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Adding aliases

Add the definitionIDs used by your application to the aliases object in your JavaScript file. This will allow you to read records and write records using human-readable aliases.

Default aliases

IDX comes prepackaged with a set of default definitions and corresponding aliases that you can use within your project to write or read records without any additional configuration or set up. These do not need to be added to your alias object and their aliases can be used automatically.

To understand what's included, view default definitions.

Use case: Read or write to a universal user profile

IDX includes a basicProfile alias that allows you to read or write to a basic user profile without needing to worry about definitions or aliases.

Custom aliases

If you want to do more with IDX than what's inclued in default definitions, you will need to gather existing definitions or create new definitions and then add them to your aliases object.

const aliases = {
  alias1: 'definitionID 1',
  alias2: 'definitionID 2',

Using existing definitions

If you want to write or read records that already exist and have been created by third-party applications, then you will need to reuse existing definitions and add them to your aliases object. Reusing definitions encourages cross-platform data interoperability by converging on definitions and schema standards specific to certain use cases. After discovering these definitions, you will need to add them to your aliases object.

There are various ways to discover existing definitions, see existing definitions.

Use case: Display blog posts created in another application

For a simple demonstration, let's consider a use case where two different applications want to display the blog posts created by a user. Both applications would need to read the same record that contains the list of the user's blog posts. To do this they would need to use the same definition.

Using new definitions

If you are not able to use default or existing definitions in your project, then you will need to create new definitions. Creating new definitions allows you to create and interact with records specifically suited to the needs of your application. After creating definitions, you will need to add them to your aliases object.

For a step by step guide, see creating definitions.