Ember Data 2.7 and 2.8 Beta Released

– By Brendan McLoughlin

Ember Data 2.7, a minor version release of Ember Data, is released. This release represents the work of over 27 direct contributors, and over 103 commits.

Ember Data 2.8 beta.1, the branch of Ember Data that will be released as stable in roughly six weeks, is also being released.

Blueprint Changes

In Ember Data 2.5 there was a change made to the blueprints to use module paths when importing instead of importing the default DS namespace. At the time this was thought to be a minor change and did not receive much scrutiny. However, in time the Ember Data team has discovered that the changes to the import statements in the blueprints have made it more confusing for both new and experienced Ember developers.

In Ember Data 2.5 and Ember Data 2.6 the following generator command for building a model:

ember generate model post content isDraft:boolean comments:has-many user:belongs-to

It would generate the following blueprint:

// app/models/post.js
import Model from 'ember-data/model';
import attr from 'ember-data/attr';
import { belongsTo, hasMany } from 'ember-data/relationships';

export default Model.extend({
  content: attr(),
  isDraft: attr('boolean'),
  comments: hasMany('comment'),
  user: belongsTo('user')

Ember Data 2.7 the same command will now generate the following blueprint:

// app/models/post.js
import DS from 'ember-data';

export default DS.Model.extend({
  content: DS.attr(),
  isDraft: DS.attr('boolean'),
  comments: DS.hasMany('comment'),
  user: DS.belongsTo('user')

The main difference is the blueprints no longer use the paths to import specific modules. We have found that encouraging users to omit the paths results in better defaults for both new and experienced Ember developers. The simpler import DS from 'ember-data'; statement has less room for typos and other errors and is easier to developers to remember so they do not need reference documentation whenever they want to add a new import.

This change only impacts the blueprints that are generated when using the ember-cli generate command. Code that is written to use the path imports will still continue to work and be supported until at least Ember Data 3.0.

The Ember Data team will also be releasing patch releases to Ember Data 2.5 and 2.6 to update their blueprint generators to match Ember Data 2.7.

Changes in Ember Data 2.7

ds-boolean-transform-allow-null #4022

Allow null/undefined values for boolean attributes via attr('boolean', { allowNull: true })

// app/models/user.js
import DS from 'ember-data';

export default DS.Model.extend({
  email: DS.attr('string'),
  username: DS.attr('string'),
  wantsWeeklyEmail: DS.attr('boolean', { allowNull: true })

This feature exposes a links object on a RecordArray. This can be used to load additional links when present in the response JSON-API document.

store.query('post', { isRecent: true }).then((posts) => {

Thanks to @danmcclain for implementing this feature.

Upcoming Features in Ember Data 2.8.beta-1

ds-improved-ajax #3099

The ds-improved-ajax feature was originally planned to be released in Ember Data 2.7. However, feedback from the beta found that many people are overriding ajax() to change the protocol of the adapter and the new methods added in made ds-improved-ajax made this usecase harder to achieve. The Ember Data team has decided to delay the ds-improved-ajax feature flag until the Ember Data 2.8 release while improving the API for this usecase.

The ds-improved-ajax feature adds new public methods to DS.RESTAdapter, which allow to customize the properties of a request:

  • methodForRequest to get the HTTP verb
  • urlForRequest to get the URL
  • headersForRequest to get the headers
  • dataForRequest to get the data (query params or request body)

The params hash passed to those methods has all the properties with which the corresponding find, createRecord, findQuery, … calls have been invoked: store, type, snapshot(s), id(s) and query. The requestType property indicates which method is requested; the possible values are:

  • createRecord
  • updateRecord
  • deleteRecord
  • query
  • queryRecord
  • findRecord
  • findAll
  • findMany
  • findHasMany
  • findBelongsTo

Performing the actual AJAX request is handled by the makeRequest method, which is similar to the existing ajax method: it makes the request using jQuery.ajax and attaches success and failure handlers.

Say your API handles creation of resources via PUT, this can now be customized as follows:

// adapters/application.js
import DS from 'ember-data';

export default DS.RESTAdapter.extend({
  methodForRequest(params) {
    if (params.requestType === 'createRecord') {
      return "PUT";

    return this._super(...arguments);

Thanks to @pangratz for implementing this feature.

For more details on changes in the 2.8 beta, please review the Ember Data 2.8.0-beta.1 CHANGELOG.