infinite-fake-data
Loading fake data into table on scroll
Last updated 6 years ago by bahmutov .
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This demo shows a simple table, with data coming from in-page mock backend, where each request is slowed down by 1 second. The received data is stored in the angular $scope array, bound to the table. The demo works as static page, since everything is compiled / runs locally.

Loading the data

The controller function attached to the page just calls the backend url, keeping track of the next slice of data to request

$scope.fetch = function () {
  $scope.fetching = true;
  $http.get(url + '/slice/' + startIndex + '/' + (startIndex + fetchNumber))
  .success(function (response) {
    $scope.people = $scope.people.concat(response);
    if (response.length) {
      startIndex += response.length;
    } // else there is no more data
    $scope.fetching = false;
  });
};

Making fetch request on scroll

As the user scrolls to the bottom of the window, I use ng-infinite-scroll directive to signal and fetch more data.

    <tbody infinite-scroll="fetch()"
           infinite-scroll-distance="3"
           infinite-scroll-immediate-check="false"
           infinite-scroll-disabled="fetching">
    <tr ng-repeat="p in people">
      <td>{{$index}}</td>
      <td>{{p.email}}</td>
      <td>{{p.firstname}}</td>
      <td>{{p.lastname}}</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>

For details how mock data is generated and $http request is intercepted see the index.html source.

Serving mock data

Having to run back server to return data is a big requirement. Luckily just to show that the frontend is working, we could intercept AJAX requests in-page using ngMockE2E.$httpBackend class.

Whenever a request is intercepted (by matching it to a RegExp to account for changing range indices), we generate an array of fake data using Faker.js and return it:

angular.module('tester', ['infinite-fake-data', 'ngMockE2E'])
.run(function ($httpBackend) {
  var sliceRegExp = /\/people\/slice\/(\d+)\/(\d+)/;
  $httpBackend.whenGET(sliceRegExp).respond(function (method, url, data) {
    var indices = sliceRegExp.exec(url);
    var from = indices[1];
    var to = indices[2];
    var people = [];
    var MAX_N = to - from;
    console.assert(MAX_N >= 0, 'invalid from and to indcies ' + from + ', ' + to);
    for(var k = 0; k < MAX_N; k += 1) {
      var person = {
        email: Faker.Internet.email(),
        firstname: Faker.Name.firstName(),
        lastname: Faker.Name.lastName()
      };
      people.push(person);
    }
    return [200, people];
  });
});

Slowing down mock respones

Returning mock data almost instantenously from in-page mock does not reflect how the directive behaves in realistic network conditions: requests take time, depending on the conditions. To properly mock the network delays, I slowed down mock backend responses.

I have wrapped ngMockE2E.$httpBackend with a proxy object that delays executing the callback function (and thus transmitting the result to the client code) using the approach described in Endless Indirection

.config(function ($provide) {
  // delay mock backend responses by 1 second
  var DELAY_MS = 1000;
  $provide.decorator('$httpBackend', function ($delegate) {
    var proxy = function(method, url, data, callback, headers) {
      var interceptor = function() {
        var _this = this, _arguments = arguments;
        setTimeout(function() {
          // return result to the client AFTER delay
          callback.apply(_this, _arguments);
        }, DELAY_MS);
      };
      return $delegate.call(this, method, url, data, interceptor, headers);
    };
    for(var key in $delegate) {
      proxy[key] = $delegate[key];
    }
    return proxy;
  });
})

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