. Inside of src create a new file called hello-name and use the appropriate file extension depending on whether you are using TypeScript or not. So, hello-name.ts or hello-name.js.

export class HelloName {
  name = 'Person';

Notice how our new component doesn't look much different than the generated one? That's intentional. We are going to bind to this name property using two-way binding from within our view. We don't need any callback functions to update this value either.

Nice one! You just created a custom element view-model. It might not look like much, but you just learned a very core fundamental concept of building Aurelia applications. A view-model can be as simple and complex as you want it to be.

In the next chapter, we will hook this up with our view and allow a text input to change this value.

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