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Chic Event (Beta)

Chic Event is simple object-oriented event system for JavaScript. It's built on top of Chic.

Current Version: 0.0.1
Automated Build Status: Build Status
Node Support: 0.6, 0.8
Browser Support: Untested, coming soon

Getting Started

You can use Chic Event on the server side with Node.js and npm:

$ npm install chic-event

On the client side, you can either install Chic Event through Component:

$ component install rowanmanning/chic-event

or by simply including chic-event.js in your page:

<script src="path/to/lib/chic-event.js"></script>


In Node.js or using Component, you can include Chic Event in your script by using require:

var chicEvent = require('chic-event');
var Event = chicEvent.Event;
var EventEmitter = chicEvent.EventEmitter;

If you're just including with a <script>, Event and EventEmitter are available in the chic.event namespace:

var Event = chic.event.Event;
var EventEmitter = chic.event.EventEmitter;

The rest of the examples assume you've got the Event and EventEmitter variables already.

Chic Event's classes are build with Chic. Read the documentation to familiarise yourself with the API.


The EventEmitter class is best used by extending it. Doing so will give your new classes the ability to handle and emit events. EventEmitter has an extend static method; you can create your own class like this:

var Animal = EventEmitter.extend({
    init: function () { ... }
var fluffy = new Animal();

Once you have a class, you'll be able to use the following methods:


Bind a handler to an event type. This accepts two arguments:
type: (string) The type of event to bind to.
handler: (function) What to call when this type of event is emitted.

fluffy.on('eat', function () { ... });


Emit an event. This accepts two arguments:
type: (string) The type of event to emit.
event: (Event|mixed) The event object to pass to all handlers, or data with which to construct an event object.

The following examples are equivalent:

var event = new Event({food: 'steak'});
fluffy.emit('eat', event);
fluffy.emit('eat', {food: 'steak'});

Each of the handlers bound to the given event type will be called with the Event object as their first argument:

fluffy.on('eat', function (event) {
    if ( !== 'steak') {
        return 'Fluffy sicked up his ' +;
fluffy.emit('eat', {food: 'carrots'}); // Fluffy sicked up his carrots

Remove a specific handler from an event type. This accepts two arguments:
type: (string) The type of event to remove the handler from.
handler: (function) The handler to remove.

function onEat () { ... }
fluffy.on('eat', onEat); // bind a handler'eat', onEat); // then remove it

Remove all handlers from an event type. This accepts one argument:
type: (string) The type of event to remove the handlers from.

fluffy.on('eat', function () { ... }); // bind handlers
fluffy.on('eat', function () { ... });'eat'); // then remove them

Remove all handlers from all event types. Call with no arguments.

fluffy.on('eat', function () { ... }); // bind handlers
fluffy.on('poop', function () { ... });; // then remove them


The Event class is used to hold event data and allow handlers to stop events, preventing further handlers from executing.


This property contains the type of the event. It defaults to null and is set when passed into EventEmitter.emit:

var event = new Event();
fluffy.emit('eat', event);
event.type; // eat

This property contains the EventEmitter instance which triggered the event. It defaults to null and is set when passed into EventEmitter.emit:

var event = new Event();
fluffy.emit('eat', event); === fluffy; // true

This property contains the arbitrary event data which can be passed in during construction:

var event = new Event({food: 'steak'});; // steak

If EventEmitter.emit is called with anything other than an Event instance, then a new Event is created with the data passed into the constructor:

fluffy.on('eat', function (event) {; // steak
fluffy.emit('eat', {food: 'steak'});


Event handlers are executed in the order they are added. This method allows a handler to prevent execution of any other handlers later in the stack:

fluffy.on('eat', function (event) {
fluffy.on('eat', function (event) {
    // never called


This method returns whether the Event instance has been stopped with Event.stop:

var event = new Event();
event.stopped(); // false
event.stopped(); // true


To develop Chic Event, you'll need to clone the repo and install dependencies:

$ npm install

No code will be accepted unless all tests are passing and there are no lint errors. Commands are outlined below:

Lint code

Run JSHint with the correct config against the code-base:

$ npm run-script lint

Run unit tests (CLI)

Run unit tests on the command line in a Node environment:

$ npm test


Chic Event is licensed under the MIT license.



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