Backbone.Subset

Provides a collection-like constructor that allows you create a collection that is subset from a parent one

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Backbone.Subset

A subset collection that contains pointers to models from a parent collection.

Use case?

Having a collection that represents only a subset of your models.

For instance having a Archived tasks, you want to be sure that adding, deleting or changing a Task will update that subset collection according to a given sieve

How does it work?

The API is almost the same as Backbone.Collection.

  • You must implement a parent function that returns the collection the subset belongs or pass a parent option.
  • You must implement a sieve function that will be used to filter the parent collection.
  • You can pass the option {noproxy: true} if you don't want the event to bubble from the parent to the subset (not recommended since it can leave your collections in a weird state).
Models.Task = Backbone.Model.extend({
  initialize: function () {
    this.collection = tasks;
  }
, isArchived: function () {
    return this.get('archived');
  }
});

Collections.Tasks = Backbone.Collection.extend({model: Models.Task});
Collections.ArchivedTasks = Backbone.Subset.extend({
  parent: function () {
    return tasks;
  }
, sieve: function (task) {
    return task.isArchived();
  }
});

tasks = new Collections.Tasks();
archivedTasks = new Collections.ArchivedTasks();

tasks.reset([{archived: true}, {archived: false}]);

assert.equal(tasks.length, 2);
assert.equal(archivedTasks.length, 1);

Live Updating of subsets

Subsets can be optionally updated live. That is, if a models attributes change such that affect it's membership of a subset, that update will happen automatically.

By default live updating is disabled. Continuing the above example:

tasks.reset([{archived: true}, {archived: false}]);
archivedTasks.liveupdate_keys = 'all'

assert.equal(tasks.length, 2);
assert.equal(archivedTasks.length, 1);

tasks.first().set({archived: false});
assert.equal(tasks.length, 2);
assert.equal(archivedTasks.length, 0);

Controlling live updating

Live updating is controlled by a subset's liveupdate\_keys attribute.

  • To prevent live updating of a subset, set it's liveupdate\_keys attribute to be 'none' (this is the default).
  • To enable live updating when any model key changes, set liveupdate\_keys = 'all'.
  • To limit which model keys trigger a live update, set liveupdate\_keys to be an array of attributes: liveupdate\_keys = ['archived'].

Exclusive subsets

There are subsets that are exclusive and can operate more efficiently since they don't have to bubble to their siblings. To mark a subset as exclusive just implement the exclusiveSubset function to return true or false.

Tests

You must have node installed in order to run the tests.

npm install
make

Benchmarks

You must have node installed in order to run the benchmarks.

npm install
make benchmark

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2010-2012 Pau Ramon masylum@gmail.com

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