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Connecting an API

Ways to connect your Ember app to an API

Using FireBase

1) Set up a FireBase account and a database 2) Manually add in data to the database 3) Install emberfire through the CLI, ember install emberfire or ember install emberfire@<version#> 3) Copy the config info from FireBase and add it to config/environment. This may vary depending on the version of Ember Data, and as a consequence what version of Ember Fire is needed. 4) Generate a model that matches the data structure of what’s in FireBase 5) Use Ember Data to pull data from the database, such as with return this.store.findAll('items') 6) When setting different values to the data, remember to call the save() method:

import { set } from '@ember/object';

actions: {
  changeData(object) {
    set(object, 'name', newValue);  // Sets it on the browser
    object.save();                  // Saves changes to the database

Data returned from FireBase will often be in a promise, or data that’s waiting to be given to the program. This could also show up if using console.log on a value shows getter and setter properties. If that’s the case, you’ll need to use the get object helper to access it once the promise returns the data.

This example has an array of data (users_who_answered) given from FireBase. When each item is used while looping through it with reduce, get is used with the property to get the specific data property value. Note that using get requires these two arguments: the promise object, and the property key to return the value of.

import { get } from '@ember/object';

const all_users = this.get('users_who_answered').reduce(function(usernames, user) {
  usernames.push(get(user, 'user_codename'));

  return usernames;
}, []);