AngularJS Upgrade (1.5 to 1.6,1.7) Makes directive scope bindings undefined

The AngularJS team recommends that controller code that depends on scope bindings be moved into an $onInit function.

function LayoutController($scope, LayoutDTO, LayoutPreviewDTO) {
    var self = this;
    this.$onInit = function () {
        // bindings will always be available here
        // regardless of the value of `preAssignBindingsEnabled`.
        self.layoutDTO = LayoutDTO;
        self.layoutPreviewDTO = LayoutPreviewDTO;
        var test = $scope;

            self.layoutModel = new self.layoutPreviewDTO(self.pageConfiguration);
            self.layoutModel = new self.layoutDTO(self.pageConfiguration);


Due to bcd0d4, pre-assigning bindings on controller instances is disabled by default. It is still possible to turn it back on, which should help during the migration. Pre-assigning bindings has been deprecated and will be removed in a future version, so we strongly recommend migrating your applications to not rely on it as soon as possible.

Initialization logic that relies on bindings being present should be put in the controller’s $onInit() method, which is guaranteed to always be called after the bindings have been assigned.

— AngularJS Developer Guide – Migrating from v1.5 to v1.6 – $compile


The $compileProvider.preAssignBindingsEnabled flag has been removed from AngularJS V1.7.

The AngularJS team strongly recommends migrating your applications to not rely on it as soon as possible. AngularJS V1.6 goes end-of-life on 1July2018.

From the Docs:

Due to 38f8c9, directive bindings are no longer available in the constructor.

Previously, the $compileProvider.preAssignBindingsEnabled flag was supported. The flag controlled whether bindings were available inside the controller constructor or only in the $onInit hook. The bindings are now no longer available in the constructor.

To migrate your code:

  • If you specified $compileProvider.preAssignBindingsEnabled(true) you need to first migrate your code so that the flag can be flipped to false. The instructions on how to do that are available in the “Migrating from 1.5 to 1.6” guide. Afterwards, remove the $compileProvider.preAssignBindingsEnabled(true) statement.

— AngularJS Developer Guide – Migrating to V1.7 – Compile


On 1July2018, support for AngularJS 1.6 ends. For more information, see AngularJS MISC – Version Support Status.

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