Tutorial: #Hashtags


Hashtags are like a quick filter for searches and in the case of Argos, used to insert predefined Where expressions. For example: #open may insert 'Status eq "open", any other part of the search will go through the normal search formatting.

Adding a Hashtag

Here we will be adding a simple hash tag to our Account List view (from the Argos-Template Guide) for finding small businesses with less than 10,000 in revenue using #10k.

1. Open argos-template/src/Views/Account/List.js and add a new property hashTagQueries and set it to an object with a key of 10k with value 'Revenue lt 10000':

hashTagQueries: {
   '10k': 'Revenue lt 10000'

2. Save and open your app, but before going to the List open your network tools in your browser. Then browse to List and in the search bar type #10k and hit search.

3. You should see a new set of results and in your network tab a GET request with a url containing &where=(Revenue%20lt%2010000).

4. To continue adding hashtags just keep adding more key value pairs to the hashTagQueries object for that view.

Localizing Hashes

Hash tags a special case for localization as we need to create a map for the localization version to the English version that is set to the actual where expression. While that sounds a bit complicated it is really easy to implement.

1. In the List.js we just added the #10k tag, add a new property named hashTagQueriesText and set it as an object with a key '10k' and value '10k' (think of it as English to English):

hashTagQueriesText: {
   '10k': '10k'

2. As mentioned in the Localization topic any variable ending in Text gets picked up, so this will too. The localization will override only the value leaving the key intact.

3. Let's say we wanted to add localization support for the German, open up argos-template/localization/template/en.js. It should be empty except for the define wrapper.

4. Within call the localize function passing the string 'Mobile.Template.Views.Account.List' as the first parameter and as a second parameter an empty object:

define('localization/Template/en', ['localization/en', 'Mobile/Template/ApplicationModule'], function() {
   localize("Mobile.Template.Views.Account.List", {

5. In the empty object we can pass overrides that get "deeply" mixed in. Meaning if our original hashTagQueriesText had 10 key values and we only called localize with 5 key values, it would only replace the 5 we passed in and not replace the entire object.

6. Add the hashTagQueriesText with a key of 10k (the key matches the key in hashTagQueries) and a value of '10tds' (German abbreviation for thousand):

    localize("Mobile.Template.Views.Account.List", {
        hashTagQueriesText: {
            '10k': '10tds'

7. Save and run. If you type in #10tds into the search bar you will get the same filtered results as before. This happens because the hash engine matches up the keys of the two objects to the two values.