Anurag Nanda Anurag Nanda - 5 months ago 90
Javascript Question

Firebase -- Bulk delete child nodes

I am building a simple todo app using reactFire, Firebase, and reactJS. The problem I am running into is when I try to bulk delete completed entries in the list.

componentWillMount: function() {
this.ref = Firebase.database().ref("items/");
this.bindAsArray(this.ref, "items");
this.ref.on('value', this.handleDataLoaded);
}

for (var i in this.state.items) {
var key = items[i]['.key'];
if(items[i].done){
this.ref.child(key).remove();
}
}


The loop ends prematurely i.e. before deleting all the completed entries, because the render function is called.

Answer

You can delete all completed items in one go by using a multi-location update:

var updates = {};
for (var i in this.state.items) {
    var key = items[i]['.key'];
    if(items[i].done){
        updates[key] = null; // setting value to null deletes the key
    }
}
this.ref.update(updates);