ionic2-auto-complete

This is a component based on Ionic's search-bar component, with the addition of auto-complete abillity. This component is super simple and light-weight. Just provide the data, and let the fun begin.

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Ionic2-auto-complete
This is a component based on Ionic's search-bar component, with the addition of auto-complete abillity. This component is super simple and light-weight. Just provide the data, and let the fun begin.
This is a free software please feel free to contribute! :)

Angular 5.0 Support

Since Angular 5.0 was out, a several issues occured. Thanks to @CoreyCole, most of them are gone now :)
If you encounter another issues regrading Angular 5, pleae file an issue!
For more info: https://github.com/kadoshms/ionic2-autocomplete/issues/128

Installation

$ npm install ionic2-auto-complete --save

Usage guide

Open app.module.ts and add the following import statetment:
`` import { AutoCompleteModule } from 'ionic2-auto-complete'; ``
Then, add the AutoCompleteModule to the imports array:
@NgModule({
  declarations: [
    MyApp,
    HomePage,
    TabsPage,
    MyItem
  ],
  imports: [
    BrowserModule,
    AutoCompleteModule,
    FormsModule,
    HttpModule,
    IonicModule.forRoot(MyApp)
  ],
  ...
  ...
})
export class AppModule {}
Now let's import the styling file. Open app.scss and add the following:
@import "../../node_modules/ionic2-auto-complete/auto-complete";
Now, let's add the component to our app!
Add the following tag to one of your pages, in this example I am using the Homepage:
<ion-auto-complete></ion-auto-complete>
Now let's see what wev'e done so far by running ionic serve.
Now, when everything is up and running you should see a nice search-bar component. Open the developer console and try to type something.
Oh no! something is wrong. You probably see an excpetion similiar to :
EXCEPTION: Error in ./AutoCompleteComponent class AutoCompleteComponent - inline template:1:21
This is totatlly cool, for now. The exception shows up since we did not provide a dataProvider to the autocomplete component.
How does it work? So, ionic2-auto-complete is not responsible for getting the data from the server. As a developer, you should implement your own service which eventually be responsible to get the data for the component to work, as well we determing how many results to show and/or their order of display.
So there are two possibilities to provide data:
  1. A simple function that returns an Array of items
  2. An instance of 'AutocompleteService' (specified below)

Let's start by creating the service:
import {AutoCompleteService} from 'ionic2-auto-complete';
import { Http } from '@angular/http';
import {Injectable} from "@angular/core";
import 'rxjs/add/operator/map'

@Injectable()
export class CompleteTestService implements AutoCompleteService {
  labelAttribute = "name";

  constructor(private http:Http) {

  }
  getResults(keyword:string) {
    return this.http.get("https://restcountries.eu/rest/v1/name/"+keyword)
      .map(
        result =>
        {
          return result.json()
            .filter(item => item.name.toLowerCase().startsWith(keyword.toLowerCase()) )
        });
  }
}

By implementing an AutoCompleteService interface, you must implement two properties:
  1. labelAttribute string - which is the name of the object's descriptive property (leaving it null is also an option for non-object results)
  2. getResults(keyword) () => any - which is the method responsible for getting the data from server.

The getResults method can return one of:
  • an Observable that produces an array
  • a Subject (like an Observable)
  • a Promise that provides an array
  • directly an array of values

In the above example, we fetch countries data from the amazing https://restcountries.eu/ project, and we filter the results accordingly.
Important! the above example is just an example! the best practice would be to let the server to the filtering for us! Here, since I used the countries-api, that's the best I could do.
Now, we need to let ionic2-auto-complete that we want to use CompleteTestService as the data provider, edit home.ts and add private completeTestService: CompleteTestService to the constructor argument list. Should look like that:
import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { NavController } from 'ionic-angular';
import { CompleteTestService } from '../../providers/CompleteTestService';

@Component({
  selector: 'page-home',
  templateUrl: 'home.html'
})
export class HomePage {

  constructor(public navCtrl: NavController, public completeTestService: CompleteTestService) {

  }

}

Than, in home.html modify <ion-auto-complete>:
<ion-auto-complete [dataProvider]="completeTestService"></ion-auto-complete>

Now, everything should be up and ready :)

Use auto-complete in Angular FormGroup ###

Use labelAttribute as both label and form value (default behavior) ####

By default, if your dataProvider provides an array of objects, the labelAttribute property is used to take the good field of each object to display in the suggestion list. For backward compatibility, if nothing is specified, this attribute is also used to grab the value used in the form.
The page should look like this:
import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { NavController } from 'ionic-angular';
import { CompleteTestService } from '../../providers/CompleteTestService';
import { FormGroup, Validators, FormControl } from '@angular/forms'


@Component({
  selector: 'page-home',
  templateUrl: 'home.html'
})
export class HomePage {
  myForm: FormGroup

  constructor(public navCtrl: NavController, public completeTestService: CompleteTestService) {
  }

  ngOnInit(): void {
    this.myForm = new FormGroup({
      country: new FormControl('', [
        Validators.required
      ])
    })
  }

  submit(): void {
    let country = this.myForm.value.country
  }

}

Then, in home.html place the auto-complete component in the form group and add the formControlName attribute:
<form [formGroup]="myForm" (ngSubmit)="submit()" novalidate>
  <div class="ion-form-group">
    <ion-auto-complete [dataProvider]="completeTestService" formControlName="country"></ion-auto-complete>
  </div>
  <button ion-button type="submit" block>Add country</button>
</form>

Now when the submit method is called, the country is the selected country name.
NOTE As said above by default for backward compatibility, only the name is used as value not the country object.

How to use another field as form value ? ####

To indicate that you don't want the label as value but another field of the country object returned by the REST service, you can specify the attribute formValueAttribute on your dataProvider. For example, we want to use the country numeric code as value and still use the country name as label.
Let's update the service (juste declare formValueAttribute property):
import {AutoCompleteService} from 'ionic2-auto-complete';
import { Http } from '@angular/http';
import {Injectable} from "@angular/core";
import 'rxjs/add/operator/map'

@Injectable()
export class CompleteTestService implements AutoCompleteService {
  labelAttribute = "name";
  formValueAttribute = "numericCode"

  constructor(private http:Http) {
  }

  getResults(keyword:string) {
    return this.http.get("https://restcountries.eu/rest/v1/name/"+keyword)
      .map(
        result =>
        {
          return result.json()
            .filter(item => item.name.toLowerCase().startsWith(keyword.toLowerCase()) )
        });
  }
}

Now when the submit method is called, the country is the selected country numericCode. The name is still used as the label.

How to use the whole object as form value ? ####

Simply set formValueAttribute to empty string:
import {AutoCompleteService} from 'ionic2-auto-complete';
import { Http } from '@angular/http';
import {Injectable} from "@angular/core";
import 'rxjs/add/operator/map'

@Injectable()
export class CompleteTestService implements AutoCompleteService {
  labelAttribute = "name";
  formValueAttribute = ""

  constructor(private http:Http) {
  }

  getResults(keyword:string) {
    return this.http.get("https://restcountries.eu/rest/v1/name/"+keyword)
      .map(
        result =>
        {
          return result.json()
            .filter(item => item.name.toLowerCase().startsWith(keyword.toLowerCase()) )
        });
  }
}

Styling ###

Currently for best visual result, use viewport size / fixed size (pixels) if you are interested in resizing the component:
ion-auto-complete {
  width: 50vw;
}

Custom Templates (for versions 1.5.0 and above) ###

NOTE this feature uses ng-template which was introduced in Angular versions 4.0.0 and later, it might not work in earlier versions.
Ionic2-auto-complete also supports custom templates for the list items. Actually, you can display any attribute associated with your data items by simply accessing it from the data input class member in the template.
For example:
Let's assume that in addition to the country name, we also wish to display the country flag. For that, we use the ng-template directive, which let's us pass the template as an input to the component.
On the page where your ion-auto-complete is located:
<ng-template #withFlags let-attrs="attrs">
  <img src="assets/image/flags/{{attrs.data.name}}.png" class="flag" /> <span [innerHTML]="attrs.data.name | boldprefix:attrs.keyword"></span>
</ng-template>
<ion-auto-complete [dataProvider]="service" [template]="withFlags"></ion-auto-complete>

Please note that you must add the let-attrs="attrs" attribute to your template.
With that, you can easily of different templates for different components!

Old custom templates mechanism (depreacted) ####

NOTE the following is depreacted! (versions less than 1.5.0)
DEPREACTED (applies for<1.5.0) For that, we need to create a new file, let's call it for instance comp-test-item.ts:
import {AutoCompleteItem, AutoCompleteItemComponent} from 'ionic2-auto-complete';

@AutoCompleteItem({
  template: `<img src="assets/image/flags/{{data.name}}.png" class="flag" /> <span [innerHTML]="data.name | boldprefix:keyword"></span>`
})
export class CompTestItem extends AutoCompleteItemComponent{

}

And we must also add this component to our module:
@NgModule({
  declarations: [
    MyApp,
    AboutPage,
    ContactPage,
    HomePage,
    TabsPage,
    CompTestItem
  ],
  ...
  ...
  providers: [
    StatusBar,
    SplashScreen,
    CompleteTestService,
    {provide: ErrorHandler, useClass: IonicErrorHandler}
  ]

What is going on above is very simple. In order to implement a custom Item component, you need to follow these steps:
  1. Import all neccessary classes.
  2. Use the @AutoCompleteItem decorator, which currently accepts template only (templeteUrl is currently not supported).
  3. Extend the AutoCompleteItemComponent class with your own class.

DEPREACTED

Events ##

itemSelected($event) - fired when item is selected (clicked) itemsShown($event) - fired when items are shown itemsHidden($event) - fired when items are hidden ionAutoInput($event) - fired when user inputs autoFocus($event) - fired when the input is focused autoBlur($event) - fired when the input is blured

Searchbar options ##

Ionic2-auto-complete supports the regular Ionic's Searchbar options, which are set to their default values as specified in the docs.
You can override these default values by adding the [options] attribute to the <ion-auto-complete> tag, for instance:
<ion-auto-complete [dataProvider]="someProvider" [options]="{ placeholder : 'Lorem Ipsum' }"></ion-auto-complete>
Options include, but not limited to:
  1. debounce (default is 250)
  2. autocomplete ("on" and "off")
  3. type ("text", "password", "email", "number", "search", "tel", "url". Default "search".)
  4. placeholder (default "Search")

Component specific options

In addition to the searchbar options, ion-auto-complete also supports the following option attributes:
  • template (TemplateRef) - custom template reference for your auto complete items (see below)
  • showResultsFirst (Boolean) - for small lists it might be nicer to show all options on first tap (you might need to modify your service to handle an empty keyword)
  • alwaysShowList (Boolean) - always show the list - defaults to false)
  • hideListOnSelection (Boolean) - if allowing multiple selections, it might be nice not to dismiss the list after each selection - defaults to true)

Will set the Searchbar's placeholder to Lorem Ipsum

Accessing Searchbar component ##

By using the @ViewChild() decorator, and the built-in getValue() method we can easily access the actual value in the searchbar component. Just define a new property within the desired page, for instance (the chosen names are arbitrary):
@ViewChild('searchbar')
searchbar: AutoCompleteComponent;

And then, in the component tag we need to add #searchbar:
<ion-auto-complete [dataProvider]="provider" #searchbar></ion-auto-complete>

Available methods:
  1. getValue(): this.searchbar.getValue() - get the string value of the selected item
  2. getSelection(): this.searchbar.getSelection() - get the selected object
  3. setFocus(): this.searchbar.setFocus() - focus on searchbar

ngModel (since 1.5.3) ##

Many thanks to bushybuffalo for contributing this cool feature. You can now bind the component with an ngModel. Please note that if you use an object as your model, the component will try to achieve the initial keyword value using the labelAttribute. For plain string models, it will just use the value itself.

Contributing ##

To contribute, clone the repo. Then, run npm install to get the packages needed for the library to work. Running gulp will run a series of tasks that builds the files in /src into /dist. Replace the /dist into whatever Ionic application's node_modules where you're testing your changes to continously improve the library.