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SuperLocal

####Author: Benjamin Allison

A tiny Javascript library that makes HTML5 LocalStorage more useful!

What is it?

Someone who's used to relational databases like MYSQL might find the key/value nature of localStorage to be insufficient or hard to use. How do you find the most recent entry? How can I delete the oldest record? What if I run out of space?

superLocal adds some very simply tools that make localStorage a bit more useful. While localStorage is fairly easy to use right out of the box, some of the convenience methods included are sure to be a timesaver for many.

Methods

####capable()

  • Runs a test to see if localStorage is available in the user's browser. Returns true or false.

####save(uID,data,customTime)

  • Saves data, along with associated created and modified fields.
  • Takes the following parameters:
    • uID: the unique ID you want to save this record as (usually the ID taken from your database)
    • data: the data you want saved (typically a string, integer, or JSON)
    • customTime: typically not needed, but this will let you save with a custom timestamp (useful if you want to make sure the modifed date in localStorage exactly matches a time supplied by the server, for example)

IMPORTANT: customTime must be given in seconds (standard in PHP). If supplying a Javascript time, divide by 1000.

####fetch(param)

  • Collects data, modified, and created records for the specified record, and returns them in object that you can acces with dot notation.
  • fetch also adds the uID to the returned data object, which is available via dot notation.
  • Takes one parameter: param
    • if you supply an integer, it will fetch based on the unique ID of the record you want to grab (usually the primary key from your database)
    • if you supply a search type, it will use one of the magical find types, and return the data object
      • there are four serach strings which are shortcuts to the four magic find types (further explained below). The four search strings are: newest, oldest, smallest, and biggest

####remove(uID)

  • Deletes the data, modified, and created records for the specified ID.
  • Takes the following parameter:
    • uID: the unique ID of the record you want to delete (usually the ID taken from your database)

####clearAll()

  • Clears all records from localStorage. Takes no parameters.

In addition to the more standard CRUD type methods, there are also a few convenient find methods:

  • findNewest()
  • findOldest()
  • findSmallest()
  • findBiggest()

They each do what they say! They return the record uID (not the data object), which you can then pass on to the fetch method. These methods take no parameters.

Parameters

superLocal accepts a few custom parameters. You set them on the superLocal.settings object, using dot notation. For example:

superLocal.settings = {
	dbPrefix:	'foo',
	dataFieldName:	'bar',
	separator:	'_',
	saveType: 	'greedy'
};

####dbPrefix

  • A string that defines the database prefix you want to use.
  • default: db

####dataFieldName

  • A string that defines the name you want to give to your data column.
  • default: data

####separator

  • A string that defines the separator you want to use between database prefix, record ID, and field names.
  • default: _

####saveType

  • A string that defines what save does if localStorage is full
    • relaxed: simply gives up if localStorage is full
    • greedy: deletes the oldest record (and repeatedly does so) until enough space has been freed up
    • default: relaxed

Examples

####Test to see if a browser supports localStorate: if (superLocal.capable() === true) {};

####Save a record: superLocal.save(id,myJson);

####Retrieve a record: superLocal.fetch(id);

####Retrieve a record's 'created' field: superLocal.fetch(id).created;

####Determine if a version in localStorage is more recent than the server's version: if ( superLocal.fetch(pID).modified > serverData.modified ){};

####Delete oldest record: superLocal.remove( superLocal.findOldest() );

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