I wanted a really simple view in AngularJS, that would allow me to edit the data in a database table.

The view should show a grid containing a row for each record in the database.

Each record should show textboxes (html inputs) for all columns in the database, except the “Id” column.

In this way I could edit all data in a database table.


Here’s the end result:




When the user clicks on the “save” button, the data is persisted to the database.






I decided to use Breeze.js for the data interaction.

The main trick I used to automatically data bind the Breeze.js entity data properties (fields) to the UI in AngularJS, is getting the names of the entity data properties (database table column names) from the metadata and then using a ng-repeat to loop over the table records and within this ng-repeat an other ng-repeat to loop over de Breeze entity data properties.


Getting table column names with Breeze (part of the client side code):

var entityMetaData = manager.metadataStore.getEntityType(“Employee”);

vm.entityFields = entityMetaData.dataProperties;

Automatically data bind, Breeze entity data properties (part of the client side code):

<tbody> <tr ng-repeat="entity in vm.entities"> <td ng-repeat='(key, prop) in vm.entityFields'>
<input ng-disabled="{{vm.isReadOnlyField(prop.name)}}" type='text' ng-model='entity[prop.name]'>
td> </tr> </tbody>

Client side code

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html data-ng-app="app">
    <title data-ng-bind="title">Research page</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge, chrome=1" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, minimum-scale=1, 
user-scalable=no" />
<!-- Libraries --> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../../Libraries/Toastr/toastr.min.css" /> <!-- App --> <style> /* Resets */ html, body, div, span, object, iframe, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre, abbr, address, cite, code, del, dfn, em, img, ins, kbd, q, samp, small, strong, sub, sup, var, b, i, dl, dt, dd, ol, ul, li, fieldset, form, label, legend, table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead,
tr, th, td, article, aside, canvas, details, figcaption, figure, footer, header, hgroup, menu, nav,
section, summary, time, mark, audio, video { border: 0; /* Prevent unnecessary white space. */ -moz-box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; /* Padding, margin and borders are within the width and height of the element. */ margin: 0; /* Prevent unnecessary white space. */ outline: 0; /* Prevent unnecessary white space. */ padding: 0; /* Prevent unnecessary white space. */ font-size: 100%; vertical-align: baseline; } html, body { height: 100%; /* Full screen single page app. */ max-height: 100%; /* Full screen single page app. */ } body { padding: 20px; } a { cursor: pointer; } a.spa-action-link { color: #428bca; text-decoration: none; } a.spa-action-link:hover, a.spa-action-link:focus { color: #2a6496; text-decoration: underline; } div.spa-page { border: 1px solid rgb(212, 212, 212); height: 100%; /* Full screen single page app. */ max-height: 100%; /* Full screen single page app. */ padding: 20px; position: relative; } div.spa-page > a { margin-bottom: 10px; } </style> </head> <body> <div class="spa-page" data-ng-controller="admin as vm"> <a class="spa-action-link" ng-click="vm.save()">save</a> <table> <thead> <tr> <th ng-repeat='(key, prop) in vm.entityFields'>{{ prop.name }}</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr ng-repeat="entity in vm.entities"> <td ng-repeat='(key, prop) in vm.entityFields'>
input ng-disabled="{{vm.isReadOnlyField(prop.name)}}"
td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <!-- Libraries --> <script type="text/javascript" src="../../Libraries/Angular/angular.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="../../Libraries/Breeze/breeze.debug.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="../../Libraries/Breeze/breeze.angular.js"></script> <!-- Add toastr which needs jQuery (Breeze does not need jQuery) --> <script type="text/javascript" src="../../Libraries/jQuery/jquery-2.1.1.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="../../Libraries/Toastr/toastr.js"></script>
<!-- Add breeze.savequeuing which needs Q (Breeze does not need Q)-->
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../Libraries/Q/q.min.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="../../Libraries/Breeze/breeze.savequeuing.js"></script> <!-- App --> <script type="text/javascript"> // Use namespaces to prevent pollution of the global namespace. var spa = spa || {}; spa.controllers = spa.controllers || {}; // Angular module [app]. spa.app = (function () { 'use strict'; var app = angular.module('app', [ 'breeze.angular' // The breeze service module. ]); })(); // Angular controller [admin]. spa.controllers.admin = (function () { 'use strict'; var controllerId = 'admin'; angular.module('app').controller(controllerId, ['breeze', admin]); function admin(breeze) { var manager = null; var entityTypeName = "Employee"; var vm = this; vm.entities = []; vm.entityFields = null; vm.isReadOnlyField = function (name) { // Make 'id' fields read-only. return (name === 'id'); }; vm.save = function () { manager.saveChanges().then(showInfo).catch(showError); }; function initialize() { // Use camel case for entity properties. breeze.NamingConvention.camelCase.setAsDefault(); // Configure and create EntityManager.
// The first breeze is part of the routing, second breeze is the name of the Web Api
// controller).
manager = new breeze.EntityManager('/breeze/breeze'); manager.enableSaveQueuing(true); // Get entities from the server. var query = new breeze.EntityQuery().from(entityTypeName); manager.executeQuery(query).then(handleRefresh).catch(showError); } function handleRefresh(data) { // Get entity fields from metadata. var entityMetaData = manager.metadataStore.getEntityType(entityTypeName); vm.entityFields = entityMetaData.dataProperties; // Show the enties from the server. vm.entities = data.results; } function showError(e) { // Show xhr error. toastr.error(e); } function showInfo() { // Show info message. toastr.info(entityTypeName + " saved!"); } initialize(); } })(); </script> </body> </html>


Sever side code



namespace Research.UI.Web.Server.Model
    public class Employee
        public int Id { get; set; }
        public string FirstName { get; set; }
        public string LastName { get; set; }
        public string PhoneNumber { get; set; }


namespace Research.UI.Web.Server.Model
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Data.Entity;

    public class ResearchDbContext : DbContext
        public DbSet<Employee> Employees { get; set; }


using System.Web.Http;

[assembly: WebActivator.PreApplicationStartMethod(
    typeof(Research.UI.Web.App_Start.BreezeWebApiConfig), "RegisterBreezePreStart")]
namespace Research.UI.Web.App_Start {
  /// Inserts the Breeze Web API controller route at the front of all Web API routes
  /// This class is discovered and run during startup; see
  /// http://blogs.msdn.com/b/davidebb/archive/2010/10/11/light-up-your-nupacks-with-startup-code-and-webactivator.aspx
  public static class BreezeWebApiConfig {

    public static void RegisterBreezePreStart() {
          name: "BreezeApi",
          routeTemplate: "breeze{controller}/{action}"



namespace Research.UI.Web.Server.Controllers
    using Breeze.ContextProvider;
    using Breeze.ContextProvider.EF6;
    using Breeze.WebApi2;
    using Newtonsoft.Json.Linq;
    using Research.UI.Web.Server.Components;
    using Research.UI.Web.Server.Model;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Web.Http;

    public class BreezeController : ApiController
        private readonly EFContextProvider<ResearchDbContext> _contextProvider;
        public BreezeController(): this(null)

        public BreezeController(EFContextProvider<ResearchDbContext> contextProvider)
            _contextProvider = contextProvider ??  new EFContextProvider<ResearchDbContext>();


        public string Metadata()
            string result = _contextProvider.Metadata();
            return result;

        public IQueryable<Employee> Employee()
            return _contextProvider.Context.Employees;
        public SaveResult SaveChanges(JObject saveBundle)
            return _contextProvider.SaveChanges(saveBundle);

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