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dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore

Status:Draft
Version:1.0
Project owner:Shane O’Sullivan
Available:since 1.2?

dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore is a data store that can be used to search Google.

Introduction

dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore is a read only data store that can be used to search Google. It implements the ‘dojo.data.api.Read API <dojo/data/api/Read>’_, which you should refer to for general usage.

GoogleSearchStore has a number of child classes, each of which implement differernt search types, e.g. Web, Books, Images etc. The default search type is Web search, which returns the same results you would get when using google.com. This means that dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore is functionally equivalent to it’s child class dojox.data.GoogleWebSearchStore.

Usage

The pattern of using the GoogleSearchStore is
  • Instantiate the class, passing in whatever variables required, all of which are optional. These include:
  • label The argument to use as the label. This is used when the getLabel function is called to retrieve the correct part of the data item. You generally shouldn’t set this.
  • key Your Google API key. This is optional, and should only be used if you for some reason want Google to track the number of requests made by your code (for analytical purposes maybe)
  • lang The language you want the results returned in. This defaults to the browsers’ language.
  • urlPreventCache Specifies whether or not to forcibly prevent caching of results. This defaults to true.
  • Call the fetch method, passing it the search query and the function to call when the query is completed. The only supported attribute of the query is text, the text to search for.
  • Iterate over the results, calling the getValue function to retrieve values from each result item. The pieces of data in each result item are
  • title The page title in HTML format
  • titleNoFormatting The page title in plain text. This is the default field used as the label.
  • content A snippet of information about the page
  • url The URL for the item.
  • unescapedUrl The URL for the item, with URL escaping. This is often more readable.
  • visibleUrl The URL with no protocol specified
  • cacheUrl The URL to the copy of the document cached by Google
  • estimatedResultCount (aggregated per-query) estimated number of results
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<script type="text/javascript">
 dojo.require("dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore");
 var store = new dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore();
 var query = {text: "dojo ajax toolkit"};
 var callbackFunction = function(items /* Array */) {
   console.log("Successfully retrieved " + items.length + " items for the query '" + query.text + "'");
   dojo.forEach(items, function(item){
     console.log ("Title is " + store.getValue(item, "title"));
     console.log ("Url is " + store.getValue(item, "unescapedUrl"));
     console.log ("Summary Content is " + store.getValue(item, "content"));
     console.log ("Cached page is at Url is " + store.getValue(item, "cacheUrl"));
   })
 };
 var onErrorFunction = function() {
   console.log("An error occurred getting Google Search data");
 }
 store.fetch({
   query: query,
   count: 20,
   start: 0,
   onComplete: callbackFunction,
   onError: onErrorFunction
 });
</script>

Examples

Programmatic example

<script type="text/javascript">
dojo.require("dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore");
function doSearch() {
  var store = new dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore();
  var query = {text: "dojo ajax toolkit"};
  var callbackFunction = function(items /* Array */) {
    var table = dojo.byId("resultTable");
    var tableBody = table.tBodies[0];
    // Show the table
    dojo.style(table, "display", "");
    dojo.forEach(items, function(item, index){
      var row = dojo.create("tr", {}, tableBody);
      var numberCell = dojo.create("td", {innerHTML: index}, row);
      var titleCell = dojo.create("td", {innerHTML: store.getValue(item, "titleNoFormatting")}, row);
      var urlCell = dojo.create("td", {}, row);
      dojo.create("a", {
                         href: store.getValue(item, "unescapedUrl"),
                         innerHTML: store.getValue(item, "unescapedUrl")
                       }, urlCell);
    })
  };
  var onErrorFunction = function() {
    console.log("An error occurred getting Google Search data");
  }
  store.fetch({
    query: query,
    count: 20,
    start: 0,
    onComplete: callbackFunction,
    onError: onErrorFunction
  });
  console.log("called fetch with query", query);
}
</script>
<div>
  <span>Enter Search Text</span>
  <input type="text" value="dojo ajax toolkit">
  <button onclick="doSearch()">Search</button>
</div>
<table id="resultTable" style="border: 1px solid black; display: none;">
  <thead>
    <th>#</th>
    <th>Title</th>
    <th>URL</th>
  </thead>
  <tbody>
  </tbody>
</table>

See also

  • TODO: links to other related articles