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React Data Object Connect

Hooks to connect AppframeWeb data objects to React components.

Getting Started


Install using npm

npm install @olenbetong/react-data-object-connect

or include the IIFE build in a script

<script src=""></script>


Data object hooks

These hooks connects to event of a data object and returns the current state

  • useCurrentIndex(dataObject) - Returns only the current index
  • useCurrentRow(dataObject) - Returns the current record
  • useData(dataObject, options) - Returns an array with all records currently in the data object
  • useDataLength(dataObject) - Returns the current number of records in the data object
  • useDataWithFilter(dataObject, filter, type) - Like useData, but loads data with the given filter.
  • useDirty(dataObject) - Returns a boolean indicating if the current row is dirty or not
  • useError(dataObject) - Returns any loading error message
  • useFilter(dataObject, filter, type) - Refreshes data object whenever the filter changes
  • useLoading(dataObject) - Returns a boolean indicating if the data object is loading or not
  • useStatus(dataObject) - Returns booleans indicating if the data object is saving or deleting records
  • usePaging(dataObject) - Returns page, page count and a method to change the page
  • useParameter(dataObject, parameter) - Returns the current value of parameter
  • usePermissions(dataObject) - Returns booleans indicating if the user can delete, insert or update records
  • useStatus(dataObject) - Returns an object with isSaving and isDeleting state booleans.

The above hooks uses the data objects internal state to pass data to the components. If you do not want to depend on the data objects current row or data storage, you can use the following hooks. They return data from the data object's data handler directly, and will not affect the data objects internal state.

  • useFetchData(dataObject, filter) - Returns data matching the filter. If the filter is set to false, data will not be loaded.
  • useFetchRecord(dataObject, filter) - Use if the filter is expected to only return a single row. If multiple rows are returned from the server, only the first record will be returned to the component.

One hook is also available for procedures.

  • useProcedure(procedure, parameters, options) - Returns an object containing data, execute, isExecuting and error properties. Executes whenever the procedure or parameters arguments change. execute can be used to manually execute the procedure again

useData options

useData accepts a second options argument. Available options are:

  • includeDirty (default false) - Includes currently dirty data in the dataset. Enabling this can potentially be expensive performance-wise.

Data binding

This package also includes some hooks that wrap the data object hooks, and return what is necessary to bind buttons and inputs to the data object.

These hooks do not take a data object as a parameter, but instead uses the useDataObject hook that returns the data object in the nearest DataObjectProvider context provider.

  • DataObjectProvider - Context provider for the context used by the data binding hooks
  • useField(field) - Returns everything needed to bind and input to the current row of a data object:
    • dataObject: The data object the field will be bound to
    • error: Any error that occurs when validating/saving the change
    • value: The current value including unsaved changes
    • onKeyDown: An onKeyDown event handler that will cancel changes to the field when Escape is pressed, and stop event propagation
    • setValue: Method to set a new value in the field
    • onChange: An onChange event handler that tries to get the value from the event target and then calls setValue. Also accepts a second parameter where the new value can be passed. The second parameter will always be preferred over the event target.
    • reset: Cancels any changes to the field, and removes the error.
  • useCancelButton() - Returns an object with a cancelEdit method that calls cancelEdit on the context data object
  • useDeleteButton(prompt?: string) - Returns an object with an isDeleting state boolean, and a deleteRow method. The delete row method can take an index to specify which row to delete. If no index is given, the current row will be deleted. The prompt before deleting the row can be specified in the hook argument.
  • useRefreshButton() - Returns an object with a loading state boolean and a refresh method taht will refresh the context data object
  • useRefreshRowButton() - Returns an object with a loading state boolean and a refreshRow method that will refresh a single row in the context data object. An index can be passed to the method to indicate which row should be refreshed. If no index is given, the current row will be refreshed.
  • useSaveButton() - Returns an object with a isSaving state boolean, a dirty state boolean, and a save method that will call endEdit on the context data object.


Getting all state from the data object

This will list all reacords in the data object, and create an editor for the current row.

import {
} from "@olenbetong/react-data-object-connect";

function MyFunctionComponent(props) {
  const currentIndex = useCurrentIndex(dsMyDataObject);
  const myRecord = useCurrentRow(dsMyDataObject);
  const myRecords = useData(dsMyDataObject);
  const count = useDataLength(dsMyDataObject);
  const isDirty = useDirty(dsMyDataObject);
  const error = useError(dsMyDataObject);
  const isLoading = useLoading(dsMyDataObject);
  const { isDeleting, isSaving } = useStatus(dsMyDataObject);
  const { allowDelete, allowInsert, allowUpdate } =
  const filter = useParameter(dsMyDataObject, "filterString");

  return (
      {isLoading && <i className="fa fa-spin fa-spinner" />}
      {error && <Error message={error} />}
      <MyEditor {...myRecord} isDirty={isDirty} />
      { => (
        <ListItem {...item} />
      There are {count} records matching {filter}

Automatically getting data with a given filter.

If you want to conditionally load data, you may set the filter to false.

import {
} from "@olenbetong/react-data-object-connect";

function MyComponent({ someId }) {
  const isLoading = useLoading(dsMyDataObject);
  const data = useDataWithFilter(dsMyDataObject, `[SomeID] = ${someId}`);

  return (
      {isLoading && <i className="fa fa-spin fa-spinner" />}
      { => (
        <ListItem {...record} />

Getting data from the data source without affecting the data object

If you want to conditionally load data, you may set the filter to false.

The refreshRows method can be used to update only a subset of the current data. The first parameter is the filter that will be used to fetch data. The second parameter is the field that will be used to compare fetched data with current data (defaults to PrimKey). If the refreshRows fetches records that are not in the current set, they will not be added.

import {
} from "@olenbetong/react-data-object-connect";

function MyFunctionComponent(props) {
  const { isLoading, data, refresh, refreshRows } = useFetchData(
    `[EntityCategory] = 1`

  return (
      {isLoading && <i className="fa fa-spin fa-spinner" />}
      { => (
          onRefresh={refreshRows(`[PrimKey] = '${item.PrimKey}'`, "PrimKey")}

function MyRecordComponent(props) {
  const { isLoading, record, refresh } = useFetchRecord(
    `[EntityID] = ${}`

  return (
      {isLoading && <Spinner />}
      <button onClick={refresh}>
        <i className="fa fa-refresh" /> Refresh
      <MyEditor {...record} />

Executing a stored procedure

If 'Parameter', 'OtherParam', 'ThirdParam' are not valid parameters for 'procMyProcedure', they will be removed before executing the procedure. This way the procedure can be executed even if the actual parameters haven't changed. If 'removeInvalidParameters' isn't set to true, an error will occur instead.

import { useProcedure } from "@olenbetong/react-data-object-connect";

function MyComponent() {
  const { data, execute, error, isExecuting } = useProcedure(
      Parameter: "value",
      OtherParam: 52,
      ThirdParam: "Oh, hai!",
    { removeInvalidParameters: true }

  return (
      <button onClick={execute}>Refresh data</button>
      {error && <div className="alert alert-danger">{error}</div>}
      {isExecuting && <Spinner />}
      {data &&
        data.length > 0 &&
        data[0].map((record) => (
          <RecordComponent key={record.IdentityField} {...record} />

Paging component

import { usePaging } from "@olenbetong/react-data-object-connect";

function PagingComponent() {
  const { changePage, page, pagecount } = usePaging(dsMyDataObject);

  return (
      <button onClick={() => changePage(page - 1)} disabled={page <= 0}>
      Page {page + 1} of {pageCount}
        onClick={() => changePage(page + 1)}
        disabled={page + 1 >= pageCount}


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