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InfiniteLoader component inspired by react-virtualized but for use with react-window
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Add an advanced usage section about clearing the cache
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react-window-infinite-loader

InfiniteLoader component inspired by react-virtualized but for use with react-window

Install

# Yarn
yarn add react-window-infinite-loader

# NPM
npm install --save react-window-infinite-loader

Documentation

Name Type Description
children ({ onItemsRendered: Function, ref: React$Ref }) => React$Node Render prop. See below for example usage.
isItemLoaded (index: number) => boolean Function responsible for tracking the loaded state of each item.
itemCount number Number of rows in list; can be arbitrary high number if actual number is unknown.
loadMoreItems (startIndex: number, stopIndex: number) => Promise<void> Callback to be invoked when more rows must be loaded. It should return a Promise that is resolved once all data has finished loading.
minimumBatchSize ?number Minimum number of rows to be loaded at a time; defaults to 10. This property can be used to batch requests to reduce HTTP requests.
threshold ?number Threshold at which to pre-fetch data; defaults to 15. A threshold of 15 means that data will start loading when a user scrolls within 15 rows.

Example usage

The snippet below shows a basic example of how the InfiniteLoader can be used to wrap either a FixedSizeList or VariableSizeList from react-window.

// This value is arbitrary.
// If you know the size of your remote data, you can provide a real value.
// You can also increase this value gradually (as shown in the example below).
const itemCount = 1000;

<InfiniteLoader
  isItemLoaded={isItemLoaded}
  itemCount={itemCount}
  loadMoreItems={loadMoreItems}
>
  {({ onItemsRendered, ref }) => (
    <FixedSizeList
      itemCount={itemCount}
      onItemsRendered={onItemsRendered}
      ref={ref}
      {...otherListProps}
    />
  )}
</InfiniteLoader>

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Creating an infinite loading list

The InfiniteLoader component was created to help break large data sets down into chunks that could be just-in-time loaded as they were scrolled into view. It can also be used to create infinite loading lists (e.g. Facebook or Twitter). Here's a basic example of how you might implement that:

function ExampleWrapper({
  // Are there more items to load?
  // (This information comes from the most recent API request.)
  hasNextPage,

  // Are we currently loading a page of items?
  // (This may be an in-flight flag in your Redux store for example.)
  isNextPageLoading,

  // Array of items loaded so far.
  items,

  // Callback function responsible for loading the next page of items.
  loadNextPage
}) {
  // If there are more items to be loaded then add an extra row to hold a loading indicator.
  const itemCount = hasNextPage ? items.length + 1 : items.length;

  // Only load 1 page of items at a time.
  // Pass an empty callback to InfiniteLoader in case it asks us to load more than once.
  const loadMoreItems = isNextPageLoading ? () => {} : loadNextPage;

  // Every row is loaded except for our loading indicator row.
  const isItemLoaded = index => !hasNextPage || index < items.length;

  // Render an item or a loading indicator.
  const Item = ({ index, style }) => {
    let content;
    if (!isItemLoaded(index)) {
      content = "Loading...";
    } else {
      content = items[index].name;
    }

    return <div style={style}>{content}</div>;
  };

  return (
    <InfiniteLoader
      isItemLoaded={isItemLoaded}
      itemCount={itemCount}
      loadMoreItems={loadMoreItems}
    >
      {({ onItemsRendered, ref }) => (
        <FixedSizeList
          itemCount={itemCount}
          onItemsRendered={onItemsRendered}
          ref={ref}
          {...props}
        >
          {Item}
        </FixedSizeList>
      )}
    </InfiniteLoader>
  );
}

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Advanced usage

Some use cases require cached items to be reset. For example, after a list has been sorted, previously cached items may be invalid. You can let InfiniteLoader know that it needs to reload cached items by calling the resetloadMoreItemsCache method.

function ExampleWrapper({
  // ...
  sortOrder,
}) {
  // We create a reference for the InfiniteLoader
  const infiniteLoaderRef = useRef(null);
  const hasMountedRef = useRef(false);

  // Each time the sort prop changed we called the method resetloadMoreItemsCache to clear the cache
  useEffect(() => {
    // We only need to reset cached items when "sortOrder" changes.
    // This effect will run on mount too; there's no need to reset in that case.
    if (hasMountedRef.current) {
      if (infiniteLoaderRef.current) {
        infiniteLoaderRef.current.resetloadMoreItemsCache();
      }
    }
    hasMountedRef.current = true;
  }, [sortOrder]);
  
  // ...

  // We passed down the ref to the InfiniteLoader component
  return (
    <InfiniteLoader
      ref={infiniteLoaderRef}
      isItemLoaded={isItemLoaded}
      itemCount={itemCount}
      loadMoreItems={loadMoreItems}
    >
      {({ onItemsRendered, ref }) => (
        // ...
      )}
    </InfiniteLoader>
  );
}

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License

MIT © bvaughn

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