redux-debounced

Debounce middleware for Redux

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redux-debounce
Debounce middleware for Redux.

What's debounce?

Debounce allows you to discard a fast paced action from updating your state until a certain period of time passes after the last action is fired.
If you have a search that happens when someone types in a text box you can use this middleware to only fire your action after the user has stopped for a specified period of time.
$ npm install --save redux-debounced

Usage

First, add some debounce metadata to your actions using the Flux Standard Action pattern:
const action = {
  type: 'MY_ACTION',
  meta: {
    debounce: {
      time: 300
    }
  }
};

To enable Redux Debounce:
import { createStore, applyMiddleware } from 'redux';
import createDebounce from 'redux-debounced';
import rootReducer from './reducers/index';

// create a store that has redux-debounced middleware enabled
const createStoreWithMiddleware = applyMiddleware(
  createDebounce()
)(createStore);

const store = createStoreWithMiddleware(rootReducer);

You can also specify your own key rather than using the action type this is useful if you're already using a promise middleware.
Since promise middleware doesn't have a single type associated to it you can specify your own key for the middleware to keep track of your action being dispatched.
const action = {
  types: ['MY_ACTION_REQUEST', 'MY_ACTION_SUCCESS', 'MY_ACTION_FAILURE'],
  promise: () => {},
  meta: {
    debounce: {
      time: 300,
      key: 'myAction'
    }
  }
};

Leading or trailing debouncing

You can specify if the action should be dispatch on the leading and/or trailing edge of the debounce. This implementation is similar to the lodash _.debounce() method. By default, leading = false and trailing = true. If both values are set to false, the action will not be debounced.
const action = {
  type: 'MY_ACTION',
  meta: {
    debounce: {
      time: 300,
      // The action will be dispatched at the beginning of the debounce and not at the end
      leading: true,
      trailing: false
    }
  }
};

Cancelling a Debounced Action (Advanced)

If you need to cancel a debounced action, you can set the cancel flag to true:
const action = {
  type: 'MY_ACTION',
  meta: {
    debounce: {
      cancel: true
    }
  }
};

// OR

const otherAction = {
  type: 'CANCEL_OTHER_ACTION',
  meta: {
    debounce: {
      cancel: true,
      key: 'MY_ACTION'
    }
  }
}

This works in conjunction with the custom key metadata. This can be useful if one action may need to cancel another debounced action (e.g., a debounced API call that does not need to run if another action comes in).
Important - A cancel action will terminate in the middleware without propagating further. It will not show up DevTools or cause other side effects. So you cannot "piggyback" a cancel on another call at this time.

Debouncing a thunk

If you want to use redux-debounced with redux-thunk add the meta object as a property to the thunk function and the debounced middleware should be applied before the thunk middleware.
import { createStore, applyMiddleware } from 'redux';
import thunkMiddleware from 'redux-thunk';
import createDebounce from 'redux-debounced';

const store = createStore(
  rootReducer,
  applyMiddleware(createDebounce(), thunk)
);

export function trackCustomerSearch(key) {
  const thunk = dispatch => {
    console.log('Search Key ----> ', key);
  };
  thunk.meta = {
    debounce: {
      time: 2500,
      key: 'TRACK_CUSTOMER_SEARCH'
    }
  };
  return thunk;
}

Important - A key must be specified as the thunk has no type.

License

MIT License