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Auto-magical scaffolding for the Garber-Irish Implementation way of organizing your javascript.
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 Project Readme

PokeJs

Auto-magical scaffolding for the Garber-Irish Implementation way of organizing your javascript.

Purpose

Javascript is hard to organize and debugging ajax is a mess. This is one method to organizing your javascript neatly by mirroring the controllers and having all the JS outside of your HTML views.

How it works

Setup your namespace

APP = {
	all: {
		html: {
			init: function() {
			}
		}
	},
	demos: {
		html: {
			init: function() {
			},
			demo_action: function() {
			}
		}
	}
}

What happens

After, requests to demos#demo_action with format html will call the following functions (if they exist):

  • APP.all.html.init
  • APP.demos.html.init
  • APP.demos.html.demo_action (with parameters if given)

js format is also supported, i.e.:

  • APP.all.js.init
  • APP.demos.js.init
  • APP.demos.js.demo_action (with parameters if given)

Installation

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'poke_js'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Add this to your app/assets/javascripts/application.js

//= require poke_js

Make sure your app/views/layouts/application.html.erb (and all your other layouts) looks like this:

<html>
<head><%= poke %></head>
<body data-controller="<%= poke_js_template.first %>" data-action="<%= poke_js_template.last %>"></body>
</html>

Basic Use

I like to have a JS file for every controller in app/assets/javascripts/controllers. Like so:

app/assets/javascripts/controllers/demos.js:

(function() {
	var demos = APP.define('demos', {
		html: {
			edit: function(params) {
				alert(params.alert_message);
			}
		},

		js: {
			new: function(params) {
				console.log(params.log_message);
			}
		}
	});
})();

APP.define() extends or creates the namespace APP.demos and returns it. This allows me to access APP.demos through the demos variable.

You can also use the traditional hash namespacing shown in the Setup your namespace section.

HTML

So if a html request is sent to demos#edit, APP.demos.html.edit is called with the HTML view rendering.

Javascript

For a js request sent to demos#new, APP.demos.js.new is called and nothing else happens.

Passing parameters

Optional Parameters are passed from a JSON DSL (such as jbuilder) and is passed as the params object to the function. You can pass any JSON object.

HTML

app/views/demos/edit_params.js.jbuilder:

json.alert_message "ploop"

so

APP.demos.html.edit({ alert_message: "ploop" });

is called automatically.

Javascript

app/views/demos/new.js.jbuilder:

json.log_message "loggggggggggggg"

so

APP.demos.js.new({ log_message: "loggggggggggggg" });

is called automatically.

Advanced Use

To be written...