Stanley Giovany Stanley Giovany - 3 months ago 8
Android Question

find out if child event listener on firebase completely load all data

I'm using firebase for storing and retrieving data for my android application, in my activity i'm retrieve all data (example: list user data) from firebase using childEventListener.

My problem is:

I want to show a progress bar as long as the data is not completely retrieved from firebase using childEventListener. How to check if all data is completely retrieved? because i want to close the progress bar after the data is completely retrieved.

Any answer would be appreciated, thanks!

Answer

There is a common way to detect when Firebase is done synchronizing the initial data on a given location. This approach makes use of one of the Firebase event guarantees:

Value events are always triggered last and are guaranteed to contain updates from any other events which occurred before that snapshot was taken.

So if you have both a ValueEventListener and a ChildEventListener on a given location, the ValueEventListener.onDataChange() is guaranteed to be called after all the onChildAdded() calls have happened. You can use this to know when the initial data loading is done:

ref.addListenerForSingleValueEvent(new ValueEventListener() {
    public void onDataChange(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot) {
        System.out.println("We're done loading the initial "+dataSnapshot.getChildrenCount()+" items");
    }
    public void onCancelled(FirebaseError firebaseError) { }
});
ref.addChildEventListener(new ChildEventListener() {
    public void onChildAdded(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot, String previousKey) {
        System.out.println("Add "+dataSnapshot.getKey()+" to UI after "+previousKey);
    }
    public void onChildChanged(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot, String s) {
    }
    public void onChildRemoved(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot) {
    }
    public void onChildMoved(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot, String s) {
    }
    public void onCancelled(FirebaseError firebaseError) { }
});

In my test run this results in:

Add -K2WLjgH0es40OGWp6Ln to UI after null
Add -K2YyDkM4lUotI12OnOs to UI after -K2WLjgH0es40OGWp6Ln
Add -K2YyG4ScQMuRDoFogA9 to UI after -K2YyDkM4lUotI12OnOs
...
Add -K4BPqs_cdj5SwARoluP to UI after -K4A0zkyITWOrxI9-2On
Add -K4BaozoJDUsDP_X2sUu to UI after -K4BPqs_cdj5SwARoluP
Add -K4uCQDYR0k05Xqyj6jI to UI after -K4BaozoJDUsDP_X2sUu
We're done loading the initial 121 items

So you could use the onDataChanged() event to hide the progress bar.

But one thing to keep in mind: Firebase doesn't just load data. It continuously synchronizes data from the server to all connected clients. As such, there is not really any moment where the data is completely retrieved.

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