Exercise 3: NG2 APP component in a bundle


This exercise requires a working buildout using a fork of the collective.jstraining package.

For this exercise, we will add an angular 2 application to a plone bundle.

We have most of the angular 2 boiler plate code created for you so let’s just finish up a few things so you can customize it.

We will be working in the exercise3 directory of the collective.jstraining package.


Install npm dependencies:

cd exercise3/static
npm install

Add your angular 2 component

In your exercise3/static/app directory, add a file named app.component.ts. Use this file to do anything you would like to the page. This example will stick with the angular 2 quickstart code. We hope you like typescript:

import { Component } from '@angular/core';
  selector: '.my-app',
  template: '<h1>NG2 from Exercise 3</h1>'
export class AppComponent { }

You can do whatever in this module however, please notice how we changed the selector to .my-app. In Angular 2, the selector can be anything. By changing it to a class name, it’ll be easier for us to choose where we want to bootstrap our angular 2 component.

Register static resource directory

Next, let’s register the static directory we just placed our script into. To register, you need to add ZCML registration for the static directory your script is in. Add this to the exercise3/configure.zcml file:


Build the file with webpack

Our deployment is built using webpack:

cd exercise3/static

Whenever you make a change to your component files, webpack will auto re-build the distribution.

Register JavaScript resource as a bundle

Register our script as a JavaScript resource with Plone. In the exercise3/profiles/default/registry.xml file, add configuration to register your script:

<records prefix="plone.bundles/exercise3"
  <value key="merge_with">default</value>
  <value key="enabled">True</value>
  <value key="compile">False</value>
  <value key="jscompilation">++plone++exercise3/exercise3-compiled.min.js</value>
  <value key="csscompilation">++plone++exercise3/exercise3-compiled.css</value>
  <value key="last_compilation">2016-10-04 00:00:00</value>

A couple notes about this configuration:

  • merge_with tells plone to combine this file with the default Plone bundles
  • compile is distinguish this bundle as one that is compiled outside of Plone
  • jscompilation and csscompilation are what Plone uses as the final compiled output


  1. Start up your Plone instance
  2. Install the Exercise 3 add-on


To make sure your resource registry configuration changes apply, you’ll need to be in development mode. You can also toggle development mode on and off, click save, to force configuration to be re-built after changes instead of keeping development mode on.


It’s up to you how to apply the component class name to an element of your choice. A couple options available to you are:

  1. use TinyMCE source view and add class="my-app" onto any tag
  2. customize the theme on your site and add it to an element in your theme file or use a diazo rule diazo rule to dynamically add the class to an element


To make sure your changes are loaded after every build with webpack, make sure to go into Site setup -> Resource registries and enabled development mode.


Production for this is simple when you’re no longer in development mode on your Plone site. Webpack rebuilds the JavaScript distribution on every change.