Rapid Single-Page Application prototype with AngularJS & jsFiddle

Imagine we have just developed a brand new RESTful API, and we want to demostrate how easy is to use it and how quickly we can develop Single-Page Web applications. An elegant way of building a prototype aplication is by using AngularJS and jsFiddle.


I find AngularJS a very sophisticated and well made application framework. Created by Misko Hevery and now maintained by Google and community, it is based in the solid MVC architectural style. It enriches the html directives and simplifies the connection of models with views and controllers. Its popularity nowadays is immense, and is becoming one of the frameworks of choice in the industry for developing Single-page dynamic web applications.

There are lots of good documentation and tutorials both, in the AngularJS website and in Youtube. I find this series of video tutorials very easy to follow, and here you can find up to 50 examples of code together with references to other tutorials and related frameworks.


jsFiddle is a playground for web developers, an online editor for snippets build from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It allows including other popluar JS libraries and additional external dependencies. You can also share your Fiddle, embedded it on a blog just like we are doing in this post (as an <iframe>), share it on the social networks, etc. Your code may be shared from GitHub and displayed as new Fiddle.

And we can also sahre the isolated rendered result as a web application prototype.

Although the documentation is not great, it is enought for solving those things that are not intuitive within the user interface, that are not many by the way.

The PRIDE Archive web service

The PRIDE PRoteomics IDEntifications database is a centralized, standards compliant, public data repository for proteomics data, including protein and peptide identifications, post-translational modifications and supporting spectral evidence. There is also a web service that is publicly available.

The SPA prototype

Our prototype is pretty simple, including a small html, and a bit of JavaScript. We use Bootstrap to style things. First the html.

The layout is pretty much a <table/> with the results and an <input/> text box where we can place the search terms. Things to mention here:

  • There is a <div/> elements tagged as the AngularJS application.
  • There is another <div/> inside the previous one, tagged as the AngularJS controller manipulated from withing the JavaScript section.
  • The results are listed in a table, filtered by an AngularJS expression using the search term, and referencing model entities withing the projects results.

Following is the JavaScript section doing the AngularJS MVC magic.

Basically, we get a reference to the AngularJS application and use it to add a controller associated with the PrideSearchCtrl element we referenced within the <div/> in the html part. The controller uses JSONP to load data from the PRIDE Archive web service and assing this data the the Model object projects. We also set publicationDate as the default order-by field for the results. Important here to add the ?callback=JSON_CALLBACK at the end of the URL for JSONP to work properly.

The working prototype can be found here.