In some of the newer web UI’s such as Tumblr and Twitter the data is fetched dynamically when you reach a fixed location in the form, this is a simpler approach than the one demonstrated by the list model but in some regards its more practical. A user can’t just start jumping around and fetching the entire list, this works better with most REST API’s and is pretty powerful on its own.
My initial thought was to create a Container subclass or even add support for this into Container itself, but eventually I came to the conclusion that this is really unnecessary and we can accomplish something like this without modifying the internal code. For this purpose we created the
InfiniteScrollAdapter which is a really simple class that binds to a container and gives you the ability to add components to it. The API is remarkably simple you just invoke the static method InfiniteScrollAdapter.createInfiniteScroll() with an empty container then wait for it to invoke the runnable you submit to it.
The runnable will be invoked on the EDT so be sure not to block it (unless you use an AndWait or invokeAndBlock method), in it you can fetch data and once you are done add any set of components you like using the
addMoreComponents() method. Notice that you shouldn’t just add/remove components on your own since this will mess up the container.
Here is a simple example that adds buttons and sleeps to simulated slow network activity:
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