Displaying Links for Pagination
How to create links to other pages in your paginated data in your views.
In the chapter titled Getting Paginated Data, we talked about how to get pages of records from the database (records 11-20, for example). Now we'll show you how to create links to the other pages in your view.
Given that you have only fetched one paginated query in your controller, this will output the links for that query using some sensible defaults.
How simple is that?
Simple is good, but sometimes you want a little more control over how the links are displayed. You can control the output of the links in a number of different ways. We'll show you the most important ones here. Please refer to the paginationLinks() documentation for all other uses.
The name Argument
By default, Wheels will create all links with page as the variable that holds the page numbers. So the HTML code will look something like this:
To change page to something else, you use the name argument like so:
By the way, perhaps you noticed how Wheels chose to use that hideous question mark in the URL, despite the fact that you have URL rewriting turned on? Because paginationLinks() uses linkTo() in the background, you can easily get rid of it by creating a custom route. You can read more about this in the Using Routes chapter.
The windowSize Argument
This controls how many links to show around the current page. If you are currently displaying page 6 and pass in
windowSize=3, Wheels will generate links to pages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 (three on each side of the current page).
The alwaysShowAnchors Argument
If you pass in true here, it means that no matter where you currently are in the pagination or how many page numbers exist in total, links to the first and last page will always be visible.
Most of the time, you'll only deal with one paginated query per page. But in those cases where you need to get/show more than one paginated query, you can use the handle argument to tell Wheels which query it is that you are referring to.
This argument has to be passed in to both the
findAll()function and the
paginationLinks()function. (You assign a handle name in the
findAll()function and then request the data for it in
Here is an example of using handles:
In the controller...
users = model("user").findAll(handle="userQuery", page=params.page, perPage=25);
blogs = model("blog").findAll(handle="blogQuery", page=params.page, perPage=25);
In the view...
That's all you need to know about showing pagination links to get you started. As always, the best way to learn how the view functions work is to just play around with the arguments and see what HTML is produced.