Interactive websites have that feeling of immediacy. Clicked links respond in milliseconds, and there is never a need to wait… Waiting for a remote record to delete, and then the whole page refresh afterwards can feel like an eternity in web’s modernity.
When you have a lot of records, it makes sense to paginate the table. That way, instead of loading thousands of records, you can load a subset, with better performance, and allow your user to move through the pages as leisure. It’s also better for usability, because it’s easier to go back to a particular […]
What makes any web site a progressive web app? Two small pieces tell the browser to treat your web page as a progressive web app.
Let’s say your majestic monolith is looking for more interactivity, and you’ve picked up Turbo. What aspects of a Rails app change that may cause some headaches? Add Turbo, and then follow along! Forms First, you need to test all your forms. Turbo dramatically changes the behavior of each form. The biggest change you will […]
How do you add Turbo to your existing Rails app? What do you need to watch out for as you transition to a full HOTWire approach? I found it to be very straight forward, and mostly a search and replace operation. Add Turbo Rails gem to the Gemfile and remove Turbolinks: Then run ./bin/bundle install […]
Now that the HOTWire Hacker News Progressive Web App loads in the comments asynchronously, you should experience the slow loading on the comments page. Since each level of comments can load another level of comments, it will feel slow as everything loads into the page in chunks. You’ll also notice that the comments are always […]
As we continue in building out the HOTWire Hacker News Progressive Web App, it’s time to look at loading the comments. This is an interesting data problem, because each item has comments, and each comment has comments, and you can go recursively until you run out. The original HNWPA pushed all the comment loading into […]
What if we can increase page load the speed by not duplicating work in the server rendering process?
If you look at the number of TopItems coming back from the API, you’ll see it’s much more than 30. How do you display all these items? Pagination! ActiveRecord has an offset method that tells the database where to start in the records it returns. If you don’t specify an offset, the database starts counting […]
Turbo Streaming is going to work best with ActiveRecord Models. The Hacker News model uses Item models, which can be stories, comments, jobs, polls, or poll options. In the first implementation, the Item was modeled to be as generic as the API dispensed. This time, stories and jobs will continue to be modeled as Item […]