Building a GPA Calculator in Angular.js

I’m awed almost daily by the simplicity and elegance of Angular.js. By eliminating all of the DOM access syntax we’ve come to take for granted in jQuery and friends, and by giving any element on the page a live, two-way data binding relationship with your business logic, Angular lets you create anything from simple widgets to full-on Single Page Applications with the fewest lines of code possible.

I recently created a live GPA calculator as part of a large SPA I’m working on in my day job, but have boiled it down to its bare essence for this widget demo. Try changing the dropdown options here and watch the GPA calculation change in real-time:

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In this example, we assume that a student’s current course load comes in over the wire with course names and units. We iterate over the course set and, for all courses being taken for a letter grade, multiply the numeric weight of a predicted grade by the number of units. Those scores get added up, then divided by the total number of units. When a new grade estimate is selected from a dropdown, we need to recalculate the whole aggregate. Let’s step through it.
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