In AngularJS, the view doesn't update when you call $scope.$apply because the $apply function is used to trigger the digest cycle manually, which is usually necessary when you make changes outside of the AngularJS context (for example, in event handlers, AJAX callbacks, or third-party libraries). When you call $scope.$apply, AngularJS will evaluate all the watchers (bindings) and update the view accordingly.

However, there are a few common reasons why the view might not update even after calling $scope.$apply:

  1. $digest in progress: If there is already an ongoing digest cycle (triggered by AngularJS itself or other parts of your code), calling $scope.$apply can throw an error. To avoid this, you can use $scope.$applyAsync, which schedules a digest cycle if one is not already in progress. This can help prevent conflicts with other digest cycles.

  2. Errors within $apply: If an error occurs while evaluating the expressions inside $apply, it can halt the digest cycle and prevent the view from updating. Make sure to handle any errors within your $apply function to avoid this issue.

  3. Event listeners outside AngularJS: If you're using event listeners or callbacks outside of AngularJS, make sure to wrap any code that modifies AngularJS scope variables inside an $apply or $applyAsync function. This is necessary because changes made outside of the AngularJS context are not automatically detected by the digest cycle.

Here's an example of how you can use $apply and $applyAsync:

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// Using $apply $scope.$apply(function() { // Modify scope variables or perform actions that affect the view }); // Using $applyAsync $scope.$applyAsync(function() { // Modify scope variables or perform actions that affect the view });

Remember, if you're using AngularJS with more recent versions of Angular, $apply and manual digest cycles are no longer needed, as Angular 2+ uses a different change detection mechanism. For newer projects, it's generally recommended to use Angular instead of AngularJS, as Angular provides better performance, improved features, and a more modern development experience.

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