Web Components are a very amazing new feature of HTML5. Google released its Polymer project which adds Web Components support to modern Web Browsers. Using Web Components, we can create very complex custom HTML Tags which are based on a very powerful templating engine, pretty cool JavaScript bindings, data model abstractions and also JavaScript and CSS encapsulation. Polymer comes with a set of already implemented components based on Googles Material Design which can be easily integrated into custom applications. Finally, Polymer has a Starter Kit Project, which can bring you up in a minimum amount of time to development speed with Polymer, Web Components and Single Page Web Applications.

For a project, I wrote a simple Web Component to display a list of Micro-service Configuration Data. In my application HTML, I just have to use the following line:


That’s all to use my own Web Component. Well, what is the magic behind this? To use a Web Component, we have to use a HTML5 Feature called HTML Imports. Just place the following line into your HTML:

<link rel="import" href="config-stage-list/config-stage-list.html">

This imports the Web Component and makes it ready to use. And finally, here is the source code of the Web Component:

<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/polymer/polymer.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/iron-ajax/iron-ajax.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/iron-icon/iron-icon.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/iron-list/iron-list.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/iron-form/iron-form.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/paper-material/paper-material.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/paper-card/paper-card.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/paper-button/paper-button.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/paper-input/paper-input.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/paper-input/paper-textarea.html">
<link rel="import" href="../../bower_components/paper-toast/paper-toast.html">

<dom-module id="config-stage-list">
  <template id="stagelist">
    <style include="shared-styles"></style>

    <h2>Available configuration Stages</h2>

    <iron-ajax id="deleteAJAX" on-response="deleteComplete"></iron-ajax>

      <iron-ajax auto id="getStagesAJAX" url="/api/rest/stage/list" handle-as="json" last-response="{{data}}"></iron-ajax>
      <iron-list items="[[data]]" as="item">
          <paper-card heading="[[item.name]]">
            <div class="card-content">
            <div class="card-actions">
              <a href$="{{baseUrl}}stage/[[item.id.id]]"><paper-button raised>Details</paper-button></a>
              <paper-button on-tap="deleteStage">
                <iron-icon icon="delete"></iron-icon>Delete

    <paper-toast id="responseToast"></paper-toast>

      is: 'config-stage-list',
      properties: {
      deleteStage: function(aElement) {
        var theID = aElement.model.item.id.id;

        this.$.deleteAJAX.body = {};
        this.$.deleteAJAX.url = "/api/rest/stage/" + theID;
        this.$.deleteAJAX.method = "DELETE";
      deleteComplete: function() {
      showToast: function(aMessage) {
        this.$.responseToast.text = aMessage;
      refreshData: function() {

That’s all! The Web Component creates a AJAX request to get some data from the server and binds the result to a list. It also has a delete button to remove data, which will trigger another AJAX round trip. Finally, it has some user feedback based on Material Design Toasts.

Yeah! Polymer and WebComponents just rock!