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Convert raw data into an object that can be used to create a can.Model instance.

can.Model.parseModel( data, xhr ) 2.1


  1. data {Object}

    The data to convert to a can.Model instance.

  2. xhr {XMLHTTPRequest}

    The XMLHTTPRequest object used to make the request.



An object of properties to set at the [can.Model::attr attributes] of a model instance.

parseModel: "PROPERTY"

Creates a parseModel function that looks for the attributes object in the PROPERTY property of raw instance data.


can.Model.parseModel(data, xhr) is used to convert the raw response of a findOne, update, and create request into an object that model can use to create a model instances.

This method is never called directly. Instead the deferred returned by findOne, update, and create is piped into parseModel. If findOne was called, the result of that is sent to model.

If your server is returning data in non-standard way, overwriting can.Model.parseModel is the best way to normalize it.

Expected data format

By default, model expects data to be a name-value pair object like:

{id: 1, name : "dishes"}

If your data does not look like this, you probably want to overwrite parseModel.

Overwriting parseModel

If your service returns data like:

{ thingsToDo: {name: "dishes", id: 5} }

You will want to overwrite parseModel to pass the model what it expects like:

Task = can.Model.extend({
 parseModel: function(data){
   return data.thingsToDo;

You could also do this like:

Task = can.Model.extend({
 parseModel: "thingsToDo"