Fetch models only once from server #466

bobjansen opened this Issue May 30, 2014 · 3 comments

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Sometimes a model instance (child) is related to a number of other model instances (parents). If I initialize parent-1 and parent-2 I'd like to attach the child. For the parent-1 this is not a problem, just do

var child = Child.findOrCreate({id: id});

in the initialization of the Parent-model. However if I create parent-2 I do not want to refetch (the data for the Child model changes weekly). I don't see a cleary way to do this with the current API. Therefore I'd like to propose a new option for the fetch-function: fetchOnce. If set to true (default isfalse to keep the old behavior) the model is only fetched on first call.

I can contribute a patch if this seems worthwhile.


This doesn't really sound specific to backbone-relational? Seems more like the default backbone implementation of fetch doesn't play nice with what you're trying to achieve. In your case, I would write it more like the following:

var child = Child.find( id );
if ( !child ) {
    child = new Child({ id: id });

(find is an alias for findOrCreate, with the create option set to false)


Btw, I'm also working on a better implementation for lazy loading; sounds like that may be at the core of your problem? See #467 .


Maybe, I'm still learning. Sometimes I prefer the extra param but in other cases your solution which is a bit more verbose is more clear. I'll continue with my ad hoc solution for now and I think that as my skills and our products evolve I can better argue for inclusion of this feature or become more enlightened and come to the conclusion that it's bad. I think for now the ticket can be closed. Agreed?

@bpatram bpatram added the enhancement label Mar 26, 2016
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