Live Queries

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    Couchbase mobile database live query concepts

    Activating a Live Query

    A live query is a query that, once activated, remains active and monitors the database for changes; refreshing the result set whenever a change occurs. As such, it is a great way to build reactive user interfaces — especially table/list views — that keep themselves up to date.

    So, a simple use case may be: A replicator running and pulling new data from a server, whilst a live-query-driven UI automatically updates to show the data without the user having to manually refresh. This helps your app feel quick and responsive.

    To activate a LiveQuery just add a change listener to the query statement. It will be immediately active. When a change is detected the query automatically runs, and posts the new query result to any observers (change listeners).

    Example 1. Starting a Live Query
    query = QueryBuilder
        .select(SelectResult.all())
        .from(DataSource.database(database)) (1)
    
    // Adds a query change listener.
    // Changes will be posted on the main queue.
    let token = query.addChangeListener { (change) in (2)
        for result in change.results! {
            print(result.keys)
            /* Update UI */
        }
    } (3)
    1 Build the query statements
    2 Activate the live query by attaching a listener. Save the token in order to detach the listener and stop the query later — se Example 2
    Example 2. Stop a LIve Query
    query.removeChangeListener(withToken: token) (1)
    1 Here we use the change lister token from Example 1 to remove the listener. Doing so stops the live query.