toddg toddg - 1 year ago 82
Javascript Question

Parse JavaScript SDK and Promise Chaining

I have created a Background Job in Parse Cloud Code that sends out email notifications based on a date in one of my Parse classes.

Here is the idea: Query the class that contains the date. Iterate over each object returned and check the date field. If the date is equal to today, send out an email notification, change the date to null and save it back to Parse.

However, it seems that not all the objects are saved back to Parse. I suspect this an issue with my promise chains, but I am having a hard time diagnosing the exact issue or how to fix it. Below is relevant code

Parse.Cloud.job("job", function(request, status) {

// Query for all users
var query = new Parse.Query(className);
query.each(function(object) {

if (condition) {

object.set(key, false);, {
// This never executes!
error: function(error){


// This never executes
console.log("Save objects successful");
status.error("Uh oh, something went wrong saving object");

// Set hiatus end successful


This line
console.log("Save objects successful");
in the promise chain does not ever get executed - even when the subscription object is successfully saved to Parse.

Additionally, if there are more than 5 objects returned by the query, only the first 5 are successfully saved back to Parse. Any additional saves are not executed and email notifications are not sent.

Answer Source

I'd clean it up as follows, relying on Promise.when ...

var savePromises = [];  // this will collect save promises 
var emailPromises = [];  // this will collect email promises 

// your code to setup the query here
// notice that this uses find() here, not each()
query.find(function(subscriptions) {
    _.each(subscriptions, function(subscription) { // or a for loop, if you don't use underscore

        // modify each subscription, then

        // prepare each email then
        var emailPromise = Mailgun.sendEmail({ /* your email params object here */ });

    // now do the saves
    return Parse.Promise.when(savePromises);
}).then(function() {
    // now do the emails
    return Parse.Promise.when(emailPromises);
}).then(function() {
    // Set the job's success status
    status.success("Subscriptions successfully fetched");

// and so on with your code

You might also consider combining the saves and the emails into one big array of promises, but it might be better to do it in two batches serially since they have different failure modes.