Version: 0.14.0

Offline Support

Offix provides first class support for performing GraphQL operations while offline. Mutations are held in a queue that is configured to hold requests while the client is offline. When the client goes offline for long periods of time they will still be able negotiate local updates with the server state thanks to powerful conflict resolution strategies.

Offix-client offers a comprehensive set of features to perform data operations when offline. Thanks to the offline mutation store users can stage their changes to be replicated back to the server when they return online.

Please follow chapters below for more information.

Querying local cache

By default queries are cached based on the type and id field, and the results of performed queries are cached as well and they will be available when the client is offline.

Because of this, when mutations that can change query results are performed, the refetchQueries or update options of the mutate method should be used to ensure the local cache is kept up to date.

Offix makes your cache simple to manage, with out of the box cache helpers in offix-cache or by automatically wrapping these helpers in offix-client through the OfflineClient class.

To use the offlineMutate function, we first need to create our MutationHelperOptions object. This is an extension of Apollo's MutationOptions.

const { CacheOperation } = require('offix-cache');
const mutationOptions = {
mutation: ADD_TASK,
variables: {
title: 'item title'
},
updateQuery: {
query: GET_TASKS,
variables: {
filterBy: 'some filter'
}
},
returnType: 'Task',
operationType: CacheOperation.ADD,
idField: 'id'
};

We can also provide more than one query to update in the cache by providing an array to the updateQuery parameter:

const mutationOptions = {
...
updateQuery: [
{ query: GET_TASKS, variables: {} }
]
,
...
};

We then simply pass this object to offlineMutate and our cache is automatically kept up to date.

client.offlineMutate(mutationOptions);

If you do not wish to use offline capabilities of offix for some mutations, use the client.mutate function. client.mutate will not react to the changes in the network state. Requests are not enqueued into offline queue.

Offline Workflow

When offline client.offlineMutate function will return immediately after is called. Returned promise will resolve into error (catch method is triggered). Developers can detect if error is an offline error and watch for change to be replicated back to server.

Example:

client.offlineMutate(...).catch((error)=> {
// 1. Detect if this was an offline error
if (error.offline){
// 2. We can still track when offline change is going to be replicated.
error.watchOfflineChange().then(...)
}
});

Note: Additionally to watching individual mutations framework offers global offline listener that can be supplied when creating client.

Global Update Functions

Apollo client holds all mutation parameters in memory. An offline Apollo client will continue to store mutation parameters and once online, it will restore all mutations to memory. Any Update Functions that are supplied to mutations cannot be cached by an Apollo client resulting in the loss of all optimisticResponses after a restart. Update functions supplied to mutations cannot be saved in the cache. As a result, all optimisticResponses will disappear from the application after a restart and it will only reappear when the Apollo client becomes online and successfully syncs with the server.

To prevent the loss of all optimisticResponses after a restart, you can configure the update functions to restore all optimisticResponses.

const updateFunctions = {
// Can contain update functions from each component
...ItemUpdates,
...TasksUpdates
};
let config = {
mutationCacheUpdates: updateFunctions
};

Making modifications when offline

Client provides queue that stores mutations performed when offline. By default queue saves data in storage to be available after application restarts. Queue will hold requests until application will come back online.

Developers can adjust how queue will process new mutations by supplying custom NetworkStatus implementation.

Listening for Events

It is possible to provide offlineQueueListener in config to be notified about offline related events:

client.registerOfflineEventListener({
onOperationEnqueued(operation) {
// called when operation was placed on the queue
},
onOperationFailure: (operation) => {
// called when the operation failed
},
onOperationSuccess: (operation) => {
// called when the operation was fulfilled
},
onOperationRequeued: (operation) => {
// called when an operation was loaded in from storage and placed back on the queue
// This would happen across app restarts
},
queueCleared() {
// called when all operations are fulfilled and the queue is cleared
}
});

Below is an example ApolloQueueEntryOperation object.

{
qid: 'client:abc123'
op: {
context: {
operationName: 'createItem',
conflictBase: undefined,
idField: 'id',
returnType: 'Item'
},
mutation: <mutation object parsed by gql>,
optimisticResponse: <optimistic response object>,
variables: <mutation variables>
}
}

ApolloQueueEntryOperation objects have two top level fields:

  • qid - Queue ID. This ID is randomly generated and mostly used by the OfflineQueue.
  • op - The operation. In offix-client It's of type MutationOptions, the options object passed into client.offlineMutate with some extra metadata set by offix-client.

Cache

Apollo Offline Client strongly leverages Apollo Cache. Please follow documentation for more information about caching in Apollo GraphQL

https://www.apollographql.com/docs/react/advanced/caching.html

Querying your data

Cache is used to hold data that can be fetched when client is offline. To effectively work with cache users can use cache-first fetchPolicy when performing queries. This policy will try to use local cache in situations when cache was already populated with the server side data.

return (
this.apollo.watchQuery <
YourType >
{
query: YOUR_QUERY,
fetchPolicy: 'cache-first'
}
);

Cache is going to be refueled by subscriptions, pooling or regular queries happening in UI.

Designing your Types

By default, OfflineClient assumes your GraphQL types have always have an id field. An id field is also expected from server responses. If your GraphQL types do not use id as the field name, a custom id field can be used.

Using Custom id Fields

If your types use a different id field, for example uuid, take the following steps.

define a dataIdFromObject function for the Apollo Cache.

The Apollo Cache needs to understand how to compose an id for a given object coming from queries and mutations. By default the ID is composed as ${object.__typename}:${object.id}, example User:123

The following type uses uuid as the id field.

type User {
uuid: ID
name: String
}

To support this case, a custom dataIdFromObject field should be passed.

const cache = new InMemoryCache({
dataIdFromObject: (data) => {
return `${data.__typename}:${data.uuid}`
}
})
const client = new ApolloOfflineClient({ cache, ...})

See the Apollo Cache Documentation for more details.

Pass idField in offlineMutate

When calling offlineMutate, the idField option should be included.

client.offlineMutate({
mutation: CREATE_USER,
variables: {...},
idField: 'uuid',
returnType: 'User'
})