What is this course about?
Autocomplete is to look for the matches of a given query and show them as a list of suggestions for the query. As the name suggests, an autocompleting algorithm tries to automatically complete a given query.
This has a couple of benefits. Firstly, it reduces the amount of time spent in entering a given value - we type in a query, a list of suggestions is consequently shown, we select one suggestion from it, and we are done. Secondly, it improves the UX of a webpage by making it look professional and performant.
Big names out there - such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon - employ the use of autocompletion algorithms in their search bases to make their applications robust and allow for quicker option selection. Apart from these big names, autocompletion is now a general feature of the web.
Many libraries have been developed to power it on webpages, and many new dimensions have been given to it to make it even more powerful.
What will you learn in this course?
In this course you'll learn:
- How to code one of the most used features of the web, from scratch.
- The way to approach programming problems by breaking them down into smaller subproblems, solving the subproblems and then combining the solutions to these subproblems to solve the main problem.
- How to efficiently work with functions where code blocks are seen to be repeating.
... and much more.
Why should you take this course?
There have to be reasons for you to take this course, right? Some solid reasons. After all, if we're spending our time in something, then it ought to be rewarding. And definitely there are a couple of benefits of learning how to autocomplete.
- Firstly you'll learn a popular technique used all around the web. You'll closely understand its microscopic concepts and how to connect with one another to make it work as a single unit.
- Many autocompleting libraries out there, provide us with one feature or the other, but not with the whole set of features we may desire. In this tutorial, we'll create an autocompleter of our own choice that has all the subfeatures we desire, like grouping, sorting, highlighting and so on and so forth.