Using Remix Loader for Fetching Data

Using Remix Loader for Fetching Data

Remix is a full stack web framework where data is rendered on the server for the client, adhering to web standards. Use Remix for a slick and resilient developer experience!

In this guide, we will walk through setting up a Remix project with Grafbase and then add a loader for fetching data.

To follow along, have these things installed:

  • Node.js version (^14.17.0, or >=16.0.0)
  • npm 7 or greater
npx create-remix@latest your-project-name

This is followed with prompts to install needed packages like create-remix, and What type of app do you want to create?, with this guide selecting Just the basics.

The next few prompts ask where to deploy and typescript or javascript. This example uses Remix App Server to deploy, and Typescript, completing the installation with npm install.

After choosing the default options and installing packages, it is ready for development!

Navigate to your new Remix project

cd your-project-name

View the default application by running npm run dev and browsing localhost:3000.

Create a GraphQL backend by initializing Grafbase with

npx grafbase@latest init

This generates a file grafbase/schema.graphql in the project root folder.

Open the schema.graphql file and replace the contents with

type Message @model { author: String! body: String! }

Start Grafbase locally with a command and navigate to localhost:4000

npx grafbase@latest dev

Add data by running a mutation in the playground

mutation { messageCreate(input: { author: "Dev", body: "GraphQL and Remix" }) { message { id } } }

Verify the data is created with the return

{ "data": { "messageCreate": { "message": { "id": "message_01GXXQCQKOT15RRX65DF10CD8H" } } } }

Now that we have data in our local instance, let's edit the app/routes/_index.tsx page to fetch data with a Remix loader.

Replace the default function to return an unordered list, with the messages to be defined in the next step.

export default function Index() { return ( <main> <h3>Grafbase Messages</h3> <ul> { ({ node }: { node: any }) => ( <li key={}> {} - {node.body} - {node.createdAt} </li> ), )} </ul> </main> ) }

Add the message and data types outside the function, along with the query for getting messages

type Message = { id: string author: string body: string createdAt: string } type Data = { data: { messageCollection: { edges: { node: Message }[] } } } const GetAllMessagesQuery = /* GraphQL */ ` query GetAllMessages($first: Int!) { messageCollection(first: $first) { edges { node { id author body createdAt } } } } `

Add an import statement

import { useLoaderData } from '@remix-run/react'

Define the loader function and the fetch request (or other client request) to send the GraphQL query

export async function loader() { const response = await fetch('localhost:4000/graphql', { method: 'POST', headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json', }, body: JSON.stringify({ query: GetAllMessagesQuery, variables: { first: 100, }, }), }) return (await response.json()) as Data }

And lastly, add your messages using Remix's useLoaderData to your default function, to populate your page!

let messages = useLoaderData<typeof loader>()

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