28: Ports Multiplying

We are back to meow notes, adding our onClick event from Elm back to React to route either to a new note, or an existing note by note.id. This is going to require us to poke another hole in our ports, but remember Murphy’s warning, not to treat this like http methods, so lets keep that in mind as we move forward.

Extra Type Alias

  • I had made a type alias Notes = List Note
  • Mostly because the compiler was complaining at one point, and I wasn’t able to see to distill from it that all I needed was some parentheses around List Note to disambiguate it.

Tackling the onClick event

List.map (\n -> Listgroup.li [ onClick (routeTo "/notes/" ++ n.noteId) ] [ text n.content ]) notes

  • that was my first thought, but..
The 1st argument to function `li` is causing a mismatch. - Function `li` is expecting the 1st argument to be:

    List (Listgroup.ItemOption msg)

But it is:

    List (Html.Attribute a)


List (Html.Attribute msg)

But the right side is:

    Html.Attribute Msg
  • What I finally got
    [ Listgroup.attrs <| [ onClick (SetRoute ("/notes/" ++ n.noteId)) ]
  • Ok got that sorted, sending an Html msg, and in the update function calling the ports function routeTo with the built string.
  • What’s the title look like? Used to be..
  • Now it looks like
Maybe.withDefault "Note Title" (List.head (String.lines content))

Maybe.withDefault "Note Title" (n.content <| String.lines <| List.head) --backwords

Maybe.withDefault "Note Title" (n.content |> String.lines |> List.head)
  • saw the nested, and remembered that’s why the Pizza Operator, er, Pipe Operator
  • I also did it backwards the first time. lol

Too Many Ports, our ship is sinking

  • too many ports sink ships, but what I want is working code first, I’m not trying to refactor this in my head, NO WAY
//init setup for ports
  setupPorts = ports => {
    ports.fetchNotes.subscribe(path => {
      invokeApig({ path: path, queryParams: { limit: 5 } })
        .then(results => ports.notesLoaded.send(results))
        .catch(e => console.log(e));
    ports.routeTo.subscribe(url => {
  • So let’s try to consolidate some stuff. We don’t need two elm files rendering for the Home component, let’s pass the isAuthenticated prop into Elm and have that do it for us
    • So how do we do multiple subscriptions?
    • Batch of course!
    • So we send in the props value,
    • and this works, ports.isAuthenticated.send(this.props.isAuthenticated);
    • but I’m not super happy with it….
    • React lifecycle methods to the rescue,
      • instead of calling isAuthenticated.send we assign it to updateAuth and now we can call it on mount and when component received new props, NOT just when we instantiate our Elm Home Component.
      • Must better.