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models can.Model.models


Convert raw data into can.Model instances.

can.Model.models(data[, oldList])


  1. data {Array<Object>}

    The raw data from a findAll() request.

  2. oldList {can.Model.List}Optional

    If supplied, this List will be updated with the data from data.



A List of Models made from the raw data.

can.Model.models(data, xhr) is used to convert the raw response of a can.Model.findAll request into a can.Model.List of model instances.

This method is rarely called directly. Instead the deferred returned by findAll is piped into models. This creates a new deferred that resolves to a can.Model.List of instances instead of an array of simple JS objects.

If your server is returning data in non-standard way, overwriting can.Model.models is the best way to normalize it.

Quick Example

The following uses models to convert to a can.Model.List of model instances.

Task = can.Model.extend({},{})
var tasks = Task.models([
  {id: 1, name : "dishes", complete : false},
  {id: 2, name: "laundry", compelte: true}

tasks.attr("0.complete", true)

Non-standard Services

can.Model.models expects data to be an array of name-value pair objects like:

[{id: 1, name : "dishes"},{id:2, name: "laundry"}, ...]

It can also take an object with additional data about the array like:

  count: 15000 //how many total items there might be
  data: [{id: 1, name : "justin"},{id:2, name: "brian"}, ...]

In this case, models will return a can.Model.List of instances found in data, but with additional properties as expandos on the list:

var tasks = Task.models({
  count : 1500,
  data : [{id: 1, name: 'dishes'}, ...]
tasks.attr("name") // -> 'dishes'
tasks.count // -> 1500

Overwriting Models

If your service returns data like:

{thingsToDo: [{name: "dishes", id: 5}]}

You will want to overwrite models to pass the base models what it expects like:

Task = can.Model.extend({
  models : function(data){
    return can.Model.models.call(this,data.thingsToDo);

can.Model.models passes each intstance's data to can.Model.model to create the individual instances.