Introduction To Ember

Ember CLI

Grab the docs to find the latest version for installation.

npm install -g ember-cli@[INSERT LATEST VERSION HERE]
ember --help
ember new project-name

Out of the box, you will get:

  • A dev server
  • Templates
  • JS and CSS Minification (think Webpack)
  • ES6 with Babel Presets

Ember Dev Server

  ember server
  ember serve
  ember s

Folder Structure



Ember Data Flow

Ember Core Concepts


Ember’s built-in testing framework allows for TDD using Acceptance Tests. Let’s create one and see what we get.

ember g acceptance-test test-name

This will generate a test file with a few lines of built in boilerplate code:


To run the test, fire off the command ember test --server


Ember applications are organized and run by “Routes”.

  • User navigates to a route. Example: '/'.
  • Ember Router maps the URL to a particular route handler
  • The route handler renders the template associated with said route.
  • The route handler hands the template which Model the template needs to know about.

Generate a route using the Ember CLI tools:

ember g route route-name

This Generates:

  • A route file: app/routes/about.js
  • A template file: app/templates/about.hbs
  • A test file: tests/unit/routes/about-test
  • Updates the router.js file.

Model Hook

Within the route file you’ll notice there is a method called model(). This piece of code is known as the model hook.

// app/routes/modelName.js

  model() {
    return modelName;

Ember calls for this model hook at various times throughout the lifecycle of the app.

One example would be when a user enters the rentals route.

The model hook then returns the array of models associated with the given template and passes it to the template.


Objects that represent data that your application presents to the user.

An app might have a User Model with properties like firstName or lastName.

// app/models/user.js

import DS from 'ember-data';

export default DS.Model.extend({
    firstName:  DS.attr('string'),
    lastName:   DS.attr('string'),
    isExpanded: true,

    fullName:   Ember.computed('firstName', 'lastName', () => {
      return `${this.get('firstName')} ${this.get('lastName')}`;

Ember Store

  • Provided by Ember Data
  • Central repository of models in your app
  • Components and Routes can ask the store for models to then send to the templates.
  • this.get('store').findRecord('user', params.user_id)
  • PRO-TIP: The store is available by default in Routes, and Controllers. NOT Components.


Rendered by the router when entering a Route.

Receives the model (whatever the Route’s model hook returns).

Controllers are the first place actions bubble up to find rules about model behavior.

// (see raw markdown code to view curly braces)
// In template

  <button >Hide Body</button>
    <div class="body">

  <button >Show Body</button>

// In controller
export default Ember.Controller.extend({
  actions: {
    toggleBody() {

“Controller are still an integral part of Ember architecture”


Components allow different parts of your app to share functionality.
ProTip: Dashes are REQUIRED in every component name.

Components have two parts:

  • A template: app/templates/components/my-component.hbs
  • A JS source file: app/components/my-component.js

To invoke a component in a template file:

// (see raw markdown code to view curly braces)

Notice the name of the component matches the name of the my-component.js file.

Then we assign each “unit” we are iterating over to whatever we designate within the pipes, just like you would when iterating over anything else in JavaScript.


Templates are the “view” layer of an Ember application.

For the most part, they look like any other fragment of HTML.

<div>This is an example DIV in an Ember Template</div>


// (see markdown file)  
<div>Hi , this is a valid Ember template!</div>

Application Template

If an application template exists, anything it in will be displayed on every page.


Q: Controller vs Component

A: First of all: controllers are getting ditched shortly. Proof.
Components have everything controllers have, plus stuff the views have.
That being said, controllers aren’t gone.

Q: So…then what’s a controller?

Controllers hold onto short term state.
Actions get sent to the controller first.
For example, if you send a variable to your view (ie <p></p>), your app will check the controller for info first before bubbling up to the route.


  • Check documentation DATE.
  • Use return false or return true to your advantage to either stop or continue bubbling up the event chain.

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