Well, my grand plan to do one blog post per day of Vue quick tips failed rather quickly, but I can get two out today and get back on track. Honest, I can. While I wasn't planning on making every tip link to the previous one, my first two tips do exactly that.

My first tip explained how to disable a submit button while you waited for an Ajax call to finish. (Or any async call, and I actually used window.setTimeout instead of Ajax.) Today's tip builds on that by adding a rather simple, but helpful, modification - a loading message.

In the previous example, when you hit the submit button I disabled it while we waited for the result. You can see that in the CodePen below.

See the Pen Disable submit v2 by Raymond Camden (@cfjedimaster) on CodePen.

While the disabled button lets the user know something is going on, it would be nice to be a bit more obvious. First, let's add a new conditional div to the layout:

<div id="app" v-cloak>
  <form @submit.prevent="doSearch">
    <input type="search" v-model="term" placeholder="Search">
    <input type="submit" value="Perform Search" :disabled="searchDisabled">
  <div v-if="searching">
    <p><i>Please stand by, I'm searching...</i></p>

  <div v-if="result">
    <b>The result: </b>

Right in the middle you can see a new condition, v-if="searching" and a message inside. You could also generate an Ajax loader if you want...

Ajax loader

I then tweaked my JavaScript a little bit:

Vue.config.productionTip = false;
Vue.config.devtools = false;

const app = new Vue({
  data: {
    async doSearch() {
     if(this.term === '') return; 
     console.log(`search for ${this.term}`);
     //disable the button
     this.searchDisabled = true;
     // clear previous result
     this.result = '';
     this.searching = true;
     this.result = await searchMyAPI(this.term);
     //re-enable the button
     this.searchDisabled = false;
     this.searching = false;

async function searchMyAPI(s) {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    window.setTimeout(() => {
      resolve(`something for ${s}`);
    }, 3000);

I added a default value for searching and within doSearch, I set it to true before the search and back to false after. Here's a CodePen you can test with:

See the Pen Loading Message by Raymond Camden (@cfjedimaster) on CodePen.

That's it for this tip. I'll have the next one up later today, and hopefully, one more for Thursday and Friday. Enjoy!