Filtering Products

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Ok: we have products and searchTerm data. Let's update the searchTerm when the search-bar component tells us it's changed.

Listen to search-products Event in Catalog

Remember, in that component, we're dispatching an event called search-products. In Catalog, up in the template, find the <search-bar element and add @search-products="onSearchProducts", which is a method that we now need to create.

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<div class="col-9">
<search-bar @search-products="onSearchProducts" />
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Down in the code, do it: add methods: {} and then onSearchProducts(). Since this method is going to be called when an event is emitted, it will receive an event argument. And because, when we emitted the event, we added a term key, we can use that here! We can say this.searchTerm = event.term.

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export default {
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methods: {
onSearchProducts(event) {
this.searchTerm = event.term;

Check it in Vue Dev Tools

Let's go check it out! Back on the dev tools... if I type disc, the searchTerm in SearchBar, of course, updates. But if we look in Catalog, the search term also changed here! Yes!

Filter the Products Client-Side

We can finally filter the product list. Scroll up to the template. To render the products, we pass them into the <product-list> component: we're currently passing in all of the products. But when there is a searchTerm we now want this to be a subset.

This is, yet again, a situation where we need to reference a value in the template that requires some custom logic. In other words, it's computed property time! In preparation, pass filteredProducts to product-list.

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Copy that name, go down and, above created, add computed with filteredProducts(). Inside the function, if (!this.searchTerm), then we can just return this.products: the normal array of products.

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export default {
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computed: {
filteredProducts() {
if (!this.searchTerm) {
return this.products;
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But if there is a search term, return this.products.filter() and pass an arrow function with a product argument. I'm going to use the super hipster shortcut syntax: because I don't have any curly braces - just parentheses - this has an implied return statement. So, return

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computed: {
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return this.products.filter((product) => (
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Basically, loop over all the products and return a new array containing only the products whose name includes the search term.

Try it in the browser!

Let's try it! Over in the browser, this is the full list of office supplies. If I type in disk... yes! It shows just one! Try dis... 2!

But... as cool and fast as this is... our JavaScript filtering has some serious downsides. First, if our products were paginated, this would not work: the user would only be searching through a single page of products! Yikes! And second, what if we wanted the search to also match on fields that are not shown in this list? Or maybe we have a super-cool Elasticsearch system that we want to use?

The point is: filtering on the client-side might work in some simple cases... but most of the time, you'll probably want to perform a search on the server via an AJAX call. Let's do that next!

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