Sync new todos

Once a new todo is entered in a public list, it needs to appear in the UI. Instead of automatically displaying the todo in the UI, we use a Feed like Notification banner which appears whenever a new todo is received.

Remember that previously we updated the cache using the cache API and the UI got updated automatically, because updating the cache triggered a re-render for those components that were subscribed to this store.

We are not going to use that approach here since we don't want public list UI to be automatically updated.

In the TodoPublicListSubscription component of the previous step, we only get the latest todo and not the existing list. We will now write a query to fetch the list of existing public todos.

Create a new file with name src/components/Todo/PublicTodosQuery.res and the following query

let make = %graphql(`
query ($before: Int, $after: Int, $limit: Int) {
todos(
where: { is_public: { _eq: true }, id: { _lt: $before, _gt: $after } }
limit: $limit
order_by: [{ created_at: desc }]
) {
id
title
created_at
is_completed
user {
name
}
}
}
`)

This query will help us fetch the todos and paginate the todo list. We can fetch todos older than certain todo id by passing it as before variable to the query. We can fetch todos newer than certain todo id by passing it as after variable to the query.

let's update the TodoPublicList component to fetch todos with the query written above

@react.component
let make = (~latestTodo: option<NotifyNewPublicTodosSubscription.Inner.t_todos>) => {
+ let (initialTodoId, _) = React.useState(() => {
+ switch latestTodo {
+ | Some(todo) => todo.id + 1
+ | None => 0
+ }
+ })
+ let todosResult = PublicTodosQuery.use({
+ before: Some(initialTodoId),
+ after: None,
+ limit: Some(7),
+ })
...
}

initialTodoId is computed based on lastestTodo prop on mount of TodoPublicList component. This passed as before variable along with limit = 7 variable to PublicTodosQuery to fetch the first 7 todos. Subsequent todos are fetched with loadOlder and loadNew functions.

Update the loadOlder method to the following:

let loadOlder = _e => {
let oldTodoId =
Js.Array.length(todos) > 0
? todos[Js.Array2.length(todos) - 1].id
: switch latestTodo {
| Some(todo) => todo.id + 1
| None => 0
}
fetchMore(
~updateQuery=(previousData, {fetchMoreResult}) => {
switch fetchMoreResult {
| Some({todos: newTodos}) => {
todos: Belt.Array.concat(todos, newTodos),
}
| None => previousData
}
},
~variables={
before: Some(oldTodoId),
after: None,
limit: Some(7),
},
(),
)->ignore
}

When "Load older todos" button is clicked, loadOlder function is called. It fetches 7 todos before oldTodoId and appends it to existing todos.

Try adding a new todo in the public feed and notice that it will not show up on the UI. Now refresh the page to see the added todo.

This happens because we haven't yet implemented a way to show the newly added todo to the feed.

Let's handle that in useEffect for on update

@react.component
let make = (~latestTodo: option<NotifyNewPublicTodosSubscription.Inner.t_todos>) => {
let (newTodosCount, setNewTodosCount) = React.useState(() => 0)
+ React.useEffect1(() => {
+ switch (latestTodo, ref.current) {
+ | (Some(todo), Some(prevTodo)) =>
+ if prevTodo.id !== todo.id {
+ setNewTodosCount(prevNewTodosCount => prevNewTodosCount + 1)
+ } else {
+ ()
+ }
+ | (Some(_), None)
+ | (None, Some(_)) =>
+ setNewTodosCount(prevNewTodosCount => prevNewTodosCount + 1)
+ | (None, None) => ()
+ }
+ ref.current = latestTodo
+ None
+ }, [latestTodo])
...

Logic inside this useEffect increment newTodosCount state whenever there is a change in latestTodo, which happen when new task arrives.

Now try adding a new todo to the public feed and you will see the notification appearing saying that a new task has arrived.

Great! We still have one functionality left. When a new task arrives on the public feed and when the user clicks on the New tasks section, we should make a query to re-fetch the todos that are not present on our current public feed.

Update loadNew() method with the following code

let loadNew = _e => {
let newestTodoId =
Js.Array.length(todos) > 0
? todos[0].id
: switch latestTodo {
| Some(todo) => todo.id
| None => 0
}
fetchMore(
~updateQuery=(previousData, {fetchMoreResult}) => {
setNewTodosCount(_ => 0)
switch fetchMoreResult {
| Some({todos: newTodos}) => {
todos: Belt.Array.concat(newTodos, todos),
}
| None => previousData
}
},
~variables={
after: Some(newestTodoId),
before: None,
limit: None,
},
(),
)->ignore
}

This method fetches all new todos after newestTodoId by using fetchMore api of Apollo.

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