In my application that uses JS the user can click a button to create a new record, the goal is to give them a column in a table where they can select an active user to assign the record to. So i built a remote action that queries all the active users into a list and then the JS functions take over and that list is now searchable in this field which works great.


public static List<User> getActiveUsers() {

    String query = 'SELECT Id, FirstName, LastName FROM User WHERE IsActive = TRUE';
    return Database.query(query);


  <input type="text" class="form-control" ng-model="selectedOwner" placeholder="Type Owner Name"
         bs-options="user as user.FirstName + ' ' + user.LastName for user in userCollection | filter:$viewValue" bs-typeahead required/>

Now I want to take it one step further that when the page is first loaded the default is the current user.

So this makes me think I need another remote action to get the current user's information.


public static List<User> getCurrentUser() {
    String query = 'SELECT id, FirstName, LastName FROM User WHERE Id = $User.Id';
    return Database.query(query);

This compiles and lets me save however, when I run it through anonymous apex to see if a result returns I get the error:

no viable alternative at character '$'

Is this the right way to do this?


1 Answer 1


You can just merge the $User global variables into your markup:

var runningUserId = "{!$User.Id}"

Or you can use UserInfo methods in Apex. Don't use dynamic queries unless static queries won't work for you.

public static User getCurrentUser()
    return [SELECT Id, Name FROM User WHERE Id = :UserInfo.getUserId()];
  • That's solid advice. Jun 21, 2017 at 18:57

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