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Delaying launch for stores to load

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A common request I hear from many people is how to delay the application's launch method from being executed. First, let's investigate the problem. Say you have a normal app/Application.js that looks like:

Ext.define('Fiddle.Application', {
    extend : '',

    name : 'Fiddle',

    stores : [

    launch : function() {
        var store1 = Ext.getStore('Store1'),
            store2 = Ext.getStore('Store2'),
            store3 = Ext.getStore('Store3');

        console.log('store1 isLoaded', store1.isLoaded());
        console.log('store2 isLoaded', store2.isLoaded());
        console.log('store3 isLoaded', store3.isLoaded());

        Ext.Msg.alert('Fiddle', 'All stores are loaded!');

In the launch method you have some code that depends on the stores being loaded. Ok, this example just has some console.logs so use your imagination some. I could add logic to the launch method and execute some other method on this class sure but there may be a more elegant way. If you were to run this right now, your Ext.Msg.alert would happen but all the console.logs would show false for the isLoaded method calls because the load hasn't happened yet. So what we need to do is add load listeners to the stores and only execute the launch method when all stores have loaded.

What I like to do is keep app/Application.js looking like it is and create an override on the class. What this override will do is change the launch method so that we can check if the stores have loaded. When they have all loaded, then execute the original launch method.

Let's take a look at a Sencha Fiddle as an example:

Looking at the different files, we have the 3 stores defined. Store1 and Store3 have autoLoad set to true but Store2 does not so we only need to wait for Store1 and Store3 to load.

If you want, you can take a peak at overrides/app/Application.js to see how I take control of the launch method. Here's a rundown. The launch method gets transformed in the cleverly named transformLaunch method into a function that checks if all stores are loaded. The other method that is important is the isStoreLoaded method, this is important because this tells the override if the store has loaded in order to add the load listener and to tell if all stores have loaded. You may need to add additional logic dependent on your application's situation. If you need to modify that logic, I like to keep the override like it is and add that logic into my app/Application.js class so the logic is upfront in the app.

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