Recently in an Aurelia project, I was working with nested repeaters (3 levels deep). The problem was I needed to get the $index from the top level repeater (so, level one). Instinctively, I presumed that you could do this:
This does not work. The
$parent variable only extends to the parent and cannot be chained.
I asked in the Aurelia team chat if anyone had a solution and thankfully core Aurelia developer Ashley Grant chimed in with a great solution that he learned from one of Rob’s intermediate training videos, that I had to share.
ref attribute, you simply create a reference to the repeater and then bind the index to the element itself. The solution is simple, introduces no performance issues (that I am aware of) and works great.
We first specify the ref attribute and provided it a name, I went with $root because it falls more inline with other repeater variables. Then you want to bind to the
index property and pass it in the current iteration index. Finally, any subsequent uses are:
$root is our element and
index is our bound value.