By Gregor Vostrak on Feb 9, 2017
jQuery.ajax() functions. Lately a new API has a emerged which aims to replace XMLHttpRequest: the Fetch API. It is now supported by most of the popular browsers out there. In this blogpost we show you how to use the Fetch API and the new Async/Await-Features of ES2017 with the API-first CMS Gentics Mesh.
Gentics Mesh provides API endpoints for us to fetch data from. To get started we need to download and start the Gentics Mesh Server.
Save the file to a new empty folder and enter
$ java -jar mesh-demo-x.x.xx.jar
into your terminal to start the Gentics Mesh server. Once started, you should be able to see it running on
For this blogpost we'll work with the demo project which is automatically included in every new Mesh setup.
Let's look at the basic structure of a Fetch API request first:
To communicate with the Gentics Mesh API we need to send an authorization header and some other headers with our requests. We define these options in a new object so we can reuse them later.
We simply pass this object over to our fetch function and set the API endpoint we want to request data from. For demonstration purposes, we'll do a GET-Request to
/nodes which returns all nodes of our demo project.
It's time to print the received data, so the user can see it in the browser window. To do that we are fetching data from the
/nodes/bd753cc9b07246e0b53cc9b072f6e070/children endpoint which returns all automobiles of our demo project.
Hint: bd753cc9b07246e0b53cc9b072f6e070 is the UUID of the "Automobiles" category and all automobiles are children of this folder. The UUID won't be the same in your instance of Gentics Mesh.
As a result you should get something like this:
There are many ways to include Babel in your setup as you can see on their setup page. To just try it out you can include their JS-File in your HTML with
<script src="https://unpkg.com/babel-standalone@6/babel.min.js"></script>. This is of course not meant for production.
As you can see in the example, there is no need for
then blocks anymore. We can simply await the fetch request and other functions to execute before continuing. It makes the code more clean and more readable.
The Fetch API and ES2017 Async/Await-Features can be used to improve the quality and readability of the code. As you can see on CanIUse, the Fetch API is pretty good supported among modern browsers. In production, you might want to use one of the available polyfills anyway.
ES2017, on the other side, lacks native browser support. So if you want to program next-gen ECMAScript and can easily integrate Babel into your setup: go for it! Otherwise, you are probably better off using the Fetch API. It really depends on the use case here.
Feel free to drop a comment if you have and questions or feedback about the shown implementation.
In addition to this blogpost we highly recommend the following resources:
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