Adding "Resolves"

We'll add a resolve: parameter to our state to demonstrate the user of resolves. Note that resolves isn't used to often and we'll remove this once we've learned the functionality.

  .state('account', {
      url: '/my-account',
      template: 'My account',
      resolve: {
        greeting: function($timeout) {
          return $timeout(function() {
            return 'Hello';
          }, 3000);

The "resolve" property in a state configuration allows us to specify a set of dependencies that will need to resolved prior to transitioning to the new state. Those dependencies become injectable in the route's controller. In the example above, greeting property of the resolve is set to a function that returns a promise that resolves to 'Hello' after 3000 msec. (We generate this property using $timeout.) The UI-Router will wait until the promise resolves, then make the transition. The state's controller will be able to dependency-inject 'greeting', which will be set to 'Hello' by the time the controller is initialized.

This approach can simplify controller code, but does so at the cost of terrible user experience: after the user clicks on a button, nothing happens for 3 seconds, leaving the user wondering what happened.

A better approach is to not rely on "resolve" and instead make the transition immediately. The receiving controller can then decide what parts of the view can be displayed right away and what parts will need to be displayed with a short delay. For example, if the state involves displaying a list of objects that need to be retrieved from the server, the app can display everything other than the list, then make add the list items when they arrive. This usually produces a more natural experience for the user.