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ember-data-tasks

An alternative Ember Data store that returns Ember Concurrency tasks instead of promises.

Install

ember install ember-data-tasks

This addon comes in three phases:

Phase 1: Store Override

By overriding the store with a mixin, we extend the behavior of methods on the store, like store.findRecord('post', 1).

Setup

Override your existing store, by creating a new store (or use your existing one, if you have it):

ember g service store

Open app/services/store.js and modify it to:

import DS from 'ember-data';
import TaskStoreMixin from 'ember-data-tasks/mixins/task-store';

export default DS.Store.extend(TaskStoreMixin);

Use

Now you can use your Ember Data store like before, and nothing has changed, since this store is backwards compatible, due to the fact that tasks also adhere to the promise spec.

But you didn't come here for the same old, you want immediate results. To take advantage of the benefits of tasks, you will have to wrap your store responses in a hash.

The example below will hit afterModel after the backend has resolved with data:

import Ember from 'ember';

export default Ember.Route.extend({
  model() {
    return this.store.findAll('post');
  }
});

But if you want immediate responses, do the following, and afterModel will be hit immediately:

import Ember from 'ember';

export default Ember.Route.extend({
  model() {
    return {
      postsTask: this.store.findAll('post')
    };
  }
});

Then you can utilize the task in your template like so:

<ul>
  {{#if model.postsTask.isRunning}}
    Loading your posts..
  {{else}}
    {{#each model.postsTask.value as |post|}}
      <li>{{post.name}}</li>
    {{/each}}
  {{/if}}
</ul>

This seems like a slight annoyance at first, due to the extra level of nesting, but in the end if you build ambitious apps, you will most likely return multiple tasks, and would have used Ember.RSVP.hash anyway, if working with promises.

Note: You can unwrap the task hash in setupController, if it really bothers you.

Phase 2: Model Override

This phase allows you to enable tasks for methods like model.save().

Setup

Open app/models/my-model.js and modify it to:

import DS from 'ember-data';
import TaskModelMixin from 'ember-data-tasks/mixins/task-model';

export default DS.Model.extend(TaskModelMixin, {
  // your model definition
});

You'd have to do this for every model, and if you have few, that should be easy. For those that have many models, you can do the following:

Reopen the DS.Model in your app/app.js file.

import Ember from 'ember';
import Resolver from './resolver';
import loadInitializers from 'ember-load-initializers';
import config from './config/environment';
// Add these two imports
import DS from 'ember-data';
import TaskModelMixin from 'ember-data-tasks/mixins/task-model';

let App;

Ember.MODEL_FACTORY_INJECTIONS = true;

App = Ember.Application.extend({
  modulePrefix: config.modulePrefix,
  podModulePrefix: config.podModulePrefix,
  Resolver
});

loadInitializers(App, config.modulePrefix);

// Add this model reopen
DS.Model.reopen(TaskModelMixin);

export default App;

Use

Now you can call model.reload(), model.save(), and model.destroyRecord() and get tasks back instead of promises.

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