FAQ: Mongoose Fundamentals - Methods


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I’m wondering about our statics example code:

poemSchema.statics.firstAlphabetically = function(callback) {
  return this.findOne({}).sort('title').exec(callback);

I would expect this.findOne({}) to return a single instance of a model object. But we wouldn’t be able to then call sort if that were the case. What does this.findOne({}) return? I tried logging its return value to the console and got a wall of text.