I am working on angularjs, and I have created some directives with bunch of HTML elements within its templates. I have assigned a controller for those directives. Below is my code snippet:

    return {
        restrict : "AE",
        link : function(scope,element,attr)
            var lbutton = element.find("span[class='lb-lk-comm']");
            var dlbutton = element.find("span[class='lb-dlk-comm']");
            if(lbutton && dlbutton)
        controller : "MyController"

In the above code, I have used a link function of bind the click event on required elements.
Another approach I could have followed to use the ngClick directive directly over the elements, but that is sort of exposing method to client end.

My question is, am I following a good approach by binding click event ? or should I use ngClick ?

I am using angular.bootstrap(document,"myApp"); to bootstrap the angular module to document, so I was wondering if I could have similar thing to dynamically bind those events (click, hover, change etc) to my HTML elements, without exposing them to HTML pages.


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I think you did the right thing, if you used ngClick you would loose tooling: syntax highlighting, debugging, linting.

Other than that your code looks good, some minor nitpickings:

  • a single comma separate var statement is considered better:

    var lbutton = element.find("span[class='lb-lk-comm']"),
        dlbutton = element.find("span[class='lb-dlk-comm']");
  • You keep repeating "lb-voted-comm", you should use a constant for it.

  • I only understood after reading likeACtion/dislikeAction that lbutton/dbutton stand for likeButton, dislikeButton ( I thought it was left button, double click button or something ), you should spell out those variables names.
  • \$\begingroup\$ its lbutton for like button and dlbutton for dislike, its nothing just a span as I have mentioned. \$\endgroup\$
    – AGupta
    Mar 10, 2014 at 15:26
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ @Aman I understand, if you actually called the variables likeButton and dislikeButton, then the code would be of higher quality/readability \$\endgroup\$
    – konijn
    Mar 10, 2014 at 15:29

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