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Book detail page

The Book detail page needs to display the information for a specific Book, identified using its (automatically generated) _id field value, along with information about each associated copy in the libary (BookInstance). Wherever we display an author, genre, or book instance, these should be linked to the associated detail page for that item.

Controller

Open /controllers/bookController.js. Find the exported book_detail() controller method and replace it with the following code.

// Display detail page for a specific book.
exports.book_detail = function(req, res, next) {

    async.parallel({
        book: function(callback) {

            Book.findById(req.params.id)
              .populate('author')
              .populate('genre')
              .exec(callback);
        },
        book_instance: function(callback) {

          BookInstance.find({ 'book': req.params.id })
          .exec(callback);
        },
    }, function(err, results) {
        if (err) { return next(err); }
        if (results.book==null) { // No results.
            var err = new Error('Book not found');
            err.status = 404;
            return next(err);
        }
        // Successful, so render.
        res.render('book_detail', { title: 'Title', book:  results.book, book_instances: results.book_instance } );
    });

};

Note: We don't need to require async and BookInstance, as we already imported those modules when we implemented the home page controller.

The method uses async.parallel() to find the Book and its associated copies (BookInstances) in parallel. The approach is exactly the same as described for the Genre detail page above.

View

Create /views/book_detail.pug and add the text below.

extends layout

block content
  h1 #{title}: #{book.title}
  
  p #[strong Author:] 
    a(href=book.author.url) #{book.author.name}
  p #[strong Summary:] #{book.summary}
  p #[strong ISBN:] #{book.isbn}
  p #[strong Genre:] 
    each val, index in book.genre
      a(href=val.url) #{val.name}
      if index < book.genre.length - 1
        |, 
  
  div(style='margin-left:20px;margin-top:20px')
    h4 Copies
    
    each val in book_instances
      hr
      if val.status=='Available'
        p.text-success #{val.status}
      else if val.status=='Maintenance'
        p.text-danger #{val.status}
      else
        p.text-warning #{val.status} 
      p #[strong Imprint:] #{val.imprint}
      if val.status!='Available'
        p #[strong Due back:] #{val.due_back}
      p #[strong Id:]&nbsp;
        a(href=val.url) #{val._id}
 
    else
      p There are no copies of this book in the library.

Almost everything in this template has been demonstrated in previous sections.

Note: The list of genres associated with the book is implemented in the template as below. This adds a comma after every genre associated with the book except for the last one.

  p #[strong Genre:]
    each val, index in book.genre
      a(href=val.url) #{val.name}
      if index < book.genre.length - 1
        |, 

What does it look like?

Run the application and open your browser to http://localhost:3000/. Select the All books link, then select one of the books. If everything is set up correctly, your page should look something like the following screenshot.

Book Detail Page - Express Local Library site

Next steps

Document Tags and Contributors

 Contributors to this page: chrisdavidmills, bunnybooboo
 Last updated by: chrisdavidmills,