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Juri Strumpflohner for Angular

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RxJS finalize operator to execute logic on Observable termination

In this article we're going to have a look at the RxJS finalize operator. To have a practical use case, let's take a look at disabling/enabling a form submit button during an HTTP request.

Disabling/enabling a button during an Angular HTTP request

Let's take a look at an RxJS Observable subscription:

this.someService.fetchDataFromApi()
  .subscribe(
    result => {
      // success
    },
    err => {
      // some error happened
    }
  )
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Assume this call is triggered by a button click on our form. Many people still double-click on those buttons and we definitely want to prevent 2 calls being sent to our backend API. There are different ways to avoid that of course, but for the purpose of this example, let's go the route of disabling the button once it has been clicked, and re-enable it when the http call terminates.

this.isLoading = true;
this.someService.fetchDataFromApi()
  .subscribe(
    result => {
      // success
      this.isLoading = false;
    },
    err => {
      // some error happened
      this.isLoading = false;
    }
  )
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Whenever isLoading is set, we disable our button on the form. Now as in the example before, the isLoading = false instruction is duplicated, because we want to re-enable the button in both, success and error cases.

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