It’s minimal because I don’t implement the following features in the pagination:
- Current page
- Previous page
- Next page
- Total items
Let’s assume you have a collection called cars, and you don’t want to return all the items at once, for the sake of your frontend application or API consumers. A quick way to implement simple and yet functional pagination is:
- To limit the query results. It’s a good idea to set a default limit value.
- Enabling API consumers to set the results limit when performing a request, using query variables.
- Enabling API consumers to set the page or offset value when performing a query, using query variables.
- Ensuring that both query variables are integers, offset is equal or greater than 0, and the limit variable is equal or greater than 1 and less than the default limit.
To materialize what I just described, I will be using MongoDB with Mongoose, and Nodejs with Express:
In the code above, I:
- Set the default results limit value to 50.
- I assign the query variables
offsetvalues as an integer in their respective constants, if they were defined or, if they were not defined, the default values 50 and 0 are used.
- I validate both parameters. As I told in the comments, I usually do this type of validations in the middleware level using express-validation and joi.
- Then I finally perform the query on the
From MongoDB documentation:
In more simple words, when you specify
Model.find().limit(50).skip(1) while performing a query, MongoDB ignores the first 50 results and only returns the results starting from 51 to 101.