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how do i use a variable as a field name in a mongo query in meteor

how do i use a variable as a field name in a mongo query in meteor  using -'javascript,mongodb,meteor'

How would I go about using a variable as a field name in a Mongo query in a Meteor application.

Here is an example...

This runs a find on my request controllers collection after capitalizing the collection name for the parent id of a child.  The child is the users field.

window[Meteor.request.controller.capitalise()]["find"]({ _id: Session.get('parent_id'), users: params.child }).count()

As you can see my controller is a variable name for the collection item which allows me to have a single line of code for finding children of controller/collections but I need to be able to set the child field name to a variable.  In the above example that would be users but I want it to be a variable name.  

I have tried this but it does not work.

window[Meteor.request.controller.capitalise()]["find"]({ _id: Session.get('parent_id'), [Session.get('child_collection_name').decapitalise()]: params.child }).count()



returns users

Any ideas?  If I can figure out how to use a variable name in a mongo query in meteor it would reduce my code footprint significantly.

asked Sep 28, 2015 by mannumits1
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The query is just a JavaScript object, so you can build it step by step:

var query = { _id: Session.get('parent_id') };
var myCustomField = Session.get('child_collection_name').decapitalise();
var myCustomValue = params.child;
query[myCustomField] = myCustomValue;
var count = SomeCollection.find(query).count();

Does that do the trick?

answered Sep 28, 2015 by santosh soni