Findify Agent Reference

Findify Agent includes Search, Autocomplete, Recommendation and SmartCollection classes. Each has a different entry point, different validation rules, and their own required configuration fields. You can read more about this in the SDK section.


Configuration

The Agent configuration extends SDK and provides a few more options:

immutable

boolean [optional][default: false]

Under the hood, Agent works with Immutable.js data structures, which allows a fast comparison between changes in response. By default this option is set to false, which makes Agent convert immutable data to standard JavaScript primitives. Set this option to true to switch back to immutable data and remove the overhead produced by calling Immutable.toJS().

debounce

number [optional]

This option allows debouncing requests to travel to the server in milliseconds, which is very helpful for Autocomplete so that requests are not sent for every typed letter. We recommend setting this option to 300 for autocomplete.

onError

function [optional]

The callback function which will be fired if an error has occurred during request to the server.

Methods

.on

.on('change:items', function(items, meta) {})

Subscribes to events in Agent's response.

The first argument is the name of the event [event]:[[deep]:], which specifies the event that you are subscribing to. You can subscribe to changes in deeply nested objects, e.g. change:items:0:title to get changes just for the title of the first item in the response.

The second argument is a callback function which will be called when an event is triggered. The first argument in the callback is the data you were subscribed to, the second is metadata from the server response.

.off

.off('change:items') // Unsubscribe from all 'change:items' events
.off(function) // Unsubscribe specific callback

Unsubscribe from event updates. You can pass either the event name or the handler function.

.set

.set('q', 'white') // Set "q" value directly
.set('filters', function(existFilter){}) // Or merge values

Updates query state.

The first argument is the name of the field.

The second argument can be a value or a function to merge new values with ones that already exist.
The 'set' and 'defaults' functions can be chained, which will set the data and merge it with default values before sending the request to the server.

If you want to send separate requests for defaults and set values, use setTimeout to delay the execution of the function

.defaults

.defaults({ q: 'white', limit: 40 })

Set default values for request.

These values can be overwritten by .set function and will not be tracked in .on event handlers. The behaviour is similar to 'set'.

In order to reset values in defaults, just call it with an empty object.

.reset

.reset() // Will reset whole query to default value
.reset('q') // Reset just a "q"

If called with a string, this will reset that parameter in the query.

Query parameters

q: [string]

  • Autocomplete: [required]
  • Search: [optional]
  • SmartSollection: [optional]

limit: [number]

  • Autocomplete: [optional]
  • Search: [optional]
  • SmartSollection: [optional]

offset: [number]

  • Autocomplete: [optional]
  • Search: [optional]
  • SmartSollection: [optional]

filters: [array]

  • Search: [optional]
  • SmartSollection: [optional]

Filters in Agent have a different structure than in SDK. To simplify working with them we have removed type and nested object in values. The library will automatically add needed type and normalize filter values before sending requests to the server .

Filter types:

category: [array]

.defaults({ filters: { category: [[ 'category 1', 'category 2' ]] }) //to define nested categories
.defaults({ filters: { category: [[ 'category 1']] })

range: [object]

.defaults({ filters: { price:[{ from: 1, to 20 }] } })
.defaults({ filters: { price:[{ from: 1 }] } })
.defaults({ filters: { price:[{ to: 20 }] } })

text: [string]

.defaults({ filters: { brand: ['samsung'] } })
.defaults({ filters: { brand: ['samsung', 'apple'] } })

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