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Conditional rendering in Polymer 3

I need to render different html based on a bool variables true or false value. For example in react I would do something like this in my return in the render function:

{this.state.booleanValue ? "true" : "false"}

Where I get two different output depending on the value of booleanValue.

I tried in Polymer 3, and first declared my bool variable:

static get properties() {
    return {
      myBoolValue: {
        type: Boolean
      }
    };
  }

I then try to use it in my template/html as

${this.myBoolValue ? "" : ""}

However, the code does not recognize the variable “this.myBoolValue” in the html template. How come? Full code of my template:

static get template() {
    return html`
     
     <div>
        ${this.myBoolValue ? "true" : "false"}  // error, does not recognize "this.myBoolValue". 
   </div>

    `;

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Answer

If your default value of myBoolValue is false you can change your properties and template like this (If you want to use conditional templates you have to import @polymer/polymer/lib/elements/dom-if.js.)

static get properties() {
  return {
    myBoolValue: {
      type: Boolean,
      value: false
    }
  };
}
static get template() {
  return html`
    <p>[[myBoolValue]]</p>

    // OR conditional templates:
    <template is="dom-if" if="{{myBoolValue}}">
      true
    </template>
    <template is="dom-if" if="{{!myBoolValue}}">
      false
    </template>
  `;
}

If you can’t or don’t want to set a default value change your code like this and use a computed property:

static get properties() {
  return {
    myBoolValue: {
      type: Boolean
    },
    computedBool: {
      type: String,
      computed: "_isTrue(myBoolValue)",
      value: false
    }
  };
}

static get template() {
  return html`
    <p>[[computedBool]]</p>

    <template is="dom-if" if="{{computedBool}}">
      true
    </template>
    <template is="dom-if" if="{{!computedBool}}">
      false
    </template>
  `;
}

_isTrue(a) {
  return a === true;
}
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