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Linked content

Created by Richard Saunders, last modified by noellambertwork on 21 Dec 2017

An entry can link to other entries or assets as entry, asset or image field types. They can be defined as a standard entry field or as a composed field type in the content type. These links can be singular or multiples of the same content type e.g. Actor, Image, etc.

Linked content can be unresolved or resolved depending on whether a linkDepth value has been provided when retrieving entries using the get, list or search methods.

Unresolved entries

An unresolved entry or asset is essentially a subset of the entry structure with enough information to get the correct entry language variation. A subsequent service call is required to obtain the linked content. Unresolved entries and assets is the default behaviour for linked content.

Resolved entries

Entries can be resolved automatically in the service to a maximum depth of 10 using the linkDepth parameter in any retrieval operation. Resolving entries in a single call can significantly improve the render performance of your webpage or application. Whilst fewer network requests can be beneficial, it can also be detrimental if the linkDepth is too deep, or if there are many linked fields.

Resolution rules

When a linked entry is accessed then the following rules apply:

  • If a language has been specified in the link, then the specific language variation will be returned.
  • If a language has been specified in the link, but the specific language variation does not exist, then null will be returned or will not be included in the array.
  • If a language has not been specified, then the defaultLanguage value defined in the content type will be used to select the appropriate entry variation to return.
  • If a language has not been specified and there is no default variation, then null will be returned.

Example

resolve(entry: Entry, fields?: string[]): Promise<Entry>;
resolve(entryArray: Entry[], fields?: string[]): Promise<Entry[]>;
resolve(pageListOfEntries: PagedList<Entry>, fields?: string[]): Promise<PagedList<Entry>>;


(function(Zengenti) {
    var client = Zengenti.Contensis.Client.create();
    var movieId = 'd11315cb-4278-455b-84bb-04698db0ebd2';

    client.entries.get(movieId).then(function(film) {       
        return client.entries.resolve(film);
    }, function(error) {
        console.error(error);
    });

   client.entries.list('movies').then(function(films) {
         return client.entries.resolve(films);
    }, function(error) {
        console.error(error);
    });
})(Zengenti);