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Lesson 8

Using the Expand Operator to Fetch Recursively


Using the Expand Operator to Fetch Recursively

The last key feature we need to implement is to actually make use of the gifsRequired value (i.e. how many gifs we should display per request), but there is some hidden complexity here. Let’s consider how we would actually implement this.

At the moment, we fetch GIFs from this URL:

  `https://www.reddit.com/r/${subreddit}/hot/.json?limit=100` +
    (after ? `&after=${after}` : '')

Notice that we supply a limit=100 to tell the Reddit API how many posts we want to return. It then might seem sensible to implement a gifsRequired limit like this:

  `https://www.reddit.com/r/${subreddit}/hot/.json?limit=${gifsRequired}` +
    (after ? `&after=${after}` : '')

However, that won’t quite work for us. At the moment this is what we do:

  1. Fetch 100 posts from Reddit
  2. Filter those to only include valid GIFs
  3. Display those GIFs

The actual number of GIFs we end up displaying in our application won’t necessarily be 100 or whatever limit we supply, it could be anywhere from 0 to 100. This is where things get tricky.

We will continue to discuss this as we implement the solution, but the general idea that we want to implement is (assuming an initial gifsRequired value of 20):

  1. Fetch 100 posts from Reddit
  2. Filter those for valid GIFs
  3. If there are less than 20 valid GIFs, keep hitting the API until we do have 20 valid GIFs

The tricky part is that last step, and it is where the expand operator will become extremely useful.

Implement the expand operator


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