Meteor + RxJS
Harness Meteor reactivity with RxJS.
RxJS is built to simplify complexity dealing with reactive data flows. At the same time, Meteor's Minimongo cursors are a good target for RxJS API due to their reactivity. Thus, combining RxJS and Meteor, we bring together best parts of two worlds.
API documentation is available inside this repository, here.
Mongo Cursor Observable
As soon as you install this package (
npm install meteor-rxjs), you have ability to use a special Mongo collection class that works
with cursor observables instead of the ordinary Mongo cursors. In other words, one can subscribe on the Mongo cursor's data updates now as follows:
Since this cursor observable is of RxJS’s type, every other methods and operators available to the observables as part of the RxJS API are also now available to the users, e.g., one can debounce data updates using RxJS’s debouncing operator:
Usage with Meteor packages
Meteor has a lot of packages that extend
Mongo.Collection with new methods. Since
MongoObservable.Collection is a wrapper over
Mongo.Collection, you can't use new methods on observable instances directly. The solution here is to pass
Mongo.Collection's instance to the observable constructor, and use them whenever you need after separately:
;;collection.attachSchema...; // with SimpleSchema package
Usage in Angular
Angular has tight integration with RxJS since Angular is desinged to support reactive UI updates.
One of the realizations of this integration is
AsyncPipe, which is supposed to be used with RxJS observables.
In order to subscribe on the Mongo cursor observable's updates and iterate through the returned list of docs in Angular, one can use
AsyncPipe in an Angular component as follows:
As you can see above we called
zoneOperator operator of the cursor observable. This is a special
Zone operator that is implemeted by
meteor-rxjs for the Angular users' convenience.
This operator runs ngZone each time when new data arrives to the Mongo cursor observable,
thus we force UI updates at the right time using it.
It makes sense to improve performance of the above
Tasks component by debouncing UI updates.
In this case we are using Zone operator as well: