How to respond to input changes reactively in the child component

How to respond to input changes reactively in the child component

Define property accessor methods on the Input bindings in the child component to reactively respond to input changes

Component interaction can work in one of the following three ways:

  • ngOnChanges() lifecycle hooks
  • Setters on the @Input() property
  • Services

If your component is a presentational component and interacts only with the @Input() and @Output() properties, then using setters is the most reactive way of interacting with the child component

Let's understand how!

Parent Child Component Interaction

Parent component passes value to the child component with the following syntax where userValue is an @Input() property in the child component

<child-component [userValue]="userValue"></child-component>
export class ChildComponent {
  @Input() userValue;

Setters on the @Input() property

Setters on the @Input() property runs some additional logic whenever the input changes. So, instead of defining userValue, we define a function on the userValue property which executes whenever input changes.

export class ChildComponent {
  status = false;
  @Input() set userValue(value: string) {
      this.status = true;

These are called property accessor methods which executes on setting/getting values. Add a set keyword before a property to make a setter.

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