Month: September 2018

Aura.Action Vs aura:registerEvent in Lightning

Instead of an Aura.Action attribute, you could use  to register an onclick event in the child component. You’d have to define the event and create an action in the child’s controller to fire the event. This event-based approach requires a few extra steps but it’s more in line with standard practices for communicating between components.

Action has some known limitations:

  • It is discouraged to use component.set() with the Aura.Action attribute types.
  • It is discouraged to use $A.enqueueAction() in the child component to enqueue the action passed to the Aura.Action attribute.

If you want to build some more dynamic, or to overcome these limitations, the recommended way would be to fire an event from the child component that is handled by the parent component to perform the required action using aura:registerEvent


< aura:event type="COMPONENT" description="Event to Execute Aura.Action" / >
<aura:component  >
    <aura:registerEvent name="customEvent" type="c:AuraActionEvent" />

    <lightning:button label="Aura Action Event" onclick="{!c.fireAuraAction}"/>


    fireAuraAction : function(component, event, helper) {
        var compEvent = component.getEvent("customEvent");;


<aura:component >
<aura:handler name="customEvent" event="c:AuraActionEvent" action="{!c.handleComponentEvent}"/>

<c:AuraActionChild aura:id="auraActionButton" />


    handleComponentEvent : function(component, event, helper).  {
        var buttonClicked = event.getSource().getLocalId();
        if(buttonClicked == 'auraActionButton')
            alert('Aura Action using Event Concept');

As you can see in the example, in this way you will need to write some extra code, however, we have a finer degree of control, as we could for example add other event handlers dynamically or pass more information to the parent using event attributes. Also,  we are more inline with standard practices for components communication.

Aura.Action attributes in Lightning

<apex:component >
    <aura:attribute name="onClick" type="Aura.Action" >
</apex:component >

An Aura.Action is a reference to an action in the framework. If a child component has an Aura.Action attributes, a parent component can pass in an action handler when it instantiates the child component in its.

Aura.Action is used pass a controller action from a parent component to child component that it contains and is used for on* handlers like onClick.

Limitations for Aura.Action attributes –

Although Aura.Action works for passing an action handler to a child component, its recommend registering an event in the child component and firing the event in the child’s controller instead.Then, handle the event in the parent component.

  • Don’t use cmp.set() in JavaScript code to reset an attribute of  type=”Aura.Action” after it’s previously been set. Doing so generates an error.
  • Don’t use $A.enqueueAction() in the child component to enqueue the action passed to the Aura.Action attribute.

Demonstration –

  1. Create a child component, which contain the Aura.Action attribute type.
  2. Child component also have a on* action handler like onClick.
  3. aura:attribute name should be same as expression inside the onclick action

childAction.cmp –

<aura:component implements="flexipage:availableForRecordHome,force:hasRecordId" access="global" >
    <aura:attribute name="childAction" type="Aura.Action"/>

    <lightning:button label="Execute Aura.Action" onclick="{!v.childAction}"/>
</aura:component >

  1. Embed the child component in Parent and pass the Aura.Action attribute name here to call the ParentComponent controller.
  2. Define the Controller of the parent component.


<aura:component implements="flexipage:availableForRecordHome,force:hasRecordId" access="global">
     <c:Child childAction="{!c.parentAction}"/ >


 parentAction : function(component, event, helper) {
    alert('Aura.Action Parent Compoentnt');

<aura:application extends="force:slds" >
</aura:application >

 Instead of an Aura.Action attribute, you could use <aura:registerEvent> to register an onclick event in the child component. You’d have to define the event and create an action in the child’s controller to fire the event. This event-based approach requires a few extra steps but it’s more in line with standard practices for communicating between components.

 Next1 Click here for using aura:registerEvent over Aura.Action attribute

Apex Controller overview in Lightning

Apex controller with method annotated with @AuraEnabled only will be exposed to use in Lightning component.

public with sharing class SimpleServerSideController {

    //Use @AuraEnabled to enable client- and server-side access to the method
    public static String serverEcho(String firstName) {
        return ('Hello from the server, ' + firstName);

Apex controller must follow these requirements.

  1. Methods must be static and marked public or global. Non-static methods aren’t supported.
  2. If a method returns an object, instance methods that retrieve the value of the object’s instance field must be public.
  3. Use unique names for client-side and server-side actions in a component. A JavaScript function (client-side action) with the same name as an Apex method (server-side action ) can lead to hard-to-debug issues. In debug mode, the framework logs a browser console warning about the clashing client-side and server-side action names.

@AuraEnabled Annotaion – The AuraEnabled annotation enables Lightning components to access Apex methods and properties.

  1. Use @AuraEnabled on Apex class static methods to make them accessible as remote controller actions in your Lightning components.
  2. Use @AuraEnabled on Apex instance methods and properties to make them serializable when an instance of the class is returned as data from a server-side action.

Caching Method Results –

To improve runtime performance, set @AuraEnabled(cacheable=true) to cache the method results on the client. To setcacheable=true, a method must only get data, it can’t mutate data.

Marking a method as storable (cacheable) improves your component’s performance by quickly showing cached data from client-side storage without waiting for a server trip. If the cached data is stale, the framework retrieves the latest data from the server. Caching is especially beneficial for users on high latency, slow, or unreliable connections such as 3G networks.

To cache data returned from an Apex method for any component with an API version of 44.0 or higher, you must annotate the Apex method  with  @AuraEnabled(cacheable=true). For example:

public static Account getAccount(Id accountId) {
    // your code here

Prior to API version 44.0, to cache data returned from an Apex method, you had to call setStorable() in JavaScript code on every action that called the Apex method. For API version of 44.0 or higher, you must mark the Apex method as storable (cacheable) and you can get rid of any setStorable() calls in JavaScript code. The Apex annotation approach is better because it centralizes your caching notation for a method in the Apex class.

Returning Data from Server side Controller  Next1

Attributes in Lightning

Attributes are the most commonly used element to pass data down the component hierarchy as they are simple to use. In order to pass data down from a parent component to its child, simply use the following code:

Parent Component –

   <aura:attribute name="parentAttribute" type="String"/>
   <c:childComponent childAttribute="{!v.parentAttribute}"/>

Child Component –

   <aura:attribute name="childAttribute" type="String"/>

In this example, the parent component value of parentAttribute is transferred to the childAttribute of the child component via the  {!v.parentAttribute}  expression.

This is perfect if you just want to display the data in a child component. What about if you also want to execute some logic when the attribute’s value changes?

Consider the following updated definition of childComponent :

   <aura:attribute name="childAttribute" type="String"/> 
   <aura:handler name="change" value="{!v.childAttribute}" action="{!c.onChildAttributeChange}"/>

With the addition of a change handler, the child component can now trigger the  onChildAttributeChangecontroller function automatically when the value of  childAttribute changes. This allows us to implement some custom logic such as:

    onChildAttributeChange : function (component, event, helper) {
        console.log("Old value: " + event.getParam("oldValue"));
        console.log("Current value: " + event.getParam("value"));

We now have established a top-down communication chain between the parent and the child component. This can be summarized in these few steps:

  1. parentAttribute value changes
  2. parentAttribute value is transferred to childAttribute
  3. childComponent’s change handler triggers the onChildAttributeChange controller function

This approach works great for processing an attribute. What about multiple attribute changes? If you want to change two or more attributes and then trigger some logic, this method becomes unwieldy. You can either combine the attributes into a larger object (not always practical) or write a complex synchronization algorithm (please don’t). Instead, I recommend methods for multiple attribute changes

This is article from Salesforce developer blog.

Lightning Component Attribute

Component attributes are like member variable in Apex class. Attribute enables you to make component more dynamic.

Use the  tag to add an attribute to the component or app.

All tag must have name and type values.

Supported aura:attribute types

  1. Basic Types
    1. Boolean
    2. Date
    3. DateTime
    4. Decimal
    5. Double
    6. Integer
    7. Long
    8. String
  2. Function Type
  3. Object Type [Standard and Custom Object type]
  4. Collection Type
    1. Array –  An array of item of a defined type
    2. List – An ordered collection of items
    3. Map – Key-value pair. A map can’t contain duplicate keys.
    4. Set – An unordered collection, Contains no duplicate elements
  5. Custom Apex Type
  6. Framework specific type
    1. Aura.Component
    2. Aura.Component[]
    3. Aura.Action

Interview Questions

  1. What are the different type of aura:attributes type you can use in lightning ?
  2. Can you use sObject type in lightning component attribute ?