Instant Search with Vanilla JavaScript

Instant Search with Vanilla JavaScript

Instant Search with Vanilla JavaScript

Instant Search

We live in a fast world and we want everything to be FAST, including search results, this is why instant search functionality became pretty much a "must have" feature instead of a "nice to have" feature.

In this article we're going to build this feature, but only using Vanilla JavaScript :smiley:.

Below is the Live Preview of what we are going to build in this article. Let's search through the Countries of the world to see their Population and Flag:

Note: that you can use React, Vue, Angular or any other framework/library to create this functionality, although making it in Vanilla JavaScript is much more fun. 😄

The HTML

We'll need 2 things in our HTML:

  1. A search field
  2. A results div where we'll display the search results




Usually we are going into the styling part next, but in this case considering that we don't yet have the entire markup (you'll see in a moment), we'll get to the JS part first. 🙂

The JavaScript

Let's make a plan before we actually type any code. The things that we need to do are:

  1. Gather a list of all the countries in the world
  2. Display the list of countries
  3. Update the results based on the search query

Pretty awesome, eh? 😎

Step one - getting the data

I found a nice API we can use to get the list of countries we need. It is: RestCountries.eu.

We're going to use the built in Fetch API in order to retrieve all the countries, and we're going to store them in a variable: countries.

let countries;

const fetchCountries = async () => {
    countries = await fetch(
        'https://restcountries.eu/rest/v2/all?fields=name;population;flag'
    ).then(res => res.json());
};

As you can see, we created an async function; You can read more about this here.

Also, note that we only want 3 fields from the API (name, population and flag) so this is what we're going to get from the API by setting the fields query parameter.

Step two - displaying the data

Now, we need to create the structure of our list in order to display the data and for that we're going to create all the elements that we need (ul, li, headings, etc) inside of a function and we'll insert them into the results div we declared in our HTML.

We're also going to call our fetchCountries function here because we want to loop over the countries in order to create the corresponding elements:

const results = document.getElementById('results');

const showCountries = async () => {
    // getting the data
    await fetchCountries();

    const ul = document.createElement('ul');
    ul.classList.add('countries');

    countries.forEach(country => {
        // creating the structure
        const li = document.createElement('li');
        li.classList.add('country-item');

        const country_flag = document.createElement('img');
        // Setting the image source
        country_flag.src = country.flag;
        country_flag.classList.add('country-flag');

        const country_name = document.createElement('h3');
        country_name.innerText = country.name;
        country_name.classList.add('country-name');

        const country_info = document.createElement('div');
        country_info.classList.add('country-info');

        const country_population = document.createElement('h2');
        country_population.innerText = numberWithCommas(country.population);
        country_population.classList.add('country-population');

        const country_popupation_text = document.createElement('h5');
        country_popupation_text.innerText = 'Population';
        country_popupation_text.classList.add('country-population-text');

        country_info.appendChild(country_population);
        country_info.appendChild(country_popupation_text);

        li.appendChild(country_flag);
        li.appendChild(country_name);
        li.appendChild(country_info);

        ul.appendChild(li);
    });

    results.appendChild(ul);
};

// display initial countries
showCountries();

// From StackOverflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2901102/how-to-print-a-number-with-commas-as-thousands-separators-in-javascript
function numberWithCommas(x) {
    return x.toString().replace(/\B(?=(\d{3})+(?!\d))/g, ',');
}

There is a "little" bit of code above, so let's break it down. 😄

First, we have our list (ul) with the lis that are created in the forEach loop.

All the lis have three children:

  1. The flag - img
  2. The name of the country heading - h3
  3. A div which holds: (a) the population number - h2 - and (b) The 'Population' text - h5

We organized them in this manner because it'll be easier in the CSS to align everything using flexbox.

Alongside that, we added a class for each element because we want to style them individually in the CSS and then we used the appendChild to add these elements into the DOM at the end of the forEach function.

And lastly, we have a numberWithComma function from StackOverflow which will add a comma as a thousand separator for the population number.

Step 3 - update the view based on the search query

In this final step we're going to get the search query from the input by attaching an eventListener on it, and we're going to modify our showCountries function so that it will filter out the values we don't want to be displayed. Let's see how we can do that:

const search_input = document.getElementById('search');

let search_term = '';

search_input.addEventListener('input', e => {
    // saving the input value
    search_term = e.target.value;

    // re-displaying countries based on the new search_term
    showCountries();
});

const showCountries = async () => {
    // clear the results
    results.innerHTML = '';

    // see code above at Step 2.

    countries
        .filter(country =>
            country.name.toLowerCase().includes(search_term.toLowerCase())
        )
        .forEach(country => {
            // see code above at Step 2.
        });

    // see code above at Step 2.
};

As you can see we added two new things in the showCountries function:

  1. We are clearing the previous results by setting the innerHTML to an empty string
  2. We are filtering the countries by checking if the entered search_term is included in the name of the country, and we're also converting these two values toLowerCase as the user might type in upperCase letters and we still want to display the corresponding country
The entire JS Code

Below you can find the entire JS code in case you want to copy it:

const search_input = document.getElementById('search');
const results = document.getElementById('results');

let search_term = '';
let countries;

const fetchCountries = async () => {
    countries = await fetch(
        'https://restcountries.eu/rest/v2/all?fields=name;population;flag'
    ).then(res => res.json());
};

const showCountries = async () => {
    results.innerHTML = '';

    await fetchCountries();

    const ul = document.createElement('ul');
    ul.classList.add('countries');

    countries
        .filter(country =>
            country.name.toLowerCase().includes(search_term.toLowerCase())
        )
        .forEach(country => {
            const li = document.createElement('li');
            li.classList.add('country-item');

            const country_flag = document.createElement('img');
            country_flag.src = country.flag;
            country_flag.classList.add('country-flag');

            const country_name = document.createElement('h3');
            country_name.innerText = country.name;
            country_name.classList.add('country-name');

            const country_info = document.createElement('div');
            country_info.classList.add('country-info');

            const country_population = document.createElement('h2');
            country_population.innerText = numberWithCommas(country.population);
            country_population.classList.add('country-population');

            const country_popupation_text = document.createElement('h5');
            country_popupation_text.innerText = 'Population';
            country_popupation_text.classList.add('country-population-text');

            country_info.appendChild(country_population);
            country_info.appendChild(country_popupation_text);

            li.appendChild(country_flag);
            li.appendChild(country_name);
            li.appendChild(country_info);

            ul.appendChild(li);
        });

    results.appendChild(ul);
};

showCountries();

search_input.addEventListener('input', e => {
    search_term = e.target.value;
    showCountries();
});

// From StackOverflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2901102/how-to-print-a-number-with-commas-as-thousands-separators-in-javascript
function numberWithCommas(x) {
    return x.toString().replace(/\B(?=(\d{3})+(?!\d))/g, ',');
}

The CSS

Finally, let's add some styling to our little app:

@import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto:300,500&display=swap');

* {
    box-sizing: border-box;
}

body {
    background-image: linear-gradient(135deg, #f5f7fa 0%, #c3cfe2 100%);
    font-family: 'Roboto', sans-serif;

    display: flex;
    align-items: center;
    justify-content: center;
    flex-direction: column;

    min-height: 100vh;
}

.countries {
    padding: 0;
    list-style-type: none;
    width: 480px;
}

.country-item {
    background-color: #fff;
    border-radius: 3px;
    box-shadow: 0 2px 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);
    display: flex;
    justify-content: space-between;
    align-items: center;
    padding: 15px 10px;
    margin: 10px 0;
}

.country-item:hover {
    box-shadow: 0 2px 8px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.4);
}

.country-flag {
    width: 40px;
}

.country-name {
    flex: 2;
    font-weight: normal;
    letter-spacing: 0.5px;
    margin: 0 5px;
    text-align: center;
}

.country-info {
    border-left: 1px solid #aaa;
    color: #777;
    padding: 0 15px;
    flex: 1;
}

.country-population {
    font-weight: 300;
    line-height: 24px;
    margin: 0;
    margin-bottom: 12px;
}

.country-population-text {
    font-weight: 300;
    letter-spacing: 1px;
    margin: 0;
    text-transform: uppercase;
}

input {
    font-family: 'Roboto', sans-serif;
    border-radius: 3px;
    border: 1px solid #ddd;
    padding: 15px;
    width: 480px;
}

Because it's nothing fancy I'm not going into details about the CSS, but if you have any questions regarding it feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to answer your questions! 😄

Conclusion

As mentioned above, this small app could probably be done much simpler with React, Vue or Angular, and you are free to do so if you want for your submission, but I wanted to play around with Vanilla JS and it was a fun experience for me! 😉

As always, make sure you share what you're going to create!

Happy Coding! 😇

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JavaScript Tutorial: if-else Statement in JavaScript

JavaScript Tutorial: if-else Statement in JavaScript

This JavaScript tutorial is a step by step guide on JavaScript If Else Statements. Learn how to use If Else in javascript and also JavaScript If Else Statements. if-else Statement in JavaScript. JavaScript's conditional statements: if; if-else; nested-if; if-else-if. These statements allow you to control the flow of your program's execution based upon conditions known only during run time.

Decision Making in programming is similar to decision making in real life. In programming also we face some situations where we want a certain block of code to be executed when some condition is fulfilled.
A programming language uses control statements to control the flow of execution of the program based on certain conditions. These are used to cause the flow of execution to advance and branch based on changes to the state of a program.

JavaScript’s conditional statements:

  • if
  • if-else
  • nested-if
  • if-else-if

These statements allow you to control the flow of your program’s execution based upon conditions known only during run time.

  • if: if statement is the most simple decision making statement. It is used to decide whether a certain statement or block of statements will be executed or not i.e if a certain condition is true then a block of statement is executed otherwise not.
    Syntax:
if(condition) 
{
   // Statements to execute if
   // condition is true
}

Here, condition after evaluation will be either true or false. if statement accepts boolean values – if the value is true then it will execute the block of statements under it.
If we do not provide the curly braces ‘{‘ and ‘}’ after if( condition ) then by default if statement will consider the immediate one statement to be inside its block. For example,

if(condition)
   statement1;
   statement2;

// Here if the condition is true, if block 
// will consider only statement1 to be inside 
// its block.

Flow chart:

Example:

<script type = "text/javaScript"> 

// JavaScript program to illustrate If statement 

var i = 10; 

if (i > 15) 
document.write("10 is less than 15"); 

// This statement will be executed 
// as if considers one statement by default 
document.write("I am Not in if"); 

< /script> 

Output:

I am Not in if
  • if-else: The if statement alone tells us that if a condition is true it will execute a block of statements and if the condition is false it won’t. But what if we want to do something else if the condition is false. Here comes the else statement. We can use the else statement with if statement to execute a block of code when the condition is false.
    Syntax:
if (condition)
{
    // Executes this block if
    // condition is true
}
else
{
    // Executes this block if
    // condition is false
}


Example:

<script type = "text/javaScript"> 

// JavaScript program to illustrate If-else statement 

var i = 10; 

if (i < 15) 
document.write("10 is less than 15"); 
else
document.write("I am Not in if"); 

< /script> 

Output:

i is smaller than 15
  • nested-if A nested if is an if statement that is the target of another if or else. Nested if statements means an if statement inside an if statement. Yes, JavaScript allows us to nest if statements within if statements. i.e, we can place an if statement inside another if statement.
    Syntax:
if (condition1) 
{
   // Executes when condition1 is true
   if (condition2) 
   {
      // Executes when condition2 is true
   }
}

Example:

<script type = "text/javaScript"> 

// JavaScript program to illustrate nested-if statement 

var i = 10; 

if (i == 10) { 

// First if statement 
if (i < 15) 
	document.write("i is smaller than 15"); 

// Nested - if statement 
// Will only be executed if statement above 
// it is true 
if (i < 12) 
	document.write("i is smaller than 12 too"); 
else
	document.write("i is greater than 15"); 
} 
< /script> 

Output:

i is smaller than 15
i is smaller than 12 too
  • if-else-if ladder Here, a user can decide among multiple options.The if statements are executed from the top down. As soon as one of the conditions controlling the if is true, the statement associated with that if is executed, and the rest of the ladder is bypassed. If none of the conditions is true, then the final else statement will be executed.
if (condition)
    statement;
else if (condition)
    statement;
.
.
else
    statement;


Example:

<script type = "text/javaScript"> 
// JavaScript program to illustrate nested-if statement 

var i = 20; 

if (i == 10) 
document.wrte("i is 10"); 
else if (i == 15) 
document.wrte("i is 15"); 
else if (i == 20) 
document.wrte("i is 20"); 
else
document.wrte("i is not present"); 
< /script> 

Output:

i is 20

How to Retrieve full Profile of LinkedIn User using Javascript

How to Retrieve full Profile of LinkedIn User using Javascript

I am trying to retrieve the full profile (especially job history and educational qualifications) of a linkedin user via the Javascript (Fetch LinkedIn Data Using JavaScript)

Here we are fetching LinkedIn data like Username, Email and other fields using JavaScript SDK.

Here we have 2 workarounds.

  1. Configuration of linkedIn developer api
  2. Javascript Code to fetch records

Configuration of linkedIn developer api

In order to fetch records, first we need to create developer api in linkedin which will act as token/identity while fetching data from other linkedin accounts.

So to create api, navigate to https://linkedin.com/developer/apps and click on 'Create Application'.

After navigating, fill in details like name, description and other required fields and then submit.

As we submit, it will create Client ID and Client Secret shown below, which we will be using in our code while communicating to fetch records from other LinkedIn account.

Note: We need to provide localhost Url here under Oauth 2.0. I am using my localhost, but you can probably use other production URLs under Oauth 2.0 where your app is configured. It will make your api  consider the Url as trusted which fetching records.

Javascript Code to fetch records

For getting user details like first name, last name,User image can be written as,

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://platform.linkedin.com/in.js">  
    api_key: XXXXXXX //Client ID  
    onLoad: OnLinkedInFrameworkLoad //Method that will be called on page load  
    authorize: true  
</script>  
<script type="text/javascript">  
    function OnLinkedInFrameworkLoad() {  
        IN.Event.on(IN, "auth", OnLinkedInAuth);  
    }  
  
    function OnLinkedInAuth() {  
        IN.API.Profile("me").result(ShowProfileData);  
    }  
  
    function ShowProfileData(profiles) {  
        var member = profiles.values[0];  
        var id = member.id;  
        var firstName = member.firstName;  
        var lastName = member.lastName;  
        var photo = member.pictureUrl;  
        var headline = member.headline;  
        //use information captured above  
        var stringToBind = "<p>First Name: " + firstName + " <p/><p> Last Name: " + lastName + "<p/><p>User ID: " + id + " and Head Line Provided: " + headline + "<p/>"  
        document.getElementById('profiles').innerHTML = stringToBind;  
    }  
</script>    

Kindly note we need to include 'https://platform.linkedin.com/in.js' as src under script type as it will act on this Javascript SDK provided by Linkedin.

In the same way we can also fetch records of any organization with the companyid as keyword.

<head>  
    <script type="text/javascript" src="https://platform.linkedin.com/in.js">  
        api_key: XXXXXXX ////Client ID  
        onLoad: onLinkedInLoad  
        authorize: true  
    </script>  
</head>  
  
<body>  
    <div id="displayUpdates"></div>  
    <script type="text/javascript">  
        function onLinkedInLoad() {  
            IN.Event.on(IN, "auth", onLinkedInAuth);  
            console.log("On auth");  
        }  
  
        function onLinkedInAuth() {  
            var cpnyID = XXXXX; //the Company ID for which we want updates  
            IN.API.Raw("/companies/" + cpnyID + "/updates?event-type=status-update&start=0&count=10&format=json").result(displayCompanyUpdates);  
            console.log("After auth");  
        }  
  
        function displayCompanyUpdates(result) {  
            var div = document.getElementById("displayUpdates");  
            var el = "<ul>";  
            var resValues = result.values;  
            for (var i in resValues) {  
                var share = resValues[i].updateContent.companyStatusUpdate.share;  
                var isContent = share.content;  
                var isTitled = isContent,  
                    isLinked = isContent,  
                    isDescription = isContent,  
                    isThumbnail = isContent,  
                    isComment = isContent;  
                if (isTitled) {  
                    var title = isContent.title;  
                } else {  
                    var title = "News headline";  
                }  
                var comment = share.comment;  
                if (isLinked) {  
                    var link = isContent.shortenedUrl;  
                } else {  
                    var link = "#";  
                }  
                if (isDescription) {  
                    var description = isContent.description;  
                } else {  
                    var description = "No description";  
                }  
                /* 
                if (isThumbnailz) { 
                var thumbnailUrl = isContent.thumbnailUrl; 
                } else { 
                var thumbnailUrl = "http://placehold.it/60x60"; 
                } 
                */  
                if (share) {  
                    var content = "<a target='_blank' href=" + link + ">" + comment + "</a><br>";  
                    //el += "<li><img src='" + thumbnailUrl + "' alt=''>" + content + "</li>";  
                    el += "<li><div>" + content + "</div></li>";  
                }  
                console.log(share);  
            }  
            el += "</ul>";  
            document.getElementById("displayUpdates").innerHTML = el;  
        }  
    </script>  
</body>  

We can get multiple metadata while fetching records for any any organization. We can get company updates as shown below.

Conclusion

We can also fetch any company specific data like company job updates/post, total likes, comments, and number of views along with a lot of metadata we can fetch which I have shown below.

Thank you for reading !

7 Best Javascript Iframe Libraries

7 Best Javascript Iframe Libraries

Iframes let you build user experiences into embeddable ‘cross-domain components’, which let users interact with other sites without being redirected. I have compiled 7 best Javascript iframe libraries.

Iframes let you build user experiences into embeddable ‘cross-domain components’, which let users interact with other sites without being redirected. I have compiled 7 best Javascript iframe libraries.

1. Zoid

A cross-domain component toolkit, supporting:

  • Render an iframe or popup on a different domain, and pass down props, including objects and functions
  • Call callbacks natively from the child window without worrying about post-messaging or cross-domain restrictions
  • Create and expose components to share functionality from your site to others!
  • Render your component directly as a React, Vue or Angular component!
    It's 'data-down, actions up' style components, but 100% cross-domain using iframes and popups!

Download


2. Postmate

Postmate is a promise-based API built on postMessage. It allows a parent page to speak with a child iFrame across origins with minimal effort.

Download


3. Iframe Resizer

Keep same and cross domain iFrames sized to their content with support for window/content resizing, in page links, nesting and multiple iFrames

Demo

Download


4. Iframely

Embed proxy. Supports over 1800 domains via custom parsers, oEmbed, Twitter Cards and Open Graph

Demo

Download


5. React Frame component

This component allows you to encapsulate your entire React application or per component in an iFrame.

Demo

Download


6. Seamless.js

A seamless iframe makes it so that visitors are unable to distinguish between content within the iframe and content beside the iframe. Seamless.js is a JavaScript library (with no dependencies) that makes working with iframes easy by doing all the seamless stuff for you automatically.

Demo

Download


7. Porthole

A proxy to safely communicate to cross-domain iframes in javascript

Demo

Download


Thank for read!