Display Item Details

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In this section, you will add the ability to view details for each book. In app.js, add to the following code to the view model:

self.detail = ko.observable();

self.getBookDetail = function (item) {
    ajaxHelper(booksUri + item.Id, 'GET').done(function (data) {

In Views/Home/Index.cshtml, add a data-bind element to the Details link:

<ul class="list-unstyled" data-bind="foreach: books">
    <strong><span data-bind="text: AuthorName"></span></strong>: <span data-bind="text: Title"></span>
    <!-- New code -->
    <small><a href="#" data-bind="click: $parent.getBookDetail">Details</a></small>

This binds the click handler for the <a> element to the getBookDetail function on the view model.

In the same file, replace the following mark-up:

<div class="col-md-4">
    <!-- TODO: Book details -->

with this:

<!-- ko if:detail() -->

<div class="col-md-4">
<div class="panel panel-default">
  <div class="panel-heading">
    <h2 class="panel-title">Detail</h2>
  <table class="table">
    <tr><td>Author</td><td data-bind="text: detail().AuthorName"></td></tr>
    <tr><td>Title</td><td data-bind="text: detail().Title"></td></tr>
    <tr><td>Year</td><td data-bind="text: detail().Year"></td></tr>
    <tr><td>Genre</td><td data-bind="text: detail().Genre"></td></tr>
    <tr><td>Price</td><td data-bind="text: detail().Price"></td></tr>

<!-- /ko -->

This markup creates a table that is data-bound to the properties of the detail observable in the view model.

The "<!-- ko -->" syntax lets you include a Knockout binding outside of a DOM element. In this case, the if binding causes this section of markup to be displayed only when details is non-null.

<!-- ko if:detail() -->

Now if you run the app and click one of the "Detail" links, the app will display the book details.

Screenshot of the application window showing the Books pane with a list of books and the Detail pane showing the list of details for a selected book.