Ionic getting Pokemon cards from an API


Retrieving Pokemon cards from an API with Ionic

7 Feb, 2021 · 3 min read

Like many apps, we want our app to pull data from a specific API. In this case, it’s a Pokemon TCG (Trading Card Game) API.

It’s a good practice to create a service that will wrap the API to look at that today.

The result will be this Pokemon cards list when searching for a specific Pokemon name.

Note: Today’s article covers a wrapped API. For your simple API, I refer you to my article on showing Ionic API Results.

Adding the API

The API comes as a typescript variant, so we don’t need to wrap our calls in an HTTP wrapper.

We do have to add the package to our project.

npm install --save pokemon-tcg-sdk-typescript

This will install the Pokemon TCG API.

Then we want to create our service where we can implement all our logic for the API calls.

ng g service services/card

That will generate a service inside the shared folder called card.service.ts.

Open up the card.service.ts file and start by importing the PokemonTCG API.

import { PokemonTCG } from 'pokemon-tcg-sdk-typescript';

We want to build a function that can search the API for a specific card name.

searchCard(name:string) {
  let params:PokemonTCG.IQuery[] = [{name: 'name', value: name}];
  return PokemonTCG.Card.where(params);

The API comes with an IQuery, which we can use to provide a specific search. Then we call the Card API and pass our search query.

Using the API Service in a component

So far, we have the Card Service, but it won’t do much if we don’t have a component talking to it.

Let’s modify component since we previously ensured that it was secured for logged-in users.

Let’s start by defining an empty array of cards.

cards: Card[];

We load the Card type from the API as such:

import { Card } from 'pokemon-tcg-sdk-typescript/dist/sdk';

Then we want to add our wrapping service to the constructor.

constructor(private cardService: CardService) {}

This will load the Card service we created. You do need to import it still.

import { CardService } from '../services/card.service';

The last thing we need is a function that can search for a specific name of Pokemon.

searchCard(event) {
  this.cardService.searchCard(event.srcElement.value).then(cards => { = cards;

This function will receive an event, at which point it will call the cardService and invoke the searchCard method. It will return a list of cards and set the local reference to these cards as a callback.

Now let’s look at how we can call this function from our HTML file.

<ion-searchbar (search)="searchCard($event)"></ion-searchbar>

The ion-searchbar is a great way to accomplish this. I used the (search) callback since I didn’t want to flood the API with a partial request.

This means the search event will only fire once we click search or enter instead of doing it on every tick.

Now we need a grid to showcase all our cards.

    <ion-col size="4" *ngFor="let card of cards">
      <img [src]="card.imageUrl" [title]="" />

This will loop over our cards and add the image to our output. It will make size four columns, which means 4/12, so 1/3 of the width.

And that’s it; if we now search for a Pokemon and click enter, we should see all the cards associated.

Charizard search in Ionic

You can find today’s code on the following GitHub repo.

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