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Version: 6.1

Debugging and Inspection

By default CacheProvider includes the DevToolsManager, which means in development mode (process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production') it will send state and actions to Redux DevTools.

Getting Started

Install browser extension

Add the browser extension for chrome extension or firefox extension

Ensure Manager is installed

By default this is enabled in dev mode. If using your own set of managers, add DevToolsManager to the beginning of the list.

Open dev tools

After installing and running your site, a new icon should appear in your location bar

redux-devtools button

Clicking that will open the inspector, which allows you to observe dispatched actions, their effect on the cache state as well as current cache state.

redux-devtools

Understanding Rest Hooks Cache

Rest Hooks uses the flux architecture to make it easy to understand and debug. This also has the benefit of making Rest Hooks concurrent mode compatible.

The same core principals of redux apply to this store's design.

flux

Here we see the data flow.

For example, when a useResource() hook is first mounted it might

  • Start by dispatching a fetch action
  • If no identical fetches are in-flight, the central store will then start the network call over HTTP
  • When the network call resolves, a receive action is sent to the store's reducer, updating the state.
  • The component is re-rendered with the updated state, resolving the suspense.

More about control flow

Normalized Cache

If schemas are used, API responses are split into two pieces - entities, and results. This ensures consistency and alows allows for automatic as well as novel performances optimizations, especially key if the data ever changes or is repeated.

Entities cache

Once normalized, these entities and results are merged with the larger cache. Click on the 'state' tab in devtools to see the entire state. This can be useful to determine exactly where data is. There is also a 'meta' section of the cache for information like when the request took place (useful for TTL).

Dev tools state inspector

For monitoring a particular fetch response, it might be more useful to see how the cache state updates. Click on the 'Diff' tab to see what changed.

Dev tools diff inspector

Here we can see that an entity was inserted as well as new results.