AngularJS dynamic form field ID with a directive not working

When trying to add a directive to a input with a dynamic id, the link method does not properly bind to the object. Given the following jsfiddle or html:

<div ng-app="myApp" ng-controller="MyCtrl">
  <p>Date: <input type="text" id="datepicker-{{id}}" datepicker></p>    
</div>

And js:

var module = angular.module('myApp', []);

module.directive('datepicker', function() {
  var linker = function(scope, element, attrs) {
    element.datepicker();
  }

  return {
    restrict: 'A',
    link: linker
  }
});

function MyCtrl($scope) {
  $scope.id = 7
}

What I see on the console debugger is that when link is called it is showing the id literally as "datepicker-{{id}}" and not "datepicker-7".

Is there a way to force this to happen? A better way to implement this?

Update: Should have clarified. The datepicker shows up when clicked, but clicking on a date does not function. I get the error: "Uncaught Missing instance data for this datepicker"

Answers:

Answer

I believe you need transclude:true in your directive return object, which tells angular to preprocess the markup for things like {{ }} bindings.

You also need to wrap the call to datepicker() in a $timeout to delay the attempt until the next angular cycle runs, ensuring that the translcuded ID is set in the DOM.

This worked for me in jsfiddle

var module = angular.module('myApp', []);

module.directive('datepicker', function($timeout) {
    var linker = function(scope, element, attrs) {
        $timeout( function(){
            element.datepicker();
        });
    }

    return {
        restrict: 'A',
        link: linker,
        transclude: true
    }
});

function MyCtrl($scope) {
    $scope.id = 7
}

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